CHINA – Anyone seeking a home to accommodate a multigenerational family would do well to check out this great opportunity.

Here is a quality-built duplex: two two-bedroom, two-bathroom homes with identical (just reversed) floor plans, each measuring 1,552 square feet. There is, of course, some variation in details. For example, one house’s sun room has a tile floor, and its kitchen sink is cast-iron; the other house has tile backsplashes in its kitchen.

The primary home, on the right (the other’s original purpose was to accommodate elders) has a second, detached, 28-foot-by-46-foot garage with a half-bath, storage above, a wood stove for heat, and a 10-foot ceiling. It’s ideal for a contractor, wood worker, etc.

But both houses offer the same advantages, beginning with single-level living; two-zone, radiant heat; and a sweet setting, a 1.37-acre lot of level lawn and gardens, the latter including a 30-foot vegetable garden. In fact, the homes were built in 2004 on land where a dairy farm was established in 1792, and the core acreage has remained in the same family ever since. Each home has a direct-entry, two-vehicle garage, with stairs to an attic.

Each house has a spacious master suite, and a front-to-back open-concept kitchen-and-dining room. The west-facing homes enjoy lovely sunsets, above the cornfield (and around the majestic maple) directly across the street. Views out back are pastoral, too, and the houses have individual patios and share a 40-foot, enclosed, seasonal porch overlooking the very sunny expanse. Note that the porch can also be closed off on one side, which could be important for a new owner wishing to rent one house (it would be a significant income-producer).

The location is another plus: close to China Lake and the town’s Thurston Park, and a very quick commute to Winslow and Waterville. There are snowmobile trails through the woods that edge the meadow out behind the houses.


The homes at 184 and 186 Pleasant View Ridge Road, China, are listed for sale at $375,000 by Ann Castonguay of Sprague & Curtis Real Estate in Augusta. Annual taxes are $5,479. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Ann at 623-1123, 242-1464 or at [email protected].


Photos by Mitchell Morrisette, Locksley Consulting. The Central Maine Home of the Week is produced by the Marketing Department of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. Please send feature home suggestions to [email protected].


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