PITTSTON – Traditionally, seven years is a significant period of time in life. As is a century.

So there’s a cool symmetry to this home’s being offered for sale just now. It was built in 1917, and since 2010 its owners have carried out all kinds of fortunate updates, both functional (e.g. insulation) and aesthetic (just about everywhere).

And if the low price ($172,000) and annual taxes ($1,602) don’t quite fit that numerical scheme, they do represent an excellent value to any buyers looking for a home that’s affordable, has no maintenance needs, and offers wonderful period character. Southern Maine home-seekers should note that this farmhouse is 50 minutes from Portland.

Despite its vintage, this is not an “old”-feeling house, but one that is bright and fresh throughout. Credit well-chosen interior wall colors; large 2-over-2 windows that welcome in lots of light; sweet touches like the black-and-white, diamond-patterned floor in the mudroom/laundry, and the new, white shelving and tile backsplashes in the kitchen; and all-around fine condition.

Flooring is primarily wide pine, except in the pantry, where it’s 2-inch maple. A half-bath has been added beneath the front stairs. The dining room/family room has a wood stove on a brick hearth. A first-floor bedroom is another advantage.

Upstairs, bedrooms back and front are good-sized, and the full bath has a cast-iron tub. A partially-daylight walk-in attic provides extensive storage. And that’s in addition to the attached barn/carriage house, which has a great workshop, and a walkup loft that adds plenty more space.

The home sits on a one-acre lot with lots of gardens and mature trees, and the back lawn is bounded by a pretty meadow. The location, barely a couple of miles from the bridge to Gardiner, is very convenient.

The 1,800-square-foot home at 54 Smithtown Road, Pittston, is listed for sale by Geri Doyle of Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson Realtors in Augusta. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Geri at 622-9000, 592-0566 or at [email protected].

 

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