PORTLAND – This classic cottage is halfway “home.” That is, partially built, and to the highest standards; and awaiting buyers who will be able to finish the house to suit their particular needs and preferences.

The property had been a post-and-beam, gambrel-style barn since the mid-1980s, until it was purchased last year by the seller, who spent months converting it. That process was halted when he suffered an injury that prevented him from completing the project, and so the property is now offered for sale, listed at $329,900.

In addition to floor-plan flexibility, the three-level property comes with business possibilities to be explored with the city (the daylight lower level was planned as a workshop for making fabric products); and with a second-level in-law/guest suite (or rental) already permitted as an auxiliary dwelling unit. This 534-square-foot apartment would extend across the front, from bedroom to bath and kitchen and main living area.

The 685-square-foot major portion of the main level is designed for living area, dining area, and kitchen with scullery, in an open-plan arrangement; plus mudroom, laundry and bathroom. One screened porch, and two covered porches, are planned.

On the cathedral-ceiling, 1,080-square-foot top level, bedrooms front and back would have en suite baths; a great room would occupy the middle side-to-side, but could be divided to create a third bedroom or a den/office.

A furnace to be added will supply radiant heat to all three floors, and also to the oversized, two-vehicle-with-space-for-workshop garage.

The .30-acre property is one of just 10 in the Morningstar Real Estate Association, a quiet North Deering enclave whose desirability is enhanced by the adjacent Grace Baptist Church, which has proved a good and welcoming neighbor. The association has lots available.

The home at 15 Morningstar Lane, Portland, is listed by Archie Giobbi of Greater Portland Realty. Please note that an Open House will be held here from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Friday Aug. 28.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Archie at 797-7777 ext. 19; 232-5343; or at [email protected].

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

Photos by Diane Maines.

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