Exterior & Site

The lot is a third of an acre, set into a hillside above the natural harbor at the mouth of the Royal River. The water views are stunning and the River itself is readily accessible. One can easily carry a canoe or kayak down to the river and launch, and you can fish from the banks as well. Across the street, Grist Mill Park offers a pleasant spot to picnic and access the River.   

The lot is beautifully landscaped with a range of bulbs and perennials that provide season‑long color. Hyacinth, tulips, phlox, and peonies are planted between the large hydrangeas that bloom prolifically through the summer. Granite slabs steps lead up to the house, and a tall fence provides privacy. At the end of the garage there is a fenced area that is perfect for pets or chickens. A mature tree in the side yard shades the house and serves as buffer for the street.

Built in 1848, 35 East Main is a classic five‑bay, center hall, Greek Revival house with a side addition. The symmetrical facade, corner pilasters with recessed panels, and bold moldings at the eave and gable end typify Greek Revival architecture. Also key is the striking entry door, with its sidelights, pilasters, and architrave header. The main house retains nearly all of its original details, including original clapboards and many double‑hung wood windows. The present owner had the surviving original wood windows restored including re‑glazing, painting, and replacing the sash cords and reattaching the weights. Wood storm windows provide energy efficiency. The house is set into the hillside, which allows for an unusual feature: a raised first floor and a porch that runs the entire width of the main building. Supported on posts with recessed panels and covered in ancient wisteria vines, the porch is the gracious focal point of the front of the house. The porch serves as a grandstand for watching cyclists flying by during annual races and a perfect spot to watch summer fireworks.

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Benchmark Real Estate

72 Pine Street #16
Portland, Maine 04101