MANCHESTER – “Move-in ready” doesn’t quite begin to describe the superb condition of this sweet raised ranch. When you read through the list of recent updates and improvements, it’s clear that the house will be “move-in ready” for at least another decade.

Consider efficiency, to cite just one example. After a new Pensotti boiler was installed in 2015, an energy audit was performed. Top-end fan/vents were placed in both full baths; the entire home was air-sealed and newly insulated; and two heat/AC pumps were added, upstairs and down.

These and other upgrades ensure the peace of mind that will allow a buyer to fully enjoy all the property has to offer. The location is super-handy to Augusta and all conveniences; to Maranacook and Cobbosseecontee lakes, with their beaches and boat launches; to Manchester Elementary, with its playing fields, and Maranacook High. (And let’s not forget Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream.) The established neighborhood, Manchester Village, is walkable and families-friendly.

Ideal for a family, the home sits on a 0.60-acre lot with plenty of lawn and play space. (The charming, shingled playhouse even has its own mailbox.) There’s a fire pit behind the detached, heated, two-vehicle garage, which has walkup storage.

The south-facing home, 1,621 square feet on its two levels, was built in 1956, but the only clues to that might be the oak flooring (refinished, of course) and the walk-in cedar closet. The main living area is open-concept and spacious enough for kitchen (with long island); dining (with large table); and sitting/living all together. There’s a family room, too, with an accessory powder room/laundry, on the daylight, walkout lower level, which also has a playroom (or office) with deck, and a good-sized bedroom.

Upstairs, down the hall past the second bedroom and a full bath with tub, the master suite gets excellent light on three sides: in the big bedroom, in the walk-in closet large enough to serve as a nursery (which it has done) and the full bath.

The home at 6 Kennison St., Manchester, is listed at $179,900 by Bruce Holmes of Century 21 Venture, Ltd., in Augusta. Please contact Bruce at 622-6221 ext. 212; 632-7542, or at [email protected].

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