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Spectacular beach-side boarding house

Bedrooms 7
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Ideal for Family & Friends! 7BR, 3+BA (Sleeps 16) Private parking & yard

The Homestead, a circa 1900 boarding house, once was a cornerstone of the summer holiday heydays of York Beach. Newly renovated in 2011, our home today offers 7 charming bedrooms (many with ocean views) on the 2nd and 3rd floors, including 1 king, 4 queen, and 2 rooms each with 1 double and 1 twin bed.

On the first floor is our media/entertainment room which is anchored by a 64' Plasma HDTV equipped with 3D Blu-ray and 7.1 surround sound. The fully-equipped gourmet kitchen is complete with double ovens, 2 refrigerators and practically everything you need to cook and entertain for a house full. Stretching from the gourmet kitchen is the open concept great room which extends through the dining and dry bar area to a cozy corner and puzzle table in the bay window that overlooks the private fenced-in yard. Out back is a private deck with ocean views and a gas grill.

The house sports 3-zone central A/C and heat, continuous on-demand hot water for the 3 baths plus outdoor hot/cold shower, large capacity washer & dryer, plus wireless internet throughout the property.

Perfect for multi-family vacations and special occasions!

Lovingly Restored: The entire house has been renovated to modern standards while retaining the turn-of-the-century charm of this old boarding house. The original horsehair plaster walls have been sealed and the southern yellow hardwood floors refinished to restore a modern glow to this aging beauty. All-new electrical, baths and central A/C modernize the property without sacrificing the charm.

The media room provides the latest in digital entertainment, while the remodeled kitchen provides all the modern cooking conveniences unimaginable back in the 1900's. Designed for entertaining and family get-togethers, the spacious great room offers a cozy corner for conversations, ample tables and chairs for even the largest dinners, and a puzzle/game table overlooking the fenced in yard.

Equipped for Entertaining: Featuring Electrolux double ovens and 5-burner high-power gas cooktop, the spacious kitchen is designed as both an efficient workspace and as the inevitable gathering place. Double refrigerators provide ample space for food and beverages, and each include ice-makers so you never run out.

Of course there is a microwave, dishwasher, trash compactor, Keurig coffee maker and even a hot water dispenser. Anodized pots and pans, lobster pot, Henckel knives, Kitchenaid mixer, toaster and blender - pretty much everything you'll need for meals from simple to divine. The dry bar offers storage for your beverages of choice, an integrated wine refrigerator, a broad selection of glassware, plus table settings for 16+ guests.

Outdoor Fun: Truly one-of-a-kind, the property boasts 7 off-street private parking spaces plus a large fenced in grass yard - complete with chaise lounges for sunning and outdoor lighting for evening yard games. The deck off of the dining area provides outdoor views of the yard and the ocean, along with a gas grill and plenty of tables and chairs for outdoor entertaining.

Around back there is a private outdoor shower with hot and cold water, perfect for rinsing off when returning from the nearby beaches (both Short Sands and Long Sands beaches are but a brief stroll away).

More Details

Sandra Logan
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 13, 2018

About Sandra Logan

The owners are Sandy and Tom Logan and Paula and Barry Burke. Sandy and Paula are cousins who grew up in the Dracut/Lowell MA area, and this is the 3rd property that we have owned together.

Sandra Logan purchased this house in 2010

Why Sandra Logan chose York Beach

We selected The Homestead for its location, its charm, and the fact it could accommodate our expanding family. We put a lot of sweat equity into this property to renovate and modernize it while retaining a bit of it's 1900's charm. York Beach has long been a favorite vacation spot for us, and we love the off-seasons almost as much - we utilize the property year-round as much as we can.

What makes this house unique

The spaciousness of the ground floor lends itself well to large groups, affording multiple locations to 'get away' and pursue different interests. Whether people-watching sun bathers on the way to or from the beach on the front porch, watching sports or 3D movies on the Big Screen, cooking in the gourmet kitchen, making a puzzle in the bay window, chit-chatting with friends in the cozy corner, reading a good book on the deck or playing games in the fenced in back yard, there's almost always something else to do or somewhere private to escape to.

And if none of that appeals, there's always the BEACH. The village of York Beach is just a short walk away, close enough for the children (and grandchildren) to visit the Zoo, the Arcade or Short Sands beach without need for a car. Heck, you can even pop down to Inn on the Blues most weekend nights for live Blues music, and you don't need a DD to get back home!

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family of 16 had an awesome time staying here. The house had tons of room and every amenity imaginable. The location was ideal and allowed us to walk to whichever beach we felt like visiting that day! It was perfect in every way!
Jul 2012
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York Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Intercom System
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Outside - outdoor shower , Hot & Cold, Privacy
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master - 1 king , 2nd Floor, Walk-in Closet
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 3rd Floor, TempurPedic
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 3rd Floor
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , 3rd Floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , 4 twin/ single , 3rd Floor - 2 bunk beds
  • Bedrooms on 3rd floor each have their own sink, and all bedrooms have individually keyed privacy locks (until recently, the property was used as a B&B).
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Spacious media room seats 10+, great room cozy corner seats 6+, dining table seats 10+ (puzzle table doubles as additional dinner seating). Kitchen/Pantry has 2 full-sized refrigerators - we use one for food, the other for beverages (bring your own beverages). Double ovens, 5-burner cooktop, microwave, dishwasher, trash compactor, food disposal unit. Dry bar includes 45-bottle wine refrigerator (bring your own wine ;-). Private off-street parking for up to 7 cars (maximum - no exceptions).


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Spectacular beach-side boarding house
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Excellent rental property

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at the Homestead. Our large extended family comes to York Beach every two years. This is a great house - well appointed, in great condition, absolutely perfect. The owners are very nice and very responsive - we have never had any major issues but the few things that have required their assistance have been quickly and completely addressed. Each bedroom is clean and bright. Several living areas including a beautiful back porch and yard give your family room to spread out. The kitchen is exceptional - every possible appliance, a large quantity of glasses/dishes/silverware - everything you could possibly need. Best of all, the location between Short Sands and Long Sands is absolutely ideal. We couldn't love this place more!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home - lovely, updated, convenient

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family has rented a large place in York Beach for many years. The Homestead is the nicest place that we have ever stayed. The owners are very nice, super responsive, and very pleasant to deal with. We had lots of helpful info before arriving and when we arrived, it still exceeded our expectations. The home is very updated, super clean, loaded with extras (an amazingly stocked kitchen, lots of games and dvds, beautiful backyard/deck, beach chairs and a cart). The bedrooms are airy and lovely, The public areas are spacious and there are different sitting areas - so a large group can spread out. There are 3 bathrooms with showers - one with a tub on the main floor. Although the upper level bathrooms are small, they have everything that you would need and they are updated and very clean. (The third level bedrooms also have sinks in each one.) The kitchen has everything you could want - including a huge dinner table for a large group to sit together. We couldn't have been happier - wonderful place. New area favorites this time - the lobster rolls (and breakfast) at Stone's Throw on Long Sands and takeout lobsters from Fisherman's Dock on Route 1.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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We loved our stay at the Homestead!

  • 5 of 5

The Homestead exceeded our expectations! When we arrived, the home was absolutely immaculate. The house is beautiful and has everything a large party needs, including a double oven and two refrigerators. We had plenty of space to spread out, which is saying a lot when you have 17 people, 4 under the age of 4, all staying under one roof! The location can't be beat! Just a few minutes walk, and you're down town or at the beach. We also enjoyed a day at the zoo, also within walking distance. The homeowners are so friendly and accommodating. I would highly recommend this rental to anyone looking for a fun, relaxing beach vacation. We can't wait to return next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We put a lot of love (and hard work) into renovating The Homestead into a special place for families who want to vacation together, and the house does seem to work very well for this. We pretty much rent the place exactly the same way we use it ourselves for our own extended family. We really want to be sure everyone enjoys the place as much as we do!
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Portland International Jetport Airport (PWM)
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Inn on the Blues
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Wells (Amtrak)
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
275 Metres
Guac & Roll
Nearest Beach
240 Metres
Short Sands, York Beach
Car: recommended

Minutes walk to Short Sands beach, the charming village of York Beach, and the world-renowned Wild Kingdom Zoo and Amusement Park, our location is perfect for all ages.

On-property private parking for up to 7 cars, and all of Southern Maine becomes your playground, from the outlets in Kittery, to the restaurants and attractions in both Portsmouth NH and Portland ME.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

$7,000 per week
$1000.00 refundable Security Deposit

50% of Rental fee down at time of reservation, remainder + security deposit is due 30 days prior to occupancy. Credit cards accepted, Check or Check-free payment preferred.

Bedding Linens and Towels NOT supplied with rental

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund