SACO – This splendid home in the center of town provides a number of desirable and even rare qualities.

Versatility, for one. The 3,586-square-foot, single-family home has periodically served as a duplex over its 120 years, and could again become an income-producing two-family. Or, of course, accommodate in-laws.

There are excellent in-home business possibilities (zoning is B1) for a lawyer, accountant, or any professional who would enjoy working in such distinguished surroundings. On-site parking is for multiple vehicles, and there are five garage bays. Above them, extensive space includes a 1,200-square-foot workshop. Daylight, heated and insulated, and lined with built-in benches, it’s an ideal facility for a contractor.

The workshop, created 10 years ago, and the cheerfully-painted, year-round sun porch are but two examples of how scrupulously its longtime owners have maintained and updated the home. Not often does one see antique woodwork so beautifully preserved. It’s an interesting sidelight that a Deering Lumber yard formerly occupied the site, and that today’s seller is professionally a fine carpenter.

Throughout the home, renovations have been carried out with great sensitivity for retaining original character, and to ensure modern comforts. Windows have been replaced, new bathrooms added, a multiple-zone heating system installed.

A double living room with gas fireplace, a front parlor with a desk nook and a decorative fireplace in an Italian tile surround, a walk-through butler’s pantry, and an elegant formal dining room (all have intricately patterned tin ceilings) ornament the main level. The eat-in kitchen’s updates include a stainless six-burner cook’s gas range. Another highlight: a delightful dinette bar whose seating is deep-red, 1950s Naughahyde vinyl chairs in pristine condition.

Upstairs five bedrooms are served by a full bath and two half-baths. The top story’s four bedrooms are unfinished. Back downstairs, at the rear of the home, there’s a wonderful man-room the size of a small restaurant, equipped with a bar, and a grill steps away in an open garden-shed.

The home at 79 Temple St., Saco, is listed at $450,000 by C.J. Dubois-Cote of Keller Williams Realty, and is being shown by appointment. Annual taxes are $6,696.

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please visit www.79TempleStreet.Info; and contact C.J. at 553-2694, 615-1663, or at [email protected].

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