SHAPLEIGH – Looking for a waterfront vacation getaway, an investment property, a year-round home on a clean, secluded Maine lake? Here is an eminently affordable opportunity.

Offered at just $195,000, with annual taxes $1,587, this home on the south shore of 166-acre Silver Lake has 50 feet of sandy-bottom water frontage, with a dock, and a small crescent of beach. Built in 1958, the house has been substantially updated and improved, with new, energy-efficient windows; insulation, well pump, electricity, plumbing, septic, and more.

That is to say, the property is completely ready for a new owner to embark on a summer of project-free enjoyment. Please note, too, that it is being offered furnished.

At 720 square feet the home is certainly not large (but could be expanded) and is cottage-comfortable, and makes excellent use of the available space. There are three bedrooms, two of which are nicely beadboard-walled and vintage-pine-floored in classic Maine camp fashion; the other bedroom is painted out in light blue, for a “finer” finish. The three bedrooms are served by a full bath that has an oval sink and a soaking tub.

Bedrooms and bath are tucked towards the back of the house, which sits well off Whippoorwill Lane in the midst of its 0.11-acre, very level lot, which measures 125 feet from the road to the water’s edge.

There’s a patio for dining and entertaining; and facing the lake through large windows, extending side-to-side, a wonderful, enclosed porch, with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams; handsome, horizontal paneling; a perfect dining area on one side; and on the other, room to relax on the sofa, or even sleep on a summer’s night, and perhaps listen for the cry of a loon.

A step and a half up, the long living room is open to the porch and enjoys water views through a large window, and has charming barnboard paneling. The adjacent kitchen opens to the side door and porch, and has a view-enhancing pass-through to porch dining.

The home at 38 Whippoorwill Lane, Shapleigh, is listed for sale by Solveiga Purens and Rob Myers of Town Square Realty Group in Sanford, and is being shown by appointment.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Solveiga (432-1233,  [email protected]) or Rob (590-2857, [email protected]).


Produced by the Marketing Department of the Portland Press Herald, the Friday feature home is provided at no cost.

Staff photos by Derek Davis.

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