The Deering Highlands is a fabulous neighborhood, full of stately homes, tall trees, and bordered by Brighton, Stevens, and Forest Avenues, for quick access to local restaurants, drug stores, small grocers, and any other part of Portland.

Ashmont Street is even quieter than most. Across the street from this circa 1915 home are the neighbors’ backyards. The front door has an original, iron doorbell and a mail slot that reads “LETTERS.” Up the driveway, the back door leads to the kitchen, where exposed brick pairs with stainless appliances and a convenient cookbook shelf. The formal dining room has a built-in cabinet, and there’s a fireplace in the rear living room. Find hardwood floors throughout the first and second floor.

Get to the second-floor bedrooms and full bath on the single-turn staircase with stained glass at the landing. A primary living space includes a passthrough room to suit your needs. The third floor is partially completed, with plenty of room for storage or a guest room. All the way back down for more storage is a full basement.

Outside, the back porch has room for a grill and table, and in the shady yard, there’s a patio, and stone wall terraces with perennial plantings including plenty of ferns and a flowering tree. It would be a beautiful spot to spend the summer and beyond.

135 Ashmont Street is listed by Tom and Julia Ranello who say, “We love where we live!” Call them at 207-838-1651 or email

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