AUGUSTA  – Extraordinary to find such a house in the heart of the city. Extraordinary to find such a property anywhere, perhaps. So it is not surprising that the home is now under contract.

Tucked in just two blocks from Western Avenue, here is a Zen-like haven on almost three beautifully landscaped and extensively hardscaped acres, with an irrigation system; an overlook, perched high on the trees-surrounded slope; and a charming, shingled, cottage-like garden shed.

Originally a Cape, the 2,875-square-foot, mahogany-sided home dates back to 1831. But the only signs of such antiquity you may notice may be the massive granite foundation blocks (seen while checking out the basement and the heating system, which supplies radiant heat to seven zones); and the splendid wood detailing that in some instances appears to have been re-purposed from two centuries ago.

Otherwise, the home is effectively new, having been gutted and re-framed in 2007. The two-bay garage with workshop space, and a large, finished yoga/studio room (access is via a spiral staircase) was added in 2014.

The super-insulated home’s main level includes 660 16-inch-by-16-inch slate tiles, plus mahogany, for flooring. The master bath is marble. The cathedral-ceilinged great room/family room has a Russian fireplace. A step up, the mahogany-and-granite kitchen’s high-end appliances include a six-burner Jenn-Air gas range and a wine fridge.

Interior architecture includes many arches, and a pair of wide “keyhole” doors off a foyer that makes a perfect sitting room, or even gallery. Each room (there are three, or four, bedrooms, and 2.5 baths) seems a work of art, featuring antique door frames and other moldings, custom glass, hand-cut ironwork, and wood carvings.

The home at 5 Lancaster Lane, Augusta, is listed by Allyson Karter of Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group (Augusta office). Annual taxes are $4,481.

For information on other fine homes in Central Maine, please contact Allyson at 649-6826; 629-3526 ext. 453526; 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.

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