College or Residential Campus For Sale

General Description

Three modern 2-story buildings (63,400 sq. ft.) secluded on twenty acres of rolling wooded land at the edge of a village in Southern Maine, about 90 miles from Boston. Built from 1964 to 1968 as dormitories for 352 students with classrooms for 120. Now under extensive renovation with new roofs and electrical services. Tennis courts, amphitheater, lounges and activity rooms.

The Buildings

Hanscom Hall is a 1968 two-story frame dormitory of 17,000 sq. ft. net, capacity 12 two bedroom units and 14 one bedroom units, or 128 students with two central lounges of 600sf each and a faculty apartment. Insulated, new gable roof, brick and stucco exterior.
Forbes Hall is a 1966 two-story steel and timber dormitory of 18,000 sq. ft. net, capacity 30 two bedroom units and 2 one bedroom units, or 120 students with two central lounges of 2300sf each, six small classrooms for 120 students and two faculty apartments. Insulated, new gable roof, brick and stucco exterior.
Pryor-Hussey Hall is a 1964 two-story block and frame dormitory of 13,000 sq. ft. net, capacity 17 two-bedroom units or 104 students with two central areas of 1200sf each and two faculty studios. Insulated, new gable roof, brick and block exterior. This building is unfinished.

Full plans and specifications are included for the site and each of the buildings. Floor plans and suggested plans for apartment conversion may be downloaded using the links below.

The Land

The campus consists of about twenty acres of attractively wooded gently-sloping land between a residential area of the village and the forest. About three acres are cleared and landscaped. A very pretty seasonal stream flows diagonally across the campus through the woods for about 1/4 mile to lowland near the entrance. A paved entrance road leads from the entrance on Summer Street, between Pryor-Hussey Hall and a neighboring elementary school, rising about 20 feet and and curving about 1/4 mile toward the two upper buildings and a landscaped circle overlooking the stream and woods. Drives between the buildings lead to parking areas with a capacity of about 80 vehicles.

The Location

The campus is located at the edge of the village of Springvale in southern Maine, about 90 minutes from Boston and 45 minutes from Portland. Surrounding land is principally forest, with a small town residential area and an elementary school at the entrance. Most construction and site services and equipment are available in the village (pop. 5,000) or neighboring Sanford (pop. 26,000); larger equipment and specialized services are brought from Portland. Sanford has three shopping malls with major department stores and food stores, as well as medical facilities. There are several moderate hotels and good restaurants in the area. The region has many beautiful lakes, and popular ocean beaches are 30 to 45 minutes away in Wells and York.


The campus was built between 1964 and 1968 as an expansion campus of the former Nasson College (1912-1983), which was intended to form a complete college division with academic and residential facilities. The college closed in 1983 and this campus was idle until 1992, when it was purchased to establish a college preparatory school. Since then the buildings have been partially renovated. Changes in the plans of Springvale School make the campus available.


All buildings are structurally sound, secured, and have new roofs installed between 1996 and 2001. Electrical service to Forbes Hall is new; others will receive new metered services in 2010. Underground oil tanks have been removed. Completion of exterior renovations is scheduled for 2010. Heating and plumbing systems require upgrade or replacement according to use. Interiors appear somewhat worn, requiring some plaster repair, painting, window glass and possibly carpeting. Dormitory baths require upgrade, but much dormitory furniture remains usable in the two upper buildings. Lawn conditions around the buildings average fair except recently planted areas.


The campus is within a two hour drive of the population of greater Boston, and is the southernmost residential facility of its size in Maine. It is easily located on the first visit by Boston residents without prior knowledge of the area. When unboarded the buildings have a pleasant modern appearance, and are designed to house 352 students and several faculty members. This was the best facility found in New England during a ten-year search (1982 - 1992) for the establishment of a small college or independent school.

Assisted Living Facility planners should note moderate local labor rates. Conference or retreat center planners should note that the airport drive to Portland is most convenient at 45 minutes; Boston, MA is about two hours away by car, and Manchester, NH about 90 minutes.

Apartment or Condominium Conversion

Apartment developers should note that of the seven dormitories of the former college, three have been successfully converted to apartments and townhouses. These three buildings remain unconverted but are the most recent and most attractively located. The buildings are very suitable for conversion to residential units. Window size and layout, cieling height, exterior appearance and landscaping are all very well suited to an apartment complex without modification. Most floors and walls are wood frame and readily modified where necessary. Grouped baths to be removed; per-unit electrical services to be installed; heating may remain common but central systems to be replaced. There is room for additional parking and site plan review with contract zoning are available. An estimated minimum of 75 additional units could be constructed on the site. Floor plans may be downloaded using the links below, showing conversion of Forbes Hall to accommodate 30 two bedroom units and 2 one bedroom units; Hanscom Hall accommodates 12 two bedroom units and 14 one bedroom units; Pryor-Hussey Hall accommodates 17 two-bedroom units. The two bedroom units range from 720 to 800 sq. ft. and the one bedroom units range from 600 to 650 sq. ft.

If converted to 75 condominium units with an average value of $134,666.67 less conversion costs averaging $37,866.67 per unit, with an average time to sale of 12 months, net sales proceeds of $4,692.260.21 are projected after all costs and commissions. See Projected Returns spreadsheet below.

If converted to 75 apartments, 59 two bedroom units at 720-800 per month with heat, and 16 one bedroom units at 600-650 per month with heat (rents based upon recent market study), with reasonable absorbtion rates, a Net Operating Income of $525,778.03 is reached within 7 years, and an IRR return rate of 15% is realized upon sale, with net cash flow of $2,496,132.19 after all costs and commissions. See Projected Returns spreadsheet below.


Price $2,160,000 will increase by about 250,000 USD upon completion of exterior renovations. Up to 50% primary owner financing will be considered.

Non-exclusive brokerage agreement will be considered.

Contact Information

For brochure, inspection appointments, driving directions, and accommodations contact:
John Barth, President
Springvale School Corporation
P.O. Box 88
Springvale, ME 04083
(207) 490-6505 Email:
All representations herein are believed to be accurate but are not guaranteed. The seller is fully informed as to the value of the property and has set the price to allow the experienced investor a solid opportunity and an excellent profit. The case study below performed at Brown University shows an excellent IRR. Proposals involving leases, secondary owner financing, or aggressive negotiation are therefore not to be considered.


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Floor Plans, Concept Drawings, and Suggested Conversion Plans

These are large images which may require several seconds or minutes to download over slower links. The layout drawings show the present dormitory layout on the right side for each floor, and the suggested residential conversion layout on the left side.

Plan of Hanscom Hall showing layout as dormitory and suggested apartment conversion plan.
Plan of Forbes Hall showing layout as dormitory and suggested apartment conversion plan.
Plan of Pryor-Hussey Hall showing layout as dormitory and suggested apartment conversion plan.
Drawing of Pryor-Hussey Hall showing design concept for exterior completion of central section.
Drawing of Pryor-Hussey Hall showing design concept for exterior completion of wings.

Valuation Case Study Done In 2004 At Brown University

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Other Background Material

Text of the Brochure Available by Mail (Word document).


Aerial of the village and campus.

 Aerial of the village and campus in Autumn (showing no leaves on the many deciduous trees).

Aerial of the campus.

 Aerial view of the 20-acre campus showing Hanscom Hall, Forbes Hall, and Pryor-Hussey Hall (left to right).

Campus drive.

 The campus drive winds through woods between the buildings for about 1/4 mile to a circle overlooking the stream.

Center of Forbes Hall.

 Forbes Hall illustrates the architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright (Eleanore Petterson, AIA, 1966).

View of Forbes Hall from uphill.

 The central building, Forbes Hall combines classroom and dormitory space for 120.

Hanscom Hall

 Hanscom Hall.

Hanscom Hall

 Hanscom Hall.

Hanscom Hall

 Hanscom Hall.

View of the circle

 View of the circle at the end of the campus drive.

Stream through the campus.

 In spring and fall the stream babbles between mossy rocks, descending to quiet shady pools in the forest.

Village library.

 The Springvale Public Library has expanded tastefully with the assistance of a recent major bequest..

Stream through the campus.

 Attractive churches of several denominations grace the village and nearby town..

Shopping in the village.

 A good selection of shops and restaurants in the village are within walking distance..

A waterfall in the village.

 Several waterfalls in the village tell of the days of water power and small mills, some of which remain..

Coastal homes.

 Large modern homes near the coast..

Nubble lighthouse.

 Nubble Light is a popular theme among painters.

A view of the coast.

 The rocky coast of Maine offers dramatic views of the sea.