GARDINER – Some historic homes feel like museums. This one most certainly does not.

A Queen Anne Victorian, it was designed by noted architect Edwin E. Lewis, and built by prosperous shipbuilder William Bradstreet for his daughter, Alice White, in 1888.  The William W. Bradstreet House retains most of its architectural distinction, and much of its interior charm – for example, two beautiful tile fireplaces, bullseye moldings, hardwood floors, 9-foot ceilings, and a pair of gracefully curved alcoves with window seats.

At the same time, the home has been completely renovated in the past two years, with an eye to modern comforts, tastes and efficiency. Lines are clean; rooms are as bright as they are spacious (the interior totals 3,800 square feet). Two front parlors, and an office/den/playroom off the kitchen, provide floor-plan flexibility. The five bedrooms and 3.5 baths include full suites on both the first and second stories, enhancing the property’s excellent bed-and-breakfast potential.

The new kitchen has stainless appliances, granite surfaces including a 9-foot island, abundant cabinetry, and a walk-in pantry. There’s a dining nook, and on each side, full-view doors open to a covered porch – one for morning, one for afternoon/evening. Natural gas is available for the stove, a dryer, and both fireplaces.

At 1.05 acres, the park-like lot is a rare bonus in town. A garage can easily be added. The quiet, family neighborhood of handsome homes is very walkable, with the Gardiner Common just a block away, and the riverfront and all conveniences a short stroll down the hill.

The home at 23 Dennis St., Gardiner, is listed for sale at $239,000 by Lisa Hicks of The Maine Real Estate Network (Auburn office). Please contact Lisa at 689-9800, 592-5374, or at [email protected].

The Central Maine Home of the Week is produced by the Marketing Department of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.

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