SACO – The beauty of this property begins (but only begins) with its stunning location: the historic, deepwater Middle Wharf area of the broad Saco River, very close to Camp Ellis and the open Atlantic. With its mooring, and 60-foot, commercial grade dock, the property is a haven for boaters;  and for naturalists (shorebirds and a variety of wildlife “share” the immaculate grounds, the 150-feet-plus of frontage, and the panoramic views; and also for fishermen, because these waters east of the narrows are highly favored by feeding stripers.

The pleasures of the site are only enhanced by the 3,706-square-foot home. Where an old cottage once (barely) stood, the custom Colonial was built in 2005, after many months of planning. It is one of those rare homes whose every detail was deeply considered, with an eye to complete comfort (three levels of radiant heat); ease of living (e.g., lighted closets, and roll-outs everywhere, from the mudroom to the master suite closet’s jewelry drawer); and an overall aura of relaxed, seaside elegance.

Most of the main level is open-concept: the sitting/entertainment area with built-ins and elevated gas fireplace, and the gorgeous cook’s kitchen, flow together. The dining room faces the water, too. Flooring is Brazilian cherry. Laundry is in a roomy half-bath off the spotless mudroom. There’s a first-floor suite that’s handicapped-accessible, a bonus for elders and other guests.

One highlight of the three-bedroom, two-bath upstairs is the sweetly paneled, enclosed “girls’ porch,” which has a balcony, and constitutes a sophisticated counterpart to the “boys’ porch” at ground level. Another highlight is the master bath, whose jetted tub and two-head glass shower enclosure are set off by lovely custom woodwork of Douglas fir.

The daylight, walkout basement includes a huge workshop/studio (with views). Craftsmen, artists and boaters will also appreciate the detached boathouse/garage, which is heated by a wood stove.

The home at 47 Ferry Lane, Saco, is listed for sale at $949,000 by Sandra Murray of Keller Williams Realty. Annual taxes are $11,182. To learn more or to arrange a viewing, please contact Sandra at 415-5175, 553-2475, or at [email protected].

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Photos by Lynn Dube, Wave5 Productions.

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