GARDINER – Tucked well in from the road on a pastoral 2.5-acre lot in the kind of pleasantly rural neighborhood where you can hear owls hoot and the stars are vivid in an “unpolluted” night sky, this charming Cape farmhouse was built in 1860, but has been substantially re-invented by its present owners over the past decade.

Among the most recent renovations are the kitchen, which has a gas range, and a woodstove on a tiled hearth. (There’s great wood storage on the end-to-end, 8-foot-wide, covered side porch, which is also new.)

The kitchen flows through dining space into a den area, both very bright thanks to east/south orientation. The large living room is open both to the den and to the hall, off which there’s a new, nicely appointed full bath with soaking tub. The bathroom comfortably accommodates washer and dryer, too.

Upstairs there are three good-sized bedrooms. The front room is beautifully paneled and has an alcove with built-in dresser; the back room has an accessory powder room.

Connected by the breezeway, off which there’s a new porch for relaxing in fine weather, the attached, oversized garage has plenty of workshop space, and walkup storage on the second level. There’s plenty of scope for gardening, and a very large, very tomato-generating bed already in place.

Alongside an ancient stone wall running through the property, a couple of outbuildings provide an opportunity to house critters. There’s a small chicken coop, and a barn that can (and did, not long ago) accommodate a couple of horses.

The location is convenient, too: less than 1 mile from River Road (U.S. Route 24) and so a very short hop to all downtown conveniences; and also to the turnpike via U.S. Route 201, in the other direction.

The 1,415-square-foot home at 164 Capen Road, Gardiner is listed for sale by Debra Harris 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 Debra at 576-8596, 689-9841, or at [email protected].


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