WEST GARDINER – This Federal-style home turned 200 years old in 2015, and the towering trees on its 4.45-acre, park-like grounds, share that antique quality. The long drive is lined by stately oaks; there are maples, yews, and black walnuts. And apple trees, and a variety of fruit-bearing bushes.

While much of the property is wooded and well-screened, the open, garden-dotted areas around the house seem to divide naturally into “outdoor rooms.” On the right, south side, opposite the long front lawn, is a fertile lawn that was once a garden, and more recently hosted an accessory-dwelling mobile home for a relative. (Building on this spot is certainly an option; there’s a separate septic and well). Behind that space, a gentle slope descends to a little reed-ringed pond, which a pair of otters calls home.

The home proper has great cottage character, with its granite steps, exposed ceiling beams and pumpkin pine floors. It’s also spacious, at 2,346 square feet, and south-facing-sunny. The original structure has been expanded to add a delightful, back-to-front, enclosed porch to the west, and a two-part family room/den with wood stove on the other side, which also includes a deck, and a semi-finished work room/studio.

The living room fireplace, which has a very pretty surround, is now solely decorative. There’s another wood stove, on a massive brick hearth, off the dining room, which flows into a large, dine-in kitchen with a wall oven and a Jenn-Air cooktop.

A full bath/laundry completes the first floor. Upstairs, the three bedrooms include a master suite, and closet space is generous – in fact, there’s a walk-in attic, and a walkup attic, too.

The 2,346-square-foot home at 284 Neck Road, West Gardiner, is listed for sale at $275,000 by Alexis Scott of Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group (Augusta office). Taxes were $2,020 in 2015.


For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Alexis at 629-3532, 458-2184 or at [email protected].


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