GARDINER – Even in midwinter, any discussion of this handsome brick Cape must begin with the setting: a 1.38 acre lot that’s a very pleasant park unto itself, with perennial gardens, raised beds for vegetables, old-growth maples, and even a water-feature – a small, pump-fed lily pond with a little trickling waterfall.

The vintage home is the perfect complement to its surroundings. Built in 1847, it has been completely modernized by owners who have been careful to retain original features and preserve period charm.

Among the updates: The deep porch has been enclosed and finished to create a bright, south-facing, four-season sun room with gas fireplace, brick hearth and light-maple flooring. Upstairs, the enlarged, carpeted master bedroom runs front-to-back, has a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, and includes a private balcony and a daylight, walk-in cedar closet.

Speaking of closets, they are large and plentiful (there is also a walk-in attic at the back of the second floor); and built-ins are everywhere, too. Shelving flanks the sunroom’s hearth, and the first-floor office makes a fine library; the long dining room has two large china cabinets, one in a corner, the other with sideboard beneath. Shelves for objets d’art enhance the graceful arch that subtly divides the front-to-back living room.

Spacious at 3,336 square feet, the home has four bedrooms upstairs, two front and two behind. In the center of the upstairs is a huge, full bath with jetted tub on a tiled platform. Laundry is in an enclosure in an open room with “breakfast” stairs down to the kitchen, which has a two-level dining/work island and a four-burner gas range. In the back hall, there’s a full bath with shower, which can serve the “back” bedrooms.

The home at 53 West Hill Road, Gardiner, is listed for sale at $219,900 by Harrison Wolfington of Laflin & Wolfington Realty in Hallowell.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Harrison at 747-3575, 592-8844, or at [email protected].

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