CUMBERLAND CENTER – What better way for a family to celebrate the arrival of spring, than by moving into a home and a neighborhood ideally suited to family living?

Here are four upstairs bedrooms, all good-sized, at the corners, Colonial-fashion. Their floors are hardwood. Downstairs, on the bright main level, are both a family room and a living room, each extending front-to-back. The former, on the home’s two-vehicle-garage side, has a wood-burning, hearth-to-ceiling-brick fireplace with built-in, and has been expanded, with a bay window and a door out to the patio, in the bump out.

The living room is carpeted and, like the central dining room here, relatively formal. The dine-in kitchen, which is open to the family room, has white appliances and oak cabinetry. Down the hall is a very spacious half-bath to which a soaking tub or shower enclosure could be added.

The greater part of the basement is finished, bringing the home’s total square footage to 2,799. Laundry, utilities, storage and a workshop area share the unfinished portion. The main space is a cool recreation room that has a wall of shingled shelving, a study area with built-ins, and an end wall of exposed brick with a hookup for a wood stove. A smaller finished room is fine for exercise or office.

The home sits on a large, level 0.41-acre lot just one house from the end of the quiet street. Out back are an inground pool and surrounding brick patio that get plenty of sun, thanks to southern exposure. Behind this property, trees screen a single home; an orchard and woods, to either side, enhance the view.

Overall quality of life is superb here. Schools (walking-distance nearby, as is the library) are first-rate, as are recreational opportunities, beginning with golf, and the 250-acre, four-season Twin Brook facility, which has trails, playing fields and more.

The walkable, center-of-small-town neighborhood is not only kid-friendly but also family-friendly, in the best sense, with residents getting together like a casual club to enjoy holidays such as Easter, Halloween and the Fourth of July.

The home at 16 Lawn Ave., Cumberland, is listed for sale at $327,000 by Marie Flaherty of  The Flaherty Group in Westbrook. Annual taxes are $5,406.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Marie at 400-3115, 776-9160, or at [email protected].

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