AUGUSTA – This stunning home has been placed on the Kennebec Historical Society’s roster of “future historic homes.” But although the house is not yet 30 years old, it surely already qualifies.

At more than 8,000 square feet, this is the largest building in Augusta (and probably beyond) still used as a private residence. It was built on the site of the c. 1790 homestead of the Leighton Farm, which once extended to 1,000 acres. Today, the lot measures “only” just under seven acres, which include a huge, cedar-hedge-screened front lawn; woods with a little stream; and a back yard that’s larger than a football field and has hosted a reception (for then-Gov. Angus King) attended by 300 people.

Because of the house style, “Chateau ——” has been suggested as a name. It is constructed of 30,000 bricks imported from Ohio, specially ordered because they match the bricks of the city’s St. Mary’s School. But the granite for the two entrance towers and the two fireplaces (the one in the Great Hall soars 23 feet) is from Rockland.

There are four bedroom suites: two upstairs, one on the lower level, and the largest, the 750-square-foot primary suite, on the main level. The cherry-cabineted, commercial-grade kitchen is updated with twin French-door stainless refrigerators and a six-burner-plus-griddle Viking gas range. The home has a swimming spa, and a very large upstairs recreation room. The lower-level games room’s Brunswick billiards table will convey, as will the home gym equipment.

Priced at $399,000, the estate-quality property represents a remarkable value, whether as a residence or as an owner-occupied business such as a facility for functions or a corporate retreat.

For more information or to arrange a viewing of 584 Leighton Road, please contact Bill Sprague of Sprague and Curtis Real Estate in Augusta at 623-1123, 458-0555, or at [email protected].

Produced by the Marketing Department of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, the Central Maine Home of the Week is provided at no cost.

Staff photos by Melanie Sochan.

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