VIENNA – Late last spring, listing broker Les Priest was visiting this waterfront home in company with a Maine Guide. When the two men walked down the slope to the pond, they noticed a peeping that elicited a gentle “hoot” in response.

The guide confirmed Priest’s thought. They were listening to the conversation of a mother loon and her chick as they moved slowly through the water nearby.

The voices were the only sounds to be heard that day at Loon Cove on Whittier Pond. On a more recent, late-fall tour, the same peace and quiet enveloped the property, the surrounding woods, and the pond, on which this home has 793 feet of frontage.

There are barely a handful of houses on the pond, Priest noted – certainly there are no others within sight. The site is so tranquil as to seem a sanctuary. This property, on 7.74 primarily wooded acres, is ideal for anyone who values serene privacy, and also enjoys the pleasure the pond provides – fishing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking – and includes a dock. In winter, (yes, this is a year-round home) snowmobiling is just outside the door.

High-quality-built in 2008, the 1,800-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-full-bath home offers year-round comforts such as radiant heat; and all-seasons, classic Maine character in the form of log-siding exterior, and a beautifully, horizontally pine-paneled interior whose cathedral-ceiling, skylit, exposed-beams living room is especially stunning. The spacious, tiled kitchen’s black appliances include a four-burner gas cooktop. There’s a first-floor office, too.

One could drive many miles on Maine back roads to find such a haven, but this location is only a half-hour from central Augusta, and just a couple of miles from conveniences in Mount Vernon’s charming village.

The home at 5 Loon Cove Road, Vienna, is listed for sale at $239,000. Annual taxes are $5,179 (2017). For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Les, of Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group (Augusta office) at 215-7349 or at [email protected].

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