WINTHROP – “The newest old home around” is also one of the town’s most appealing, of any vintage, and has a fascinating history.

Built in 1864, the Amos Elliott Wheeler House served as the Idle-Wilde Inn for a time in the early 1900s (its location handy to several lakes made the inn a destination, and the property could become a bed-and-breakfast today). There is an old inn sign in the kitchen/dining area, and an engraved wall fragment bearing Wheeler’s name in the back stairway. The sleigh banister there also points to the home’s heritage, and is one of many original features that contribute to its traditional New England character.

Others include the lancet windows and bell on the antique front door, the handsome window bays in the living room and in the first-level master bedroom suite, the custom wood stove hearth fashioned from repurposed bricks, the wood flooring of pine, or ash.

But the 11-room, 4,625-square-foot house is indeed “new”: Rebuilt from the foundation up in 2006, and fresh as can be, with a long list of modern comforts and amenities: cast-iron whirlpool tub in the master bath; Corian counters including an angled island, custom hickory cabinetry, farmer’s sink, and newer appliances including double ovens and French door refrigerator, in the kitchen; slate flooring in the front entry and adjacent office; and a huge, beautifully paneled family room.

The garage has an expansive workshop that is ideal for contractors and woodworkers, especially considering the home business potential here. Above the garage (but accessed from the home) is a huge family/recreation room with separate areas for media, home gym, and games/billiards. There’s even a cool piano bar.

Systems are top-notch. The new septic provides for five bedrooms, and a Burnham high-efficiency oil boiler serves 10 heating zones.   

The home at 615 Stanley Road, Winthrop, is listed for sale at $394,000 by Sarah Allarie of Hoang Realty in Augusta. For more information or to schedule a private viewing, please contact Sarah at 242-9842 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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