DEERING HIGHLANDS, PORTLAND – This elegant, cottage-style home was built in 1900 for John M. Adams, the former publisher of the city’s Daily Eastern Argus newspaper. The wraparound front porch was renovated and enclosed some time after 1924, as can be seen by comparing that year’s tax records photograph to the present facade.  The redesign was by John Calvin Stevens, as plans in the possession of the owner show.

The porch’s full fenestration is a wonderful enhancement to a south-facing home that seems ideally sited, on its quarter-acre lot at this lofty point in one of the city’s finest neighborhoods, for maximum brightness. Enjoyment of the setting is heightened by a newer, lagoon-shape Gunite inground pool, and by the open, patio-paved porch overlooking the beautifully landscaped side yard.

The six-bedroom home of 4,686 square feet provides living space on all four levels, including a wonderful, paneled, c. 1950 recreation room, with bar and extensive built-ins and a brick, wood-burning fireplace, in the basement. The top floor is a charmer, too, and feels specially scaled to delight children. Here are two bedrooms (one with the “newer” oval window, probably coeval with the porch) and a full bath with cast-iron clawfoot tub.

On the floor below, the nicely private master suite occupies the front of the house. Its full bath is updated (as are all the home’s bathrooms, except that in the basement) and features a deep soaking tub in subway-tile surround. The spacious walk-in closet is daylight and packed with built-ins.

Along the hall, the three additional bedrooms (served by an additional, well appointed full bath) are large and have ample closets; one bedroom has a custom desk, flanked by low cabinets, for a child.

The main floor flows beautifully, and even provides a degree of floor-plan flexibility, in regards to a choice of dining areas, and living/family rooms. The formal dining room has gorgeous paneling; the living room, a fireplace with dentil-molding surround, an alcove window bay, and built-ins framing the double door. Hardwood floors are newly refinished.  The cook’s kitchen, also new, has a butler’s pantry, quartz counters, and top-end appliances including gas range.

The home at 25 Highland St., Portland, is listed for sale at $785,000 by Ali Malone of Portside Real Estate Group in Falmouth, and is being shown by appointment. For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Ali at 619-7571, 653-7750, or at [email protected].

Produced by the Marketing Department of the Maine Sunday Telegram, the Home of the Week is provided at no cost.

Photos by Melanie Sochan, staff photographer.

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