VASSALBORO – Here is a classic New Englander, built in 1860, sitting in the heart of East Vassalboro village among homes of similar vintage, and enjoying a sweetly pastoral setting. The property’s 2.3 acres are like a park, with features including rolling lawns, old stone walls and other granite hardscaping, and towering, multiple-trunk birches.

Next door, up the slope past its historic cemetery, is the Friends Meeting House, built in 1831. This home’s long back lawn extends to the China Lake outlet stream, on which it has 215 feet of frontage. The view, from this home’s back deck, asks to be painted.

From the farmer’s porch here, you look out over the northwest tip of China Lake, on which the town has a boat launch. It is within easy walking distance. Also, the town is home to Natanis Golf Course, which has two separate 18-hole courses and is “the only golf course in the State of Maine to offer 36 regulation holes.”

Beyond its traditional charm and carefully preserved character, the home has been significantly updated. The living room, with floor-to-ceiling wood-burning brick fireplace, is very spacious, combining original rooms, plus the front hall.

The ell houses a kitchen whose ceiling, pine floor and stainless fridge and dishwasher are new. Behind the kitchen, the huge family room opens to the deck and has maple flooring, exposed beams, a hearth with a Vermont Castings gas log stove, and a walk-in closet. And a private entrance, and a full bath with shower; here is a first-floor master suite or guest suite, if you like. Upstairs are good-sized bedrooms, an office, and another full bath.

The two-story barn is in excellent condition and has two car bays and walkup storage. There’s a separate room for chickens or other small critters; the pasture was once home to several alpacas.

The 2,100-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home at 38 South Stanley Hill Road, Vassalboro, is listed for sale at $209,900 by Jean Kirkpatrick of Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson, Realtors, in Augusta, and is being shown by appointment. Annual taxes are $2,701 (2016-17).

For more information or to arrange a private showing, please contact Jean at 441-5611, 622-7283 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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