MONMOUTH – Sitting on eight-plus acres of farmland that once belonged to James Solomon Sanborn, co-founder of Chase & Sanborn Coffee, and designed by renowned Boston architect Royal Barry Wills, here is a classic New England Cape with a mind-boggling array of features, inside and out.

First, the water frontage: Approximately 500 feet, with a private boat launch, sandy beach, and waterside gazebo, on Jug Stream, which flows into bass-rich Lake Cobbossee. (Note that an additional five acres are also available. That purchase would add 450 feet of frontage, and make division into two lots an option – not to mention creation of a wonderful compound for a family.)

The home was built in 1953, and has been both expanded (to its present 3,974 square feet) and regularly updated. For example, the kitchen has granite-tiled counters, Jenn-Air wall oven and cooktop, and a breakfast nook whose east-facing window bay welcomes sunrises.

What was once a garage is now a 576-square-foot, paneled, coffered-ceiling great room with a granite-topped wet bar; a brick, wood-burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling 10-foot-wide hearth; and atrium doors that open to the patio and provide a stunning view out over the lake, as does the adjacent covered, screened porch.

The front-to-back living room is beautifully paneled, and also has a fireplace. Across the foyer is the first-floor master suite – huge bedroom, two walk-in closets, and a well-appointed bath with walk-in shower. Through a dressing room, the suite connects to a cedar sauna, and then to a cool library (also with fireplace) that’s lined with built-in shelving.

The upstairs bedrooms’ (three, or four) highlights include an office and one big bedroom whose twin built-in bunks have skylights above. The detached garage is versatile (can be adapted for a horse, for example); can hold at least five vehicles, and has walkup storage. One other must-mention: the basement’s large, concrete-reinforced “safe room” beneath the brick-paved dining room.

The home at 190 Sanborn Road, Monmouth, is listed at $639,900 by Jean Kirkpatrick of Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson Realtors in Augusta. Annual taxes are $8,694 (2017-18). For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Jean at 441-5611, 622-7283, or at [email protected].

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