HALLOWELL – On the pleasantly rural west side of town, yet still only five minutes to the fine shops and restaurants of its vibrant and historic waterfront center, here is a spacious and sparkling custom contemporary with a wealth of amenities, from central air and standby propane generator to gorgeous sunsets.

Also among them are a pretty, pastoral setting with a two-acre lot of gardens and rolling lawns and stone walls; radiant heat throughout the ceramic-tiled first floor; a great workshop/studio above the two-vehicle garage (there’s a single-vehicle garage, too); and on the second floor, a wonderful, 800-square-foot family/multi-purpose room with a vaulted ceiling, a walk-in, partial-daylight attic with built-ins, and superb views out over the countryside.

As the lovely hardscaping outside the door – leaf-shaped landings and cobblestones – suggests, this is no ordinary property. Built in 2003, the pristine, 2,912-square-foot home provides the option of one-level living (the first-floor bedroom is served by a pretty bath with vessel sink and jet soaking tub); the upstairs bedrooms have their own baths and extra spaces. The seller has noted that the 11-room house’s “unique design … supplies terrific communal space for entertaining as well as separated sleeping areas and more private multipurpose nooks for solo enjoyment.”

The front-to-back, open-concept side of the main level features a very cool kitchen (birch cabinetry, honed granite surfaces, stainless appliances including gas range) that flows into a dining space and then the living room, which has a gas stove. Lots of beadboard, including a full wall, enhances cottage character. A full-view door opens to the side-to-side deck, and there’s a sweet bonus in the form of a beautifully panelled year-round sun room.

The home at 11 Benjamin Drive, Hallowell, is listed for sale at $350,000 by Tanya Busch of The Maine Real Estate Network (Auburn office) and is being shown by appointment. For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Tanya at 212-6161, 689-9880, or at [email protected].

Produced by the Marketing Department of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, the Home of the Week is provided at no cost.

Photos by Bowdoin Photography, Winslow, Maine.

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