SCARBOROUGH – Ray LaBonte is a veteran local builder, designer and fine craftsman renowned for his skill and the beauty of the homes he creates. This superb Nantucket cottage-style home is his most recent work – and very probably his last, since he is on the verge of retirement.

The property represents an even greater opportunity because LaBonte, at the peak of his experience, built it for his family to live in. That is, the utmost forethought and care went into every design and construction element, inside and out. Pale yellow shingles, striking black trim accents, and multiple gables distinguish the exterior; the two garage bays are side-facing, rather than at the front.

It’s apparent that this is an ideal family home as soon as you enter by the side door to find a row of built-ins, personal cabinet-and-drawers combinations too fine to be called “cubbies.” Down the hall, behind twin, rolling “barn” doors, is a large den with a floor-to-ceiling, stone gas fireplace and an entertainment center whose equipment will convey.

The dining room/living room is spacious enough to accommodate different table/furniture arrangements. The kitchen is subtly set off by architectural columns, and features top-end stainless appliances including a five-burner gas range, double wall oven, granite surfaces with a seating/storage island beneath acorn-shaped pendant lights, and subway tile backsplashes with a lovely Listello pattern insert. Behind the kitchen is a paved patio with a fire pit. The main level also has a powder room off the “mud” room, and an office with a built-in desk.

The four-bedroom upstairs highlight is surely the master suite, which has a walk-in closet, and an especially gorgeous bath with a private convenience, both a jetted tub and a tiled, oversized shower enclosure with seat. The bath functions very well – note the ready-to-hand storage on either side of each pedestal sink.

The 2,850-square-foot home at 19 Forecaster Way, Scarborough, is listed at $699,900 by Marie Flaherty of Tim Flaherty Real Estate in Westbrook. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Marie at 400-3115, 776-8656, or at [email protected].

 

Interior photos by Chad Latham. Exterior photos by Diane Maines. The Home of the Week is produced by the Marketing Department of the Maine Sunday Telegram. Please send feature home suggestions to [email protected].