AUBURN – If you moved this cool 1920 New Englander to an average Portland neighborhood, it would probably be listed for sale at about $225,000. That’s 50 percent more than its actual asking price – $150,000.

That lower, eminently affordable number is due to location in the sense that the market here is very different than that in southern Maine. And yet it’s also the quiet-neighborhood, side-street location that makes the home such a great value, especially for a young family.

The 1,644-square-foot home sits on a very nice 0.26-acre lot that’s an easy-commute 10 minutes to Maine Turnpike Exit 75, an easy-walk 5 minutes to Lake Auburn Elementary, and the same quick drive time to shopping and all conveniences.

Oh, and skiing at Lost Vally  is but 10-15 minutes away.

But here, home is a great place to be. Behind a very pleasant enclosed front porch with beadboard ceiling, the bright interior combines a wealth of original features – e.g. oak trim, two-panel fir doors, maple flooring, French doors, vintage hardware, pretty radiator enclosures – with modern updates.

The garage-access back hallway has a powder room and laundry area. In the updated kitchen, the half-walls are nicely tiled, and both stainless refrigerator and dishwasher are new. Across a counter (where a wall was altered to open things up) are the dining room, and behind French doors, a delightful sunroom. Thanks to generous built-in shelving, the living room can double as a library.    

Upstairs, the full bath has a jet soaking tub and a lovely set of period built-in drawers and cabinets. There’s a large, step-in closet off the hall. Nursery and second bedroom are at the front; the master, at the back, has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, and ladder-stairs to an open loft with peak ceiling.

A new, 12-foot-by-14 foot deck has been added to the nicely screened back yard, which also has a large shed. The full, clean basement has plenty of storage and workshop space, and a vintage slate set tub. The burner is newer; the boiler, a Delco-Heat made by General Motors, and commercial grade to boot.

The home at 184 Whitney St., Auburn, is listed by Karen Jones of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Baxter Boulevard, Portland office) and is being shown by appointment. Annual taxes are $2,800.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Karen at 253-3219; 773-1990 ext. 219; 756-1855; 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.

Photographs by John Hutchings.

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