VIENNA – Because it looks and feels so new and fresh, you might not believe that this year-round waterfront cottage on Flying Pond was built in 2004-2005. But it has in fact been very little used by its sole owners – so little that the propane tank has never needed to be refilled. In effect, the lucky new owners will be the first occupants.

Barely a mile from the charming village center of Mount Vernon, the custom home overlooks the 360-acre pond through towering trees from on high, and has 72 feet of frontage, with a dock. A deep, L-shaped deck provides the perfect vantage point for admiring the water views and the beauty of surrounding nature, and is the ideal spot to dine, relax, and entertain in fine weather. Easterly orientation ensures heart-warming sunrises.

Here is the charm and character of a traditional Maine lakefront cottage – note the exposed beams and extensive paneling, for example – with the advantage of fine finishes and contemporary comfort, and an open-concept, cathedral-ceiling main level. There’s a lovely, gather-the-family banquette with a seven-foot table. Appliances are stainless, save the black GE four-burner gas range. A nicely appointed full bath is handy, and there’s a good-sized bedroom to the rear.

Upstairs is a huge, carpeted, third-bedroom loft that children will love. Downstairs is principally devoted to the east-facing, walkout master suite, which has a full bath with tub, and a very generous closet. The utility room houses washer and dryer and has plenty of workshop space.

The property is being sold furnished. In addition to furniture, that includes everything from a canoe to his-and-hers mountain bikes to the cool antique game boards mounted on the walls of the banquette. A Global Home Warranty is also included.

The 1.64-acre lot has plenty of room to add a garage.

The 1,728-square-foot cottage at 23 Herrin Woods Road, Vienna, is listed at $229,900 by Alexis Scott of Better Homes & Gardens – The Masiello Group (Augusta office). Please contact Alexis at 623-4182, 458-2184, or at [email protected].

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