Splurge vs. Steal: Kennebunkport, Maine

Our Splurge: 9 Merrymeeting Lane, Kennebunkport, Maine, is currently listed by Vicki Benenti of Pack Maynard & Associates Real Estate for $1.495 million.

Whale-watching, world-class cuisine, and quaint New England charm? It’s no wonder Kennebunkport draws all types to indulge in its idyllic, coastal way of life. Located in Southern Maine, Kennebunkport is revered for its strong sense of community, waterfront recreation, and picturesque beauty, making it the perfect place to vacation or retire. Just ask the Bushes, whose very own Walker’s Point is quietly nestled on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean in Kennebunkport, Maine.

As the summer home of President George H.W. Bush and the late First Lady Barbara Bush, it has been visited by presidents, foreign heads of state, and celebrities alike, but you don’t need deep pockets to live the coveted Kennebunkport lifestyle. Case in point, our latest Splurge vs. Steal, where we highlight two exceptional Kennebunkport properties, each with sought-after locations and stunning architecture, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose, the sprawling Cape Cod splurge or the marsh-view Mansard steal? In Kennebunkport, there’s truly something for everyone.

Splurge: Cape Cod Beauty Minutes From Iconic Dock Square For $1.495M

There is a lot to love about this “Royal Barry Wills” Cape Cod. Perched on a three-plus-acre lot in Kennebunkport it affords manicured gardens, a pond, and a sparkling pool for cooling off during those balmy, summer afternoons.

For $1.495 million, the picture-perfect oasis offers the ultimate in privacy, yet is but a hop, skip, and a jump away from nearby Dock Square and the beach, putting you minutes from all the sun, fun, and entertainment of this storied coastal town.

Built in the 1950s, this classic Kennebunkport beauty has been renovated with incredible attention to detail, yet still retains its original character.

We love the custom built-ins throughout, as well as ample windows bringing the outdoors in.

The gourmet kitchen seems just right, with granite center island and crisp white cabinetry, plus an oversized picture window framing the secluded, forested lawn.

Gracious living and dining areas are warm and inviting allowing for plenty of room to entertain.

But it’s the mature trees and lush landscape that will beckon you outside to enjoy nature. Heavily treed “rooms” offer a stunning backdrop to family barbecues, events, and poolside celebrations.

We love the darling cobblestone patio tucked alongside windows marked by flowing tendrils of ivy.

With three generous bedrooms – including both a main floor and upper level master suite – three-full-and-one-half-bathrooms, and a spacious 4,224 square feet, you can create a comfortable home away from home to enjoy all Kennebunkport has to offer.

Vicki Benenti of Pack Maynard & Associates Real Estate has listed 9 Merrymeeting Lane, Kennebunkport, Maine, for $1.495 million.

Steal: Marsh-View Mansard In Heart Of Cape Porpoise Village For $534K

 

For less than half the price of our splurge you can own a historic Mansard-style home with excellent rental history to fill your bank account while you’re away.

Located in the heart of Cape Porpoise Village – a fishing village with a classic, old-fashioned feel – it affords many convenient perks. From the property description we learn you can, “Stroll to Bradbury’s Market for your morning coffee. Pop over next door to Nunan’s for your lobster, and walk to The Ramp for your evening cocktail.” Sounds like the perfect Kennebunkport day to us!

And look what you get to come home to … a mad-cap cottage filled with surprises.

The property has undergone a renovation, but thankfully it still retains its period charm. We love the checkered floor and exposed brick in this eat-in kitchen.

A wrap-around deck takes full advantage of the ever-changing marsh-views, while inside, we just can’t get enough of the cozy, eclectic interiors.

The best part? Besides that gorgeous shake siding, of course…

It comes fully furnished to sleep six, and has consistently rented for $2,000/week during peak season!

There’s also a three-season room that isn’t accounted for in the home’s 1,124 square feet.

A rare opportunity with historic appeal make this Mills Road gem a keeper.

Keri Walker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Kennebunkport has listed 17 Mills Road, Kennebunkport, Maine for $534,000.

Are you intrigued by this summertime destination? Have you ever vacationed in Kennebunkport? We would love to hear in the comments.