FREEPORT – Looking for a great starter home for a family, or an attractive downsize option?

Here on the west side of coastal Freeport – a town that is highly desirable for its fine schools, commuting convenience to major roadways, and natural attractions such as Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park – is an expanded three-bedroom ranch that proves that buyers don’t have to compromise.

Quality condition and aesthetic appeal (thanks to many updates)  and affordability (the house is listed at $230,000) are all here.

Built in 1968, the three-bedroom, two-full-baths classic ranch has been enlarged to its present 1,448 square feet, and includes a private, nicely appointed master suite off the new, 12 foot-by-20-foot living room, which has an elevated gas stove in a lovely tile surround. Bedrooms two and three (the former was probably the original living room) are at the far end of the house.

In between are a wide, tiled mud room that opens through French doors out to the deep, L-shaped deck, and a front-to-back kitchen and dining arrangement; and down the hall, an updated full bath, with cast-iron tub, to serve the bedrooms. The tiled kitchen features pretty, maple cabinetry and stainless-and-black appliances.

Furnace and roof are 2014-new. The basement houses laundry and workshop and offers plenty of storage. Good ceiling height is an advantage for a buyer who would like to create finished space.

The home has a fenced back yard and is set amid a number of towering maple trees and is set well back on its 0.58-acre lot, one side of which is bordered by a venerable stone wall and a tiny, scenic cemetery.

The home at 22 Wardtown Road, Freeport, is listed for sale by Bridget King and Jason Miller of King + Miller Real Estate Group at The Maine Real Estate Network (South Portland office). An Open House will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact the team at 956-6007 or at [email protected].

The Friday feature home is produced by the Marketing Department of the Portland Press Herald. Photos by Diane Maines. Please send feature home suggestions to [email protected].