The Nathan Clifford Residences are within a historic elementary school that has been thoughtfully preserved and repurposed as a home for 22 households. The building is full of gleaming hallways and wide stairwells, along with an elevator to every floor.

At the entrance to many of these condos, an original, glass-paned classroom door and coat rack makes a mudroom or foyer. Along the walls from the kitchen to the lofted living room are the chalkboards and built in bookcases that children used for generations. Refinished hardwood floors gleam and glorious, oversized windows let the soaring wall spaces glow.

More nostalgic details can be found throughout the building. A 40s-era chalk mural has been preserved and in the former Principal’s Office is one of two guest suites to book for visitors. Outside, an old, round, communal sink with a foot pedal is now a fountain.

This neighborhood is great for getting around by foot or bike. Within minutes, residents can be shopping in the Old Port, dining at Woodfords Corner, exercising on the Back Bay, browsing the farmer’s market in Deering Oaks and starting a day trip on Interstate 295.

Unit 206 and many others are over 1,000 SF and come with the perks of condo living. There’s a bike room and each condo has a private locker big enough for a couple kayaks. Residents can access a fitness room, library and gathering space with kitchen, along with personal garden plots next to the shared patio.

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Images above are of Unit 101 (under contract) but representative of Unit 206 and others. All are listed between $250,400 and $580,400 by Ed Gardner of Gardner Real Estate Group in Portland. Please contact Ed at 207-427-3637; 207-415-4493 or at [email protected].