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State/Province Maine
City Portland
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Listing id# 5685
  Our house was built in the 1870’s by a sea captain (Captain Nichols), and it remained in his family until we purchased it in 2006. We have done extensive renovations including total re-wiring, structural improvements, completely new bathrooms, new appliances, painting and redecorating from top to bottom. While modernizing, we have attempted to retain period details such as all of the wood floors. The light fixtures have been updated, but original period globes retained wherever possible.

The house can accommodate six people, but would be most comfortable for four. There are three bedrooms, two and one-half baths. One queen bedroom is on the ground floor with ensuite bathroom. Another queen bedroom is upstairs with attached half-bath and adjacent to full bath. The third bedroom has two twin beds. Adjacent to the upstairs bedroom there is also a day bed that would comfortably sleep a child. The day bed provides comfortable seating and there is an “AM Kitchen” with coffee-making facilities.

The downstairs is comprised of large living (lounge) room, reading room, dining room, bedroom with ensuite bath, and kitchen. The kitchen has all new appliances including stainless steel refrigerator, washer, dryer, flat-top stove, dishwasher, large farm-style sink with garbage disposal, combination micro-wave and convection oven. There is a Cuisinart electric coffee maker and bean grinder, hot-water jug, single-cup pod coffee-maker, toaster oven, food processor, and the usual pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. Both main bathrooms are totally new. The upstairs bath has a large walk-in, subway-tiled shower, vanity, and separate commode area.

There is 37” flat screen TV with cable, Bose CD player, DVD player. The public library directly across the street provides free internet access. If you have a laptop you can access their network from the house. 

We are located in the “Midcoast” area of Maine, approximately 5-miles from Belfast and 30 miles from Bangor. We are about 25-minutes north of the picturesque, harbor town of Camden (known as The Jewel of the Coast). Camden offers many unique shops and restaurants, cruises on windjammers, whale watching excursions, etc. About 1-hour north of us is the resort town of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Acadia has 125-miles of hiking trails as well as 45-miles of carriage roads for biking and horse-drawn carriages. There are numerous small towns to explore in the area, including Castine, Wiscassett, Rockland and Boothbay Harbor. From Bar Harbor you can take a jet-catamaran to Nova Scotia, arriving in less than three hours.

There is ferry service to several islands for day get-aways. From Lincolnville Beach you can go to Islesboro for biking, kayaking, or picnics. Over the years it has been home to several celebrities, including at this time John Travolta and Kirstie Allee.

The small town of Searsport has a famous legacy as the “Home to Famous Sea Captains”. In the 19th century 10 percent of all ships sailing under the American flag were captained by men from Searsport -about 300 commanders in all. Searsport is home to the Penobscot Marine Museum (Maine’s oldest maritime museum) comprised of 13 buildings (homes and barns) creating a “village-like” effect . The house is two blocks from Penobscot Bay, walking distance to a waterfront park, fishing pier, the museum, small grocery store, bank facilities, café, post office, and across the street from the town library and city offices. Sears Island, the largest uninhabited island (accessible by causeway) on the eastern seacoast is a few minutes away and is a good spot for hiking and bird-watching. Searsport is also known for its numerous flea-markets (brocante) and antique shops.

The super market in Belfast is extremely nice and has an amazing array of produce and international groceries - the store is exceptional for a small community due to the corporate presence of Bank of America offices. Belfast also has several very nice restaurants, including ones offering outdoor, waterside dining.

In nearby Bangor, there is a nice slot-machine casino.

We have done several successful exchanges. Have lots of pictues available. We are semi-retired, non-smokers, no children or pets. We keep our homes very clean and tidy, and will treat yours with care. We have traveled extensively and have lived many years in Europe and Asia.

You can see several photos at our web-site www.wix.com/rblake7870/maineseacapt ain

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