WINTHROP – While the snow softly falls on a bone-chilling January morning, it’s pleasant to imagine a visit to this stunning property on a sunny summer afternoon. Especially, one of the days on which a garden tour was held (the cultivated grounds of these 4.63 acres are superbly, professionally landscaped) while in the forecourt, beyond the circular drive and near the trickling waterfall between two little ponds, a chamber orchestra played for guests admiring the island beds, heirloom perennials and flowering shrubs.

The home, of course, is just as pleasing on a winter day. From the back of the house, and from the expansive deck, it’s the season for water views, from high over Maranacook Lake. At 4,091 square feet and 10 rooms, the home is spacious, and as comfortable (each of its four bedrooms has a bath en suite) as it is elegant. Palladian windows are one design motif – for example, the two that are in the grand foyer and the two-story great room, and front-to-back, flood the interior with light.

On the upper level, a wide, catwalk-style open balcony lets light flow unimpeded. Another adroit touch is seen in two floor-to-ceiling hallway niches, perfect for statuary or tall plants.

There are two fireplaces: one in the great room, and one in the master bedroom. Floors are a warming cherry (though not in the tiled kitchen or the heated, three-vehicle garage, whose Swisstrax tile was installed for storage of an antique car.) The lovely gourmet kitchen’s cabinetry is cherry, too, complementing granite surfaces; and the library (note its trio of Palladian windows) has a wall of cherry built-ins.

The home at 79 Maple Ridge Drive, Winthrop, is listed at $785,000 by Bill Sprague of Sprague & Curtis Real Estate in Augusta. Annual taxes are $11,439. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Bill at 623-1123 or at b[email protected]; and see the virtual tour at

Photos by Thomas-john Veilleux, Virtual tour 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. Send feature home suggestions to [email protected].

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