"Sea Rose Cottage", 29 Main St Rockport, ME 

 

This is a classic Maine seacoast house, in a classic Maine seacoast village, across the street  from a classic Maine seacoast fishing harbor.  Classic!

 

The house dates to the early 1800's with a handhewn timber frame, set into the hillside looking out over the harbor and town docks with views to Owl's Head lighthouse and beyond.   A large sunny deck takes full advantage of the setting and a private yard in back with mature maples offers ample opportunities for lovely rock gardens.  

 

The house was set up for the main living area to be on the upper two floors where it follows a classic Federal period floor plan with twin parlors and twin chimneys on either side of a central hallway and a long room across the back, now a family room with working fireplace and the kitchen/dining area.  There are three bedrooms on the upper floor with two full baths (one private to the master bedroom); the master bedroom also has a private balcony overlooking the harbor.  The lower level facing the street, originally - some two hundred years ago -  no coubt a shop or workshop of some sort, is set up for either commercial space - perhaps a gallery? antique shop? office? - or for a nice inlaw or master suite.  It could also be turned into a separate studio apartment for extra income

 

We have undertaken numerous improvements in our restoration of the house, including the new dormers to bring sunlight into the upstairs, new windows, rebuilt chimneys (with one working wood-burning fireplace, the other three fireplaces ready to be set up for gas or woodstoves) , new wiring and new electrical service panel, a new heating system with radiant heat, and new insulation, and numerous other improvements.

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The house is nestled in the harbor village a short walk from restaurants, galleries, parks, and the town library.  It is a five minute drive from downtown Camden, 10 minutes from Rockland.  It is currently set up as a vacation rental from which it enjoys great income ($25k+ annually).  

 

Offered at $469,000.00.

 

The house is named for the hedge of sea roses which runs along the sidewalk in front.

The house is situated on Main St just across from the town landing and marine park.

The views of the harbor and Penobscot Bay from the decks and most rooms of the house are wonderful.

Welcome home, a warm and gracious example of the old Maine seacoast house.

The family room has a warm fireplace for cool evenings, and a lovely window seat with views of the harbor.

Window seat with views of the harbor

The master bedroom has a private balcony looking over the harbor, and a small loft to cozy up in with a book.

This bedroom on the front of the house is bright and sunny with gorgeous views.

Another upstairs bedroom, also with harbor view.

The stairways are steep and not for the 'faint of heart'  but add to the old world charm of the house as do the wonderful old wood floors.

The kitchen, everything you need to prepare that lobster dinner - with some nice notes of 'country charm.'

The sunny 'study' could also make a nice formal dining room, just off the kitchen.

Maine, the way it should be - and still is, here in Rockport harbor.