HARPSWELL – It’s pretty amazing that from downtown Brunswick, where every convenience is available and every lifestyle amenity is offered, you can drive about 10 minutes down Harpswell Neck and find yourself relaxing in this secluded waterfront enclave.
But that’s Maine at its finest, and this shingled cottage embodies classic, storybook coastal Maine.
Now a small, six-property association, the Thorburn Cottages date back to the 1920s, since which time nothing here appears to have changed. This April-through-October house sits on the high ground of 9.3 common acres of open field that slope down to 400 feet of waterfront on Harpswell Sound.
You can put in a canoe or a kayak, or as a fee-paying “dinghy member” you can tie up at the association dock and enjoy a mooring with protected anchorage. Boaters have open-ocean access via the broad Sound; they can also navigate north and thread through the sheltered waters to Cundy’s Harbor, or visit Gun Point Cove to observe its abundant seal life.
Boater or not, one must thrill to the sweeping views: south down the Sound to the ocean and Halfway Rock, eight nautical miles distant and so called because it’s halfway between Small Point in Phippsburg, and Cape Elizabeth; east, to connected Great, Orr’s and Bailey islands; and north up the Sound to High Head and Mill Cove.
And the cottage? Scrupulously maintained, thoroughly updated, totally charming. The covered porch is a great plus. There are four good-sized bedrooms upstairs. Floors are hardwood, here and on the open-concept main level, whose full bath includes a cast-iron clawfoot tub. The kitchen has newer, white appliances. The living room has not only a brick, wood-burning fireplace, but also a take-the-chill-off Rinnai heater, new in 2015.
The 1,091-square-foot property, 35 Thorburn Cottages Road, Harpswell, is listed at $399,500 by Rob Williams of Rob Williams Real Estate. Taxes (2016) are just $1,028. There is a biannual association fee of $600. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Rob at 833-5078 or at [email protected].
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