WEST GARDINER – There are immaculate homes, and then there are  … whatever-the-next-level is homes. Here is one of the latter.

To illustrate the point: No pictures have been hung here, in order to preserve the walls’ integrity.

You would not guess that the oversized Cape (2,348 square feet) was originally a ranch house built in 1961. About 25 years ago, a second level was added. The improvements and enhancements, beneath the 2016 roof and between these just-painted clapboards, have not stopped since.

Indications of the home’s “vintage” are seen only in the oak flooring, and in a couple of cool built-ins between the front-and-back bedrooms (one makes a perfect office, and they could be reconfigured to create a suite) at the end of first-floor hall. Elsewhere, newness shines.

What was once a breezeway is now a bright, tiled “mud” room, with plenty of space to put the washer and dryer if you would like them transferred from the full basement. The granite-surfaces kitchen flows into the dining area, which opens to a sunny living room. Facing directly south, the house enjoys wonderful light, and benefits from screening by trees, shrubs and other plantings on a lagoon-shaped berm.

Upstairs, each large, freshly carpeted bedroom, east and west, runs back-to-front. The master’s daylight walk-in closet could be a perfect nursery, and connects to a bonus/media room that also has walkup access from the oversized, two-vehicle garage below.

The 2.8-acre lot could be divided for a second home, but it’s nicely landscaped, and quite perfect as-is. The back yard, with deck, is fenced, and behind it the property has 270 feet of frontage on Cold Stream. You can fish, and kayak to Cobbosseecontee Stream and Pleasant and Horseshoe ponds. Note that the home is less than one mile to I-295.

The four-bedroom, two-full-baths home at 489 Lewiston Road, West Gardiner, is listed for sale at $284,000 by Sherri Dunbar of Tim Dunham Real Estate (Wiscasset office). For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Sherri at 380-7931 or at [email protected].

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