Four bedrooms; a buyer-friendly asking price of $214,900; an established neighborhood of well-kept homes; and the proximity of an excellent school system make this home in Hallowell an ideal option for many buyers.

The years have been very kind to the classic Cape built in 1951. Its owners have been kind, too – especially the seller, whose long list of updates over the past decade extends from the roof to the new furnace, and from replacement windows throughout, to a garage added in 2009.

The kitchen, expanded and renovated in 2013, is another highlight. Beadboard accents enhance natural brightness, and vintage built-ins lend period charm. Granite counters include an island with overhang for seating; appliances are sleek and stainless (five-burner gas range, French door refrigerator); flooring is a handsome, easy-care laminate. Off the kitchen, the carpeted, four-season sun porch provides a perfect dining room.

The full bath with tub has been redone in pretty aqua-and-white. Single-level living is an option, thanks to two good-sized first-floor bedrooms. Their oak floors, like the large living room’s, have been refinished.

Up carpeted stairs, the second-story floor plan is traditional Cape style: A nicely updated half-bath is in the center, flanked by large, front-to back bedrooms, which have multiple closets as well as under-eaves storage, and Douglas fir flooring in prime condition.

There’s more finished space above the detached, fully insulated garage, whose big, walkup bonus room has a beautiful bamboo floor. The immaculate space was formerly an office, and presents a range of opportunities for use.

Heating is easy on the wallet here. The new furnace operates at 97 percent efficiency, and the basement has a  wood stove. The basement also has workshop and laundry areas, extensive storage, and high ceilings that encourage creation of a recreation or family room.

The capital-area location is highly desirable. Hallowell is Maine’s smallest city, and its center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Water Street, the heart of the walkable, riverfront downtown, is lined with antique shops, boutiques, and friendly pubs and restaurants. Merrill’s, a second-floor vintage-books store, is a destination for book-lovers. Among other attractions are a farmer’s market and an annual summer festival, Old Hallowell Day.

This home enjoys a wonderful direct share of civic benefits. Behind the 0.34-acre property’s well-landscaped back yard is Vaughan Field, an eight-acre recreational expanse of open grass and woods with trails, a dog park, swings, and a covered picnic area.

Much of the year, a stand of mature trees essentially screens the park from the home at 4 Page St. But the seller has linked park and property by building a little bridge between them – yet another item in the impressive roster of improvements.

The home at 4 Page St., Hallowell, is listed by Harrison Wolfington of Laflin & Wolfington Realty in Hallowell. Please contact Harrison at  592-8844, 629-9211, or at [email protected].

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