PEAKS ISLAND, PORTLAND – It has been suggested that this is the finest location on Peaks Island. And if you are relaxing on the lawn or the porch, gazing across Whitehead Passage to Cushing Island, and idly considering going for a swim off the stone/sand beach a few steps away, where you also have a mooring/anchoring, you will find little reason to argue.

Undoubtedly, too, this is one of the island’s most intriguing homes.The Villa Spindrift was built in 1910, as the plaque on its facade proclaims. Italian craftsmen fashioned its concrete blocks on the spot. Today, despite “deferred maintenance” issues that are primarily cosmetic, the home retains considerable period charm and architectural distinction.

The house measures 1,924 square feet, plus a walkup attic with a front, water-facing dormer lookout that could be modified, and a full, walkout, mostly daylight basement, with laundry. There are four bedrooms, and two bathrooms, one up, one down.

Original character is seen in the dining room’s stained-glass window, the butler’s pantry connecting kitchen and dining room, the living room’s floor-to-ceiling, brick, wood-burning fireplace, and pocket doors. Flooring is oak, or fir. Extensive paneling lends great cottage character, as in the side-to-side kitchen with dining area, at the back of the house.

The neighborhood, on the southwest tip of the island, is agreeably quiet. The 0.26-acre lot is well screened from the low-traffic road and adjacent to a little, wooded peninsula whose isthmus has a sandy beach. There are views east to the open ocean, and southwest to Willard Beach and the South Portland shoreline.

The property includes two outbuildings – a vintage potting shed and a small barn/oversized shed that that invites finishing possibilities, e.g. as studio or guest cottage.

The Villa Spindrift, at 5 Long Point Road, Peaks Island, Portland, is listed for sale at $950,000  by Kirk Goodhue of Port Island Realty. Taxes are $8,832. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Kirk at 766-5966, 671-3199, or at [email protected]

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Staff photos by Melanie Sochan.

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