NORTH YARMOUTH – This superb property is many-faceted, and yet its potential is even greater.

North Branch Farm, here on 11.32 acres very close to the Pineland Farms complex, operates as an alpaca farm, but its several outbuildings and electric fencing are suited to hosting other animals, too – horses, for example, and boarding dogs. And the fertile soil is ideal for organic gardening on a large scale.

A cleared area, well screened from this house by a grove of mature trees, invites exploration of subdivision possibilities.

And this 3,295-square-foot house, built in 2000, was transformed into a zero-fossil-fuel home in 2013, with a solar hot water system; state-of-the-art solar electric tracking that produces more than 10,000 kWh of electricity annually; and a fully automated (and very quiet) Kedel wood pellet biomass boiler.

Thanks to energy-efficiency investments of more than$50,000 by the sellers (who are downsizing) new owners will reap substantial financial savings for many years. (And can also benefit from tax savings if they choose to keep a few alpacas for farming.)

The property is agreeably secluded, with the home sitting back on a private drive several hundred feet from U.S. Route 231. Lawns are lush, and the gardens are lovely.

Behind the wraparound farmer’s porch, the interior features a wide entry that flows into a living room with a beautiful stone, wood-burning fireplace and a vaulted ceiling. Floors are maple.

The kitchen has black appliances, cherry cabinetry (note the cool pulls) subway tile backsplashes, and honed granite counters, and connects to the “mud” room, a full bath,  and laundry with set tub. There’s an office/den, too.

In the opposite wing, the master suite provides single-level living, and includes a walk-in closet with built-ins, two-section full bath, and a big, carpeted bedroom with fine views.

Upstairs, two back-to-front bedrooms are served by another full bath, and flank an open, sitting-area landing with exposed chimney stone and oversized arched window. The partially daylight ground level has a family/exercise room, a bonus room, and extensive storage/workshop. Walkup above the garage could be finished as a great studio.

The home at 739 New Gloucester Road, North Yarmouth, is listed for sale at $549,900 by Don Russell and Tom Tinsman of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Cape Elizabeth.

Please note that an Open House will be held here from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 14.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Don (799-5000 ext. 113; 650-0356; [email protected]) or Tom (799-5000 ext. 107; 650-4459; [email protected]).

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