SOUTH PORTLAND – Here is a thoroughly charming New Englander that was built in 1905, but is effectively new. As in, completely renovated in 2011. So, the home represents a best-of-both-worlds opportunity: all contemporary comforts, and a pleasing aesthetic blend of traditional features, and sleek modernity.

The property is also ideal for a young, busy family, in part because it’s close to no-maintenance. Siding and windows are new, as are electricity, plumbing, and roof. Heat is three-zone – one for each level of living.

Speaking of levels, the house’s top floor is a total kid-pleaser: A finished attic room, carpeted. (It’s also a great office/bonus/multipurpose room.) And there’s an attached, full bath, with soaking tub and cool vanity with undermount sink. Access is via a custom, very solid “belfry” ladder with handrail, and under-eaves storage off a little platform on the way up.

The kitchen, too, is custom, set off from the dining room by a wide butcher-block bar, and outfitted with granite counters, and stainless appliances including a cabinet-fronted dishwasher. Built-ins are plentiful, here and in the mudroom, off which the fenced back yard includes a raised patio and an above-ground pool.

Flooring, in kitchen, dining room, and large living room with ceiling fan, is oak. Upstairs, the spacious, his-and-hers-closets master bedroom is oriented southeast, and the second bedroom with built-in desk alcove is on the home’s south side, so both rooms enjoy wonderful light. Off the hall are a full bath with soaking tub, and stacked, full-size washer and dryer in an enclosure.

The full basement has extensive storage and workshop space.

The Thornton Heights location is on the Rigby Yard side of Main Street, and the home is the last on its street, bordering an expanse of undeveloped land frequented by wildlife, and looking across to the south end of the rail facility, which is screened by trees for much of the year.

Listing information explains that “the property is a deeded part of Sunset Gardens Condominiums as Unit #9 but pays no condo dues and the property is not covered by the condo insurance plan.”

The 1,450-square-foot home at 125 Sunset Ave., South Portland, is listed for sale at $219,900 by Richard Durgin Jr. of Century 21 First Choice Realty in Gorham, and is being shown by appointment.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Richard at741-2727 or at 756-2107.


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

Photos by Melanie Sochan, staff photographer.

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