RAYMOND – In the 1980s, the vintage Crescent Lake Cottages were converted to “houseominiums” – freestanding homes that are part of a small, dozen-unit association. This year-round cottage, surrounded by a nice lawn at the end of a long, unpaved driveway, enjoys the association’s most private site, and shares its lake privileges. It’s a short stroll down a right-of-way to the cottages’ 76 feet of sandy beach, with a common dock, and a mooring also available, on Crescent Lake.

Behind a newer, wraparound deck that is 12 feet deep, this cottage has been both expanded and updated in recent years. The main-level ceiling has been raised to cathedral status, with cross-beams exposed. Pine panelling imparts great traditional character, and the flooring is Southern yellow pine. The kitchen, whose new appliances include a four-burner GE gas range, flows open-plan into a good-sized living room that has a handsome propane stove in one corner. (Heat is also supplied by a pair of direct vent Rinnai units.)

Down the hall, the master bedroom has two double closets. The full bath nearby features a new jetted tub. Laundry – stacked Maytag washer and dryer – is an an enclosure outside.

Down wide, carpeted stairs, the finished lower level brings the home’s total living space to 1,440 square feet. Big windows and southern exposure ensure lots of light in the two bedrooms. (The septic design here is two-bedroom.) A long, carpeted family/recreation room runs nearly the length of the downstairs.

Outside, the 10-foot-by-10-foot garden shed is a bonus. Weekly rentals are permitted by the association, but the option is rarely used, because owners simply prefer to be here in-season. And often, off-season as well. Here in the heart of the Lakes Region, there are recreational opportunities, year-round (e.g., Shawnee Peak is handy for this particular property).

The Crescent Lake Condominiums Association home, 11 Odilon Road No. 10, Raymond, is listed at $169,900 by Vin Connolly of Home Pro, Realtors in Portland. Annual taxes are $1,564.

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Vin at 761-0111, 671-6424 or at [email protected].

The Friday feature home is produced by the Marketing Department of the Portland Press Herald.

Photographs by Diane Maines.

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