LYMAN – Welcome to the Rhodes House, built in 1872 by Carl Rhodes, who at about the same time also established the Goodwins Mills General Store, which is just down the street and still in operation.

This expanded Greek Revival home sits in the heart of the village, and directly across the street from the Community Library. It retains essentially all original character, and most of the desirable vintage features, from a tin ceiling in the first-floor bedroom to the two-level, attached, metal-roofed barn that has been reinforced and works well as a garage (it is at present accommodating a Lincoln Continental that weighs almost two tons).

Or, it could also become a horse barn, and there’s plenty of space for animals: The property measures 3.71 acres and extends from a long back lawn and gardens into the woods. There’s a little pond, too, which drains down into a gully and a little brook.

At 2,900 square feet and 11 rooms, the home offers floor-plan flexibility, and one very important extra: Above the ell, there’s a spacious, one-bedroom, private-entrance apartment that includes living room, bedroom, dine-in kitchen, and an unheated bonus room. It’s perfect for an in-law, and as a rental, would bring $600-plus monthly.

The furnace is nine years old, radiator steam heat is very efficient, and electrical has been updated. So has been the dine-in kitchen, which has an island with four-burner gas coooktop and hood, and wide-pine flooring, like the rest of the house, including the sun room and the adjacent office (both these rooms are part of the expansion).

The living room features a wood-burning fireplace (new chimney lining needed); the family room enjoys a wonderful view of the back-yard gardens and hardscaping. There are full baths both upstairs and down.

The home at 469 Goodwins Mills Road, Lyman, is listed at $249,900 by Diane Gray of The Maine Real Estate Network in Waterboro. Annual taxes are $3,015. For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Diane at 632-1943, 247-3232, or at [email protected].


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