BOWDOINHAM – An easy walk to the village center, here is a charming 1860 vintage home that combines the advantages of historic character; updates including new vinyl siding, roof, furnace, and some windows; and eminent affordability, at a list price of just $139,000.

There are three entrances: the classic, Greek Revival front with sidelights; the “garden” side entrance, with granite hitching post; and the door from the car port (which could readily be upgraded to a garage) to a large mudroom with closet, barn board walls, and exposed ceiling beams that extend into the adjacent family room (this now-finished section of the house was once the shed).

The eat-in kitchen, the center of the main level, has rustic character with its exposed brick and pine cabinetry; white or black appliances include newer stove and microwave. Off the side hall are an updated full bath with soaking tub, and laundry in an enclosure.  The adjacent living room – note the wide pine flooring – has a Jotul woodstove on a brick hearth.

Up the staircase – which is open, and wider in contrast to many that are steep and narrow in houses of this vintage – the big front bedroom has a large walk-in closet that was probably a nursery at one time. Off the hall, there’s a half-bath with space to add a shower. The second bedroom has a wide closet, and opens into the third bedroom, which has a cool, fold-down, built-in desk. The fourth second-floor room, most recently a sewing room, is great for storage or studio, or could become a second walk-in.

The lush, half-acre lot has good gardening potential, although back yard over-irrigation from the Cathance River needs to be taken into consideration. (The property is in a flood zone, but the house escaped harm even when water once covered the river bridge.)

The neighborhood historically known as Brooklin includes the town’s waterfront park, with a gazebo and picnic tables and a weekly farmers’ market; boat slips are available to rent; and the renowned smelt fishing draws enthusiasts from as far as Australia.


The location provides convenience (the village center is just across the bridge) and nearby I-295 Exit 37 makes for a quick commute to Topsham, Brunswick, Augusta, and Portland.

Please visit for more information, and for the times of an Open House to be held in September.

The 1,550-square-foot home at 26 Bay Road, (U.S. Route 24) Bowdoinham, is listed for sale by Sue Spann and Lula Hansen of RE/MAX Riverside in Topsham.

Please contact Sue at 319-7814, 725-1967, or [email protected]; or Lula at 319-7817, 837-2363, or [email protected]t.

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