Anyone who builds a custom home of almost 5,000 square feet should have some fun with it.  That’s exactly what the owner of this splendid waterfront house on Shaker Pond in Alfred did with about 600 square feet of the lower level.

The “Game Room,” as is proclaimed by a neon sign above one of the two jukeboxes, is a sparkling 1950s diner/soda shop come to glorious retro life.

The walls are decorated with wonderful music memorabilia – portraits, posters, gold records, signed photos by performers including Chubby Checker and James Brown. (The seller was involved in helping hits by artists including Aretha Franklin (“Ain’t No Way”); Golden Earring (“Radar Love”) and Pilot (“Magic”) achieve million-selling status.)

The two genuine vintage Coke machines have been refurbished, and they look just as mint as do the curved bar in one corner,  the bright-red seating, and a black-and-white tile floor that practically invites dancing.

“Extras” include a pair of floor-to-ceiling glass display cases (one now holds a collection of model cars; the other, an army of Christmas figurines from downtown Portland stores of yore such as Woolworth and W.T. Grant); and a salon, where you can have your ducktail or bouffant touched up.

The home, the main house of a 22-acre estate with 1,600 feet of shoreline, is listed by John Hatcher of The Hatcher Group at Keller Williams Realty, and will be featured as the Home of the Week in the Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 22.

For more information, please contact John at 775-2121 or at [email protected].


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