This cozy, newly renovated, bright and sunny cottage is tucked in a friendly seaside neighborhood in Falmouth Foreside (Downeast magazine's 'Most prestigious neighborhood in Maine'). It is perched on a dead end street that leads down a hill toward the ocean and ends on a small, semi private community beach 200 steps from the front door.
The main living area is a bright open airy format with lots of sun and windows, 5 skylights, gorgeous ash hardwood floors, gas wood stove, new kitchen and appliances, and a breakfast bar all surrounded by beautiful white wainscoting.
Relax and enjoy the cool ocean breezes and breathe the salty air by day and fall asleep listening to the soft sounds of bell buoys and far off fog horns by night.
The master bedroom (queen), bathroom, and guest bedroom (twin), are on the first floor while the 3rd bedroom (queen) is upstairs in a cozy finished attic area.
Location description: This property Is located on Underwood Road in Falmouth Foreside, former sight of the once famous Casino at Underwood Spring and the Underwood Spring Bottling Company. During it's heyday around the turn of the century, this grand hotel, complete with it's sandy bathing beach, beach gazebo, electric fountains and pure spring water, was accessed by electric trolley from nearby Portland making it a summer destination for thousands from around the globe. It's spring, located on the property, was once considered 'one of the most marvelous in the world' and in 1911 was awarded both The Grand Prize and Gold Medal at the Paris Exposition - the highest award ever given a mineral or drinking water and also received The Medal of Excellence from the American Institute of New York.
Things to do: The casino and it's beautiful fountains are since long gone, but the bathing beach still remains along with the once famous spring endlessly spilling its cool water onto the beach. Most use it now for washing the sand off feet or rinsing off fishing reels before heading back to the house to grill up our days catch (or buy some fresh Maine lobsters at the Town Landing Market right down the street! They'll even ship 'em to your friends back home!)
Simply relax with a book in a beach chair on the beach, take a swim, or try your luck fishing for stripers right from the beach! Paddle the canoe on a calm day, or bring your kayak and explore the shoreline and nearby islands. Want a break from the water? Go hit a golf ball at one of several local golf courses! There's even a nine holer on nearby Great Chebeague Island with a par 3 over a tidal cove! (You can get your lost ball at low tide!)
More things to do: A ten minute drive north brings you to the town of Freeport, home of L.L. Bean's flagship store and all the famous outlet stores surrounding it. Ten minutes south will bring you into Portland, Maine's largest city, known for it's famous Old Port District for more shopping, museums, and some of this country's finest restaurants. Explore the islands of Casco Bay on a Casco Bay Lines ferry, or go whale watching or sailing on a schooner from Portlands waterfront. Change it up! A 30 minute drive to the west will bring you to the shores of Sebago Lake and the sandy beaches of Sebago Lake State Park. One hour further in the same direction you will be in North Conway and the White Mountains of New Hampshire...an easy day trip!
Southern Maine did indeed experience an unusually intense heat wave for the first couple of weeks in August 2009. Homes in Maine typically do not have or require air conditioning, particularly those close to the ocean. Normally Mother Nature takes care of things during the summer with cool sea breeze's coming in off the water. It is not unusual to see a 10-20 degree differential in temperature between the shoreline and a couple of miles inland.
Our guests during that time were visiting from Florida and were understandably accustomed to indoor climate control. An air conditioner was delivered by the owner within the hour of the first phone call, and although it doesn't see much use, it remains there during the summers just in case! Lesson learned!
There was also some nearby new home construction under way during that summer which was noisy at times, particularly with the windows open, but the construction projects have long since been completed.
After growing up in the lakes region of western Maine, I moved to the Falmouth area in 1985 and rented this cottage year round. As an avid sailor, skier and fisherman, and working in the recreational marine industry, I jumped at the chance to purchase the property in 1988 and made it my home.
A major, remodeling project was completed in 2006, both interior and exterior, where all inspiration was taken from a beautiful old cottage I discovered in Ocean Point near Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Karen Butland and I became engaged in 2008 and since selling was out of the question, we decided to offer the home on HomeAway.com for some extra income. We currently live full time in nearby Cumberland, and stay at the 'beach house' as much as possible.
The location is ideal with the beach a few steps down the street which offers great fishing, swimming, and access to deep water anchorage, all while being within 10 minutes of downtown Portland. It makes a unique retreat and we hope that our guests love it as much as we do.
Karen does a beautiful job keeping the house clean and neat as a pin and is constantly upgrading and maintaining linens, towels, kitchen amenities, etc. We both try our best to ensure that each guest enjoys the house as much as we do!