SMITHFIELD – Hanging on an outside wall of the shed near these 920 feet of frontage on East Pond, there is a clock. Which is a bit ironic, because this property is about as timeless as Maine lakefront classics can possibly be.

The 4,380-square-foot home is newer (built in 2004,) and so is the guest cottage. But the huge, restored, beautifully shingled barn dates from an era when there was a working farm on the site, and would be perfect for equestrian purposes. There’s a run-in for horses, and a total of 16.22 acres of lawn, meadow, and woods, with broad paths of mowed grass weaving through.

The charming guest cottage is near the water, a couple of hundred feet across the lawn from the house, and has a rail-fenced garden near the door. The cottage is heated and very nicely appointed. Cathedral ceilings enhance the living room, dining room and bedroom. There’s a full bath with tub off the galley kitchen, and a covered, screened porch.

The 12-room, contemporary-style home provides three levels of living, plus a huge, lake-facing deck. The oak-floored main level is primarily open-concept, with a granite-and cherry kitchen and a great room with a handsome wood-burning fireplace made of stone. The solarium in the home’s south wing is gorgeous.

On the two-bedroom upstairs, the master suite has a gas fireplace. There’s another bed and bath, and a carpeted family room, on the daylight, walkout lower level.

East Pond (1,117 acres) is one of the renowned Belgrade Lakes, and as fine and desirable an inland body of water as Maine has to offer. Water quality, fishing, and boating are excellent, and the property includes a dock.

The site on the east shore enjoys wonderful sunrises, expansive views over the lake – and great privacy. And yet the location is barely 15 minutes to Interstate 95, Waterville and Colby College.

The home at 8 Joly Lane, Smithfield, is listed for sale at $795,000 by Hoa Hoang of Hoang Realty in Augusta. Annual taxes are $13,048 (2016-17). For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Hoa at 485-1485, 623-0623 or at [email protected].

 

Photos by Remy Henry. The Central Maine Home of the Week is produced by the Marketing Department of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. Please send feature home suggestions to [email protected].