BY SARAH STEBBINS
Sandalwood Road, Belfast
Tucked away in a quaint neighborhood on the outskirts of Belfast, you’ll find this picture-perfect shingled home. Cozy up next to the living room woodstove and spend these last warm days on the screened porch. The kitchen is airy and bright, but efficiently laid out. The upstairs bedrooms can also be used as offices or for homeschooling. The laundry room has also been used as an efficiency kitchen for Airbnb guests staying in the downstairs bedroom, which has its own entrance. The garage has ample room for any type of project and the upstairs can be turned into a studio or other space. The grounds, which feature a firepit and a nice incline for sledding, have been on the Belfast Garden Club tour.
Cow Island, Ellsworth
Own Cow Island in its entirety, with 8.33 acres of privacy and more than 3,000 feet of unspoiled shoreline in Green Lake. There are three unique cottages, including a remodeled boathouse on the water’s edge with one bedroom, a lakeside screened room, a small kitchen, and a bath, and a bunkhouse called the Honeymoon Cottage. The main lodge is a rustic masterpiece with a great room featuring a large fireplace crafted from stones found along the shoreline, plenty of room for family gatherings, a kitchen, and a bath. The property has two sand beaches, an amazing swimming rock, three docks, a tent platform, and a trail that goes around the island, allowing you to catch the sunrise on one side and sunset on the other.
Bennett Street, South Portland
This bungalow combines one-floor living with a modern, luxurious feel. There’s an open living-kitchen space with bright-white cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, and quartz countertops. Two large bedrooms, one with an ensuite bath, flank the living space. Another full bath completes the first floor. Slightly below grade is another bedroom (or office) with a laundry/half bath. The bungalow was completed in 2018 on a quiet corner lot in an idyllic neighborhood.
Maple Street, Northport
You can live year round in this renovated farmhouse cottage with five bedrooms and three full baths in Bayside Village. Hunker down by the living room stove and serve meals on the sun-filled porch or in the large eat-in kitchen. The second floor has three bedrooms, sleeping up to five people, and the daylit lower level has two bedrooms, accommodating four more people. There is a full bath on each level. The lower level, reached via an exterior entrance and interior stairs, has radiant floor heat and a small food prep area. The public dock and beach are a short walk away.
Check out this beautifully repurposed old Methodist church! It is now a light and airy home with an amazing great room, a kitchen surrounded by glass, and a solarium that is a plant lover’s dream! The original tin ceiling in the living room is in pristine condition. The loft perched over the living room is cozy and a perfect casual space. And there is a nice walk-in pantry off the kitchen. Three bedrooms upstairs and a first-floor bedroom option ensure the house adapts to a variety of needs. There are lovely grounds with gardens and stately trees. An oversized garage that can house four or five vehicles rounds out this exceptional offering!
This beautifully renovated Willard Beach Cape has been modernized and expanded. The flexible floor plan provides a light, airy feel with many opportunities for an enjoyable living space. The first floor boasts a large chef’s kitchen with a walk-in pantry, owners’ bedroom suite, and an open dining/living room space. The outdoor area features a large, level backyard and patio — perfect for entertaining! Smell the salt air and walk to the beach, Willard Square, and the many surrounding shops and restaurants.
In the heart of Cumberland is an extended Cape-style home and accessory studio apartment with an excellent rental history. There are many tasteful updates and energy-saving improvements throughout, as well as thoughtfully preserved period details, including original wood beams and wide-pine flooring. Enter the home by way of the handsome, recently constructed stone patio. Enjoy cooking and entertaining in the stylish kitchen with granite and wood countertops, a gas range, and a breakfast bar. Pick fresh herbs, vegetables, fruit, and flowers from the custom-built kitchen garden. Relax in the elegant living room with original period details and a natural gas fireplace with a dignified mantle. Gather for joyous meals in the warm and welcoming dining room. Find privacy and respite in the serene second-floor owners’ suite. Two additional upstairs bedrooms have the charm of an antique Cape with bright wood flooring. The first-floor family room has tall windows, complimenting the patio space nicely. A large first-floor laundry room incorporates extra space for an office or study area. Stay cozy with energy-efficient natural gas heating and an on-demand hot water system, plus insulated basement walls and blown-in cellulose in the attic. A two-car garage and large shed allow for storage and workshop space. The tidy studio apartment has been updated with bamboo flooring and new cabinetry and appliances. The beautifully landscaped grounds include sumptuous gardens and fruit trees. Combine rural living with the convenience of a three-minute commute to Cumberland Center and schools.
Here is a charming farmhouse in desirable Brunswick! The beautiful home boasts original wood floors throughout and a classic post-and-beam interior with both functional and formal spaces. The huge deck and level backyard are great for summer barbecues and the media room above the garage is wired and ready for projectors and large screens for cozy winter nights. An attached two-car garage enters into the mudroom and laundry area. The lot is private, yet close to the turnpike and minutes from the historic downtown. There is a new roof and water heater.
A house with timeless elegance, this 1907 cottage still has all the stunning features you could hope for: stained-glass windows, gleaming hardwood floors, a grand foyer, a fireplace in the living room, a kitchen with a butler’s pantry, and a balcony off an upstairs bedroom that overlooks a beautiful garden. Need a first-floor bedroom? This home doesn’t have one, but an elevator can take you to the three bedrooms and bath on the second floor. A carriage house across the street has lots of room for storage. The basement is somewhat finished with painted floors, a laundry room, and a small bar for entertaining.
Are you looking to get away from the craziness in the world? Are you longing for your own beautiful, private, self-sufficient refuge? Look no more! This unique, sustainable, energy-efficient, open-concept home was built in 2015 with custom wood and tilework, no-VOC building materials, a 30-by-100-foot commercial greenhouse, a 20-by-40-foot barn, a 10-by-20-foot mini-barn, more than 50 organic raised garden beds, fruit trees, chicken coops, an underground cold storage room, and more. The property encompasses 20 private acres at the end of a private, dead-end road. Come see for yourself and live your dream in beautiful coastal Maine.
This idyllic Somesville cottage is located in a private, pastoral setting with mature landscaping and filtered views of Somes Harbor and the Acadia mountains. The light-filled home has been lovingly renovated over the years with a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite countertops and a beautiful spa-like bathroom with a Carrara-marble-topped vanity and large soaking tub. The sunny living room has access to a large deck that extends your living space in the warmer months and overlooks the beautiful grounds. The property also includes a large two-bay garage with a recently renovated, spacious studio with a cathedral ceiling and water views — ideal as a guest or workout room or office. Plans are available to expand the main house to include a master suite and great room. As the property owner, you are eligible to become a member of Somesville Landing Corp, which offers access to Somes Sound.
This high-quality, passive-solar house by GO Logic is set in an open field, two and a half miles from downtown. A first-floor master bedroom with a bath and a wrap-around screened porch were recently added. The total heating cost per year is about $150. There are two more bedrooms and a full bath upstairs, as well as a family room – a grand spot for reading, working, or playing. Enjoy raised garden beds and many fruit trees and bushes with generous sun exposure. See it on the map. Listing agent: Marianne Williams, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group
This stately four-bedroom, two-bath Dutch Colonial is located just up the street from the YMCA, schools, the grocery store, and downtown Boothbay Harbor. Amenities include an attached garage, a private backyard, and town water and sewer. Conveniently located for residential use, this property is also well suited to businesses thanks to Boothbay Harbor’s flexible general business zoning and high visibility on Townsend Avenue. See it on the map. Listing agent: Jonathan Tindal, Tindal & Callahan Real Estate
The 1839 James Walker House has been hailed as one of the finest Greek Revival houses in Oxford County. This authentically restored antique gem is located in Lovell Village in the hills of Western Maine, minutes from pristine Kezar Lake, a golf course, hiking trails, and ski areas. It is 10 minutes to Fryeburg and 20 minutes to North Conway, New Hampshire. There is an updated kitchen with new appliances and a full pantry, two full baths, two lavatories, a barn, new wiring and an updated heating system. You’ll find beautiful period architectural details inside and out. See it on the map. Listing agent: Jason Saphire, The Entry Only Listing Service
Sitting on a dock of the bay…Here is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a grandfathered cottage with the ocean for a front yard. The tiny home has all one needs to be comfortable and offers prime views of the harbor, islands, boating activity, and scenic hillside village of Stonington. This very popular rental cottage attracts many vacationers and features an open room with a kitchen and living and sleeping space, as well as a full bath. The cottage is located on a dock system directly on Stonington Harbor. A truly unique property! See it on the map. Listing agent: Morgan Eaton, The Island Agency
River views abound in the North End neighborhood where this home with a private, creatively landscaped yard is situated a short walk from town and all that Bath has to offer. Stylishly decorated and updated by a professional designer, the home’s flexible floor plan offers three bedrooms with ensuite, spa-like baths. New windows make the home efficient, light, and airy. Move in and start enjoying the holidays! See it on the map. Listing agent: Kim Latour, William Raveis Real Estate
East Bay, located south of Dark Harbor Village, is a beautifully designed and skillfully crafted home built in the tradition of the grand estates of coastal Maine. Privately located on 4.2 acres with 390 feet of rocky beach shorefront on East Penobscot Bay, the home’s broad views encompass all the islands of the eastern bay, North Haven, and the open ocean in the distance to the south. The original post-and-beam building was constructed in 2000 as a large barn/garage with an apartment. It was then moved to face the sea and renovated. In 2012/13, the entire structure, now approximately 10,000 square feet, was redesigned by Royal Barry Wills and renovated, incorporating the existing garage and adding a wing to the south. See it on the map. Listing agent: LandVest
This is an incredible opportunity to own the iconic keeper’s house on spectacular Robinson Point. Boasting incredible views of Penobscot Bay, the Isle au Haut Thoroughfare, and surrounding islands, this unique property includes the 4-bedroom keeper’s house, a 2-bedroom guest house, two sleeping cabins, a boathouse, and a deepwater dock. The keeper’s house maintains its original charm and offers outstanding views of the ocean and the majestic lighthouse. Currently operated as the popular Keeper’s House Inn, the property is being offered turnkey with all of its furnishings to operate as an inn or use as a summer residence. The self-sufficient property is powered by photovoltaics and a generator with fresh water supplied from the ocean via a reverse osmosis system. Isle au Haut is a rugged but beautiful island with a year-round population and daily boat service from the mainland located some five miles away. Approximately half of the island is part of Acadia National Park, and has wonderful hiking trails and incredible vistas. See it on the map. Listing agent: Jamie O’Keefe, The Knowles Company