MUNJOY HILL, PORTLAND – What could be finer than owning a single-family home here at one of Maine’s most desirable locations, in the heart of the city’s East End?

Owning two single-family homes, surely. Or, two condominiums.

Here on the southern, “water” side of the Hill, a couple of easy-stroll blocks from Congress Street, are two houses – one a Cape built in 1846, and the other a Greek Revival home built in 1826 – that are in the process of being legally split.

The homes share a driveway (off-street parking is a definite advantage) and the 0.12-acre lot, within which boundaries will be determined, should separate sales occur.

Taken together, the dwellings represent an excellent opportunity to establish a family compound. Each home has two bedrooms and two baths, and together measure a total of 2,563 square feet.

And just last year, each home was completely renovated, so that each is essentially new, from all-modern-comforts systems to top-quality finishes. The overall aesthetic is sleek and modern, but with due care given to preserving original character.

Wisteria vines ‘round its front porch and pediment, the Cape is a bright, 1,126-square-foot charmer whose highlights include refinished pumpkin pine flooring, a handsome china closet in the dining room, and a stunner of a tiled kitchen beneath exposed beams and cathedral ceiling.

Slightly more spacious at 1,437 square feet, and sitting to the rear of the lot, the Greek Revival home has an equally gorgeous kitchen, off which a sunny family room with a wood stove and a cool, striped floor opens out to a side deck and gardens.

Behind its picket fence, the yard is beautifully landscaped and hardscaped. As for the location, “The Hill” is renowned for its walkability, the St. Lawrence arts center, excellent restaurants and little shops. Stunning views of Casco Bay and the islands are steps away, along the Eastern Promenade and Fort Allen Park, and from the East End Beach and the Eastern Prom walking/jogging trail. And the Old Port district is just down the slope.

The homes at 34 and 36 Atlantic St., Portland, are listed for sale at $525,000 and $550,000 respectively, by Rita Yarnold of Bay Realty in Portland.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Rita at 831-8356; 775-3838, or at [email protected].

Produced by the Marketing Department of the Maine Sunday Telegram, the Home of the Week is provided at no cost.

Staff photos by Melanie Sochan.

Home staging by Joanne Yarnold.

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