AUBURN – Even at this time of year, it’s apparent why this neighborhood is called Garden Circle. Partly because of the long, rambling circle of road along which perhaps a dozen and a half houses are dotted. But mostly because the enclave, although barely a convenient five minutes from U.S. Route 202 and Maine Turnpike Exit 75, is pleasantly woodsy and nicely private; quiet; much visited by wildlife, and a haven for songbirds.

Built in 1988, this oversized Cape enjoys its own garden of a .71-acre lot, as the accompanying in-season photos illustrate, and is well screened by woods out back, where there’s a two-level deck ideal for warm-weather entertaining and relaxing. Access to the deck is from one of the home’s finest spaces: a sunken, 370-square foot family room with lofty cathedral ceiling and a gas stove on a circular brick hearth. Two steps up, through French doors, is the cook’s kitchen, which has a delightful custom hutch, and whose black appliances include both Jenn-air range and wall oven.

The formal dining room, at the front of the house, has its own custom built-in for plates, and a bay window (casement) with plant shelf. Floors are hardwood.

Off the hall, there’s an office/sitting room that was originally the nursery, has recently served as a breakfast room, and could be the home’s fifth bedroom. Its closet has handy built-in shelving, and this cozy room with a backyard view even has its own nickname: “the snug.”

Farther down the hall is the guest suite, or first-level master suite: big bedroom with a pair of double closets, and a full bathroom (one of three) that includes laundry in an enclosure.

On the upper level, down a hallway with a wall of built-in shelving, the master suite occupies the north wing; both bedroom and bath are spacious, and have skylights. The back bedroom, which has double closets, is served by a full bath with oversized shower enclosure. Down the hall, the huge end bedroom (two double closets) serves beautifully as a bright office.

The full, two-level basement of more than 1,200 square feet has excellent ceiling height, all the storage/workshop space one could want, and a pair of 275-gallon oil tanks.

The home at 46 Garden Circle, Auburn is listed for sale by Linda Davis of the Auburn office of Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group, and is being shown by appointment.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Linda at 795-9644, 212-5373, or at [email protected]

Price: $283,000
Built: 1988
Rooms/bedrooms: 9/5
Baths: Three full
Square footage: 2,325
Lot size: 0.71 acre
Garage: Two-vehicle, direct entry
Taxes: $5,043

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Staff photos by Derek Davis. Send HOW suggestions to [email protected]