MOUNT VERNON – “A woodland retreat,” indeed, but the phrase only hints at the extraordinary qualities, the peace and privacy,  of this 34-acre property on Journey’s End Road.

The 3,682-square foot home was built in 1987 on a high-ground site adjacent to the intersection of a deer run and a logging road, and near a 19th-century homestead, traces of which are still intact. The westerly view here extends 50 miles to Mount Blue.

The home is constructed to the highest standards of efficiency, quality, and sheer tremor-defying strength (not that tremors are actually a concern). Woodwork – pine, poplar, fir, oak – beautifully combines fine finishes with rustic charm. The wood was mostly harvested locally by the owner/seller, or repurposed, as in the barn planks of the pantry ceiling or the inches-thick vintage doors from a church in Massachusetts.

Literally and figuratively, the home’s centerpiece is the massive, eight-feet-wide stone chimney, and ingenious work of art with candle nooks and other niches, a built-in barbecue with custom-welded door, and antique iron fittings. Upstairs, a row of granite built-ins, also part of the chimney, forms the headboard in the master bedroom.

The grounds include a lovely, spring-fed, one-acre pond, with little islands. There are three outbuildings: a lofty camper garage with extensive wood storage; a 36-foot equipment barn whose open second level provides potential living space; and a 45-foot building for boat storage.

Please note that 133 Journey’s End Road can be purchased alone, for $500,000; or combined with adjacent 111 Journey’s End Road, for a total of 137 acres that includes frontage on quiet Long Pond, with a changing house, gazebo, and firepit/picnic area, for $950,000.

To learn more, please contact listing broker Les Priest of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group (Augusta office) at 215-7349 or at [email protected]m.

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

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