FARMINGDALE – Here on 73.9 acres is a lovely Cape farmhouse that was built in 1886, but feels completely fresh and new. In 2005 the home was completely renovated, down to the studs and including all systems. It was also expanded that same year, with the addition of an ell, bringing it to 2,800 square feet.

The happy result is a bright, welcoming home that is both spacious and well designed, so that original, vintage details such as bullseye moldings and hardwood floors are carried over into the addition. The house is cottage-style attractive – note the scalloped shingles – and complemented by the saltbox-shaped, two-vehicle garage with overhang, and by two totally charming garden sheds, one of which makes a perfect playhouse.

The eight-room home includes, in the addition, a mud room with full-view doors to the covered porch; a family room with a gas stove; a daylight laundry room, and a full bath. And of course the gleaming, dine-in kitchen, which has pretty beadboard, lots of cabinetry, a two-level work island and a walk-in pantry.

The kitchen flows into an elegant dining room – maple-floored like the adjacent living room, which has a decorative copper-insert fireplace. Upstairs, the second and third bedrooms are good-sized; and the L-shaped master suite is huge, with a bedroom large enough for a sitting area, a roomy bath, and an office, too.

This is an ideal family home, and the extensive acreage (about a quarter of it is lawn, fields and meadow) invites agricultural uses. It was originally a potato farm. Note that there is approximately 2,200 feet of road frontage.

Farmingdale is a very desirable town for a number of reasons, including natural beauty and rural character; fine schools, in the Hall-Dale system; proximity to Gardiner center, the Augusta area, and Interstate 295; and low taxes (this property’s are just $3,411 for 2017-18).

The home at 831 Northern Ave., Farmingdale, is listed for sale at $429,000 by Bill Sprague of Sprague & Curtis Real Estate in Augusta. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Bill at 623-1123, 458-0555 or at [email protected].

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

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