PINE POINT, SCARBOROUGH – Here, barely a two-minute walk across the street and down a path to Grand Beach – the finest section of the seven-mile, sandy oceanfront crescent of gorgeousness that arcs from Prouts Neck to Biddeford Pool – is a wonderfully versatile property with a significant history.

In 1920, there was a cottage on the 0.93-acre lot. In the middle of the last century, the Whitehouse Motor Court operated here. Thirty years ago, The Dunes at Grand Beach was established on the site, and quickly became a highly successful, full-occupancy attraction to which guests return year after year.

Today, as it is listed for sale, The Dunes complex consists of a main home; a second house; and 10 rental cottages that became condominiums in 2007. (The second house enjoys the same status.) All the dwellings are year-round.

The property presents a range of rental/multifamily/commercial opportunities for a new owner: Live in the main house, and continue to rent the cottages and the “back house” (whose rate peaks at $1,850 weekly in season). Rent the main house, too (in-season, $2,500). Offer the cottage condominiums and the second house for sale.

Here is a brief tour, beginning with the four-bedroom, two-bath main home’s living room and its stunningly tiled fireplace. The large office/family room’s built-ins include a window seat. The renovated, dine-in, open kitchen features stainless appliances, and opens out to the sunporch, and a deck overlooking a large, fenced-in, bountiful garden.

In the basement are laundry, a great workshop, and a full apartment. There are two decks, one east off the master bedroom, off the home’s second level.

Behind its white picket fence, the “back house,” bordering woods and marshy fields behind the property, has three bedrooms (one on the first level); full bath downstairs and half-bath up; full kitchen/laundry, combo living and dining room, and a screened porch.

The cottages – sized larger, smaller, and studio – are all different from one another. Some are free-standing; some have two bedrooms; some, a cathedral ceiling. All have decks and are perfectly maintained. Off-street parking is provided apart from the buildings, most of which are arranged around a charming green common.

The Dunes, at 95 East Grand Ave., Scarborough, is listed for sale at $1.65 million by Bridgette Vermette, Luxury Home Specialist, at Keller Williams Realty, and is being shown by appointment.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Bridgette at 553-2680; 318-3421; or at [email protected].


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Interior photos by Melanie Sochan, staff photographer.

Exterior photos courtesy of Michael Eric Berube.

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