SCARBOROUGH – Ideal for both a young family, (especially first-time home-buyers) or for down-sizers, here is a classic single-level ranch that is eminently affordable, in one of southern Maine’s most desirable towns, known for the excellence of its schools, its natural beauty, and its abundance of recreational opportunities, including golf courses and fine beaches.

Not only is the three-bedroom home listed at $185,000 in an estate sale; the seller will also pay $5,000 in closing costs at that price.

Built in 1950, the house was expanded some years ago. A new living room and a back bedroom, both good-sized, were added on the north side, bringing the home’s total square footage to 1,224. At the same time, an enclosed, three-season, paneled-ceiling sunroom/porch was added out back, and today invites finishing (new windows, heat) for year-round use.

Across a wide hall with chair rails is the “original” part of the house. Some buyers may wish to update the interior immediately. Others, seeing the all-new interior paint and refinished oak floors, and other newer touches such as the bright, tiled bath with soaking tub, and the black Bosch dishwasher, will be content with the home’s move-in-ready condition.

The kitchen is open, across a bar, to the large living and dining room. The bath is off the side hall, at the end of which are two good-sized bedrooms, back and front.

The full basement houses laundry (Whirlpool washer, Amana dryer) and utilities plus workshop/storage areas on one side; and a pine-paneled recreation room, with built-ins including a bench seat, on the inside wall. The 6-foot ceiling will help kids feel the room is truly theirs.

Heat (oil, forced hot water) is economical; the furnace was “new” in 1999 and has many years left; a new roof was put on in 2005, and electricity was updated in 2012.

A big, two-section garden shed sits out in the woods-screened back yard of the 0.35-acre lot, which has plenty of parking space.

The home at 217 Broadturn Road, Scarborough, is listed by Peter Mason of PoGo Realty in Gorham, and is being shown by appointment.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Peter at 839-3300; 632-8822; 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 Melanie Sochan, staff photographer.

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