WEST GARDINER – Here on a private lane in a pleasantly woodsy setting, barely a half-mile from Cobbosseecontee Lake, is a stately Colonial that is stunning inside and out. Scrupulously maintained and regularly updated, the property comes with the additional advantage of a two-bedroom in-law/rental apartment above the barn/garage.

This one-owner, 2,596-square-foot home, and the apartment created for family members, were built in 1993 to the very highest standards by the seller, who is a civil and environmental engineer. The finely finished living space totals 3,860 square feet, including the recent addition of a delightful, lofty “mudroom” with pickled pine board accents, and a full bath behind a pocket door.

The main level, which is essentially open-concept, flows very nicely around the “heart” of the home,  where there’s a woodstove on the kitchen’s brick hearth, and a new pellet stove on the dining room’s  brick. These two centrally placed, “auxiliary” sources effectively heat the home, while multi-zone, FHW oil heat is always an option.

Flooring is hardwood, or tile. The kitchen – oak cabinetry, stainless-and-black appliances, and granite-topped island – was updated in 2009. Floor-plan flexibility is a plus: the present office can serve perfectly as a dining room, with the dining room becoming a family room adjacent to the living room. French doors open to a great outdoor “room”  – a deck measuring more than 500 square feet, and overlooking the lawn.

Upstairs, the master suite occupies the south wing, front-to-back, and includes a lighted walk-in closet with built-ins, and a pretty blue-and-green full bath that has both a shower enclosure and a Jacuzzi tub, in a beautifully tiled surround. Washer and dryer are handy, in their own back room off the center of the hall, where a spiral staircase rises to the attic. Second and third bedrooms, both good-sized and with double closets, are served by a full bath set between them.

The apartment, whose monthly rental is put at $850, has two private staircases, from inside the huge garage and up to the deck. French doors open into a long, open dine-in kitchen with island; a half-wall sets off the side-to-side living room, beneath a cathedral ceiling. One bedroom, carpeted and with double closet, and a full bath with soaking tub open off the hall side of the kitchen. The larger bedroom is loft-style, and its illumination is enhanced by windows in the cupola.

The basement has some partially finished space, in the form of a family room and a crafts room with built-ins. The unfinished side has all the workshop and storage space one could want. Central vacuum and generator hookup are in place.

The 2.3-acre lot, with an ancient stone wall trailing along its north boundary, is sweetly and expertly landcaped, and includes a large shed for firewood.

The home at 16 Maplerock Lane, West Gardiner, is listed for sale at $340,000 by Jennifer Day of Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson in Augusta, and is being shown by appointment. For more information or to schedule a private viewing, please contact Jennifer at 512-8930, 592-8175, or at [email protected].


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