About the property
- House1700 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 3-6)
Willard Beach neighborhood has been called the “Martha’s Vineyard of New England,” because of its charm and laid-back ambience. Nestled comfortably within it, this traditional bungalow, originally built in 1910, has been lovingly restored and expanded by the owner/designer. The midsection of the original bungalow was removed and in its place was created a 24 X 36 open living space with a cathedral ceiling and skylights, referred to as "the Great Room":now,newly air conditioned for those rare steamy days..I used all eco friendly products throughout the restoration: natural solid wood floors, non-toxic finishes, etc. This year I have refished the floor in the "Great Room", and have installed a new stove and dishwasher.Each of the three bedrooms in the house is unique. There are 2 full bathrooms: one on each floor. A first floor bedroom abuts the front and side porch: a great spot to enjoy a morning breakfast of bagels, coffee, fresh bakery goods from "Scratch Bakery", right around the corner. You'll probably smell it before you see it! Oh...fine wines as well.
In the back of the house is a loft bedroom space with its own entrance. Climb up the ship’s ladder to the sleeping loft within. There is also a brass bed beneath for single folks or visitors.Both kids and adults love it! Finally, on the second floor is the light-filled and private master bedroom.Inside the master bathroom is a Jacuzzi where you can relgax after a
On any beautiful morning, you have the choice of either sitting in the spacious backyard or rolling a kayak down the sidewalk, past the seven houses that separate you from the beach and into the water you go! Take a morning paddle out to Peak’s Island, or if you are daring take a more extended trip along the wild Maine coast or any of to the Casco Bay islands. After a coffee at the Peak’s Island Café, you can paddle back home and spend the afternoon at any one of the wonderful nearby beaches. Or, for those with a sweet tooth, there’s an ice cream shop across the street from the bakery. In the evening, a five minute drive or the bus that stops at the corner will get you into Portland, where the options are endless; great food, galleries/art walks, theater, etc. During these hot summer nights, everyone seems to fill the vibrant streets of the city Rand McNally rated “One of the Top Ten Places to Live in the US.”
P.S. Rent from October1 thru May31, for those folks thinking of relocating to my fabulous state, or just can't keep away! Rate: $1750 per month plus utilities.
Keywords: comfortable, large, beach house
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- May 18, 2018
About Lee Smolovotich
I'm a designer, a builder, and an artist. I have restored this house with an artist's eye. In the back of the house sits an old shed where photographers from the beach would take pictures of people in parasols in front of the rose-covered shed. This shed has become my muse for over twenty years, as I have painted it in all formats, from oils to charcoals to watercolor. In fact, the yard was my original inspiration for purchasing the house, as it has a very special quality. I have been spending my winters abroad where I write and paint. One of my artist's journal is presently at the printers. I take great pride in making people comfortable and offer them an inspiring, creative, and relaxing space.The walls are filled with my art and art of others, including my Dad , many of which are for sale to take home with you if you feel the impulse.
Lee Smolovotich purchased this House in 1987
Why Lee Smolovotich chose Willard Beach
Living near the ocean in a great neighborhood has always been a dream of mine, and with the purchase of this house that dream became a reality. Folks have described my house as a sanctuary, being both peacful and artistically stimulating. Every year I enhance that quality: from the garden, to my "gallery wall". Most of all...you will not find a plastic chair in the house, or a metal framed print of Monet's "Water Lillies"......
What makes this House unique
It's a short walk to the beach, which I take multiple times during the day, from sunrise to sunset. One of my greatest pleasures is wheeling my kayak to the beach and going out for either a morning or afternoon paddle. Many kayak/canoe rental spots close by. I enjoy sitting on the front porch, watching the beach world go by. The lobsterman from next door has provided me with lobster in the past for myself and my friends. I have actually had sit-down dinners for over twenty-five people in my living space. My house is also a great place to show my art and the work of others. As of summer 2017, the "Great Room" (24x36 1st. floor kitchen,dinig, and sitting area) will be air conditioned, rarely needed but appreciated during hot spells. Working at creating a kitchen fit for a gourmet. Just installed a new 5 burner Samsung gas range/oven today….and a brand new dishwasher as well! The house is equipped with cooking appliances from a Kitchen Aid mixer to Stainless steel fish poacher, etc. Plenty of lobster pots for the courageous chefs amongst you…..Enjoy a lovely veining cooking in, and enjoy the tranquility of my beautiful backyard. Oh…don't forget to catch the bakery for a fresh fruit tart, chocolate cake before it closes at 6……and 7:a.m. for fresh bagels and coffee.
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Wonderful home and wonderful vacation!
We stayed at this home with our two children (4 years and 16 months) and had a fantastic vacation. The house had everything we needed and then some: a well equipped kitchen, a nice backyard for our girls to run around in, comfy beds, nice linens and towels, etc. It was spotlessly clean and the decor is beautiful and inviting. The house is so close to the beach and to the bakery which made our vacation extra fun for our girls and easy for us as parents. We had such a great vacation. We were sad to leave and hopeful that we'll be able to return to this great house for another great vacation.
Great location, great house!
Perfect location, 7 houses from a mellow beach and 1 house from great spots for food. Be sure to check out Scratch Bakery, Willard Scoops and Flip Creperie! The house is great and Lee was attentive and so easy to coordinate with.
Peaceful ,relaxing RnR
My husband and I really enjoyed our time at Lee's . He was very warm and welcoming ,open to suggestion. The house is as depicted. What does not show is the peace of the place! The combination of art, art books , quality poetry , privacy , a perfect location for all that the area offers. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on the deck with a glass of champagne - literally admiring and smelling the roses. The tub was great after our trip and the bed was clean and very comfortable.A/c was available but the open window to the sea breeze all we needed. A great place to unwind. Quiet enough for me to work on my own water colors and poetry. EZ ride to Portland ,other sites. We were pretty content to relax at the house, walk to Willard Beach , Scratch Bakery/Scoops , the point - and watch the doggie parade in the a.m. Lee has worked hard to provide a pleasant experience for his guests. The little extras of hanging flowers , a garden in the front , flowers on the table , beach chairs and towels most appreciated. 4 stars because we were unable to stay longer!
Great location - Unique home
Lee's house was in the perfect location for our South Portland stay. It was a five minute walk to Willard Beach or just ten minutes to drive into Downtown Portland. Scratch Bakery was a two minute walk from the house, where you can get coffee, sandwiches and salads, or any kind of baked goods you can imagine.
The house was well suited for all of our needs. The kitchen is well equipped with anything you might need for cooking meals. Lee has a lot of great art and unique furniture to make the house one of a kind.
Lee was very accommodating and friendly and even waited around for us to get there later in the evening than expected because of flight delays. He walked us through the entire house and explained everything we needed to know for our stay. Lee even gave us a couple options of events going on around us that we might be interested in attending. We left a pair of shoes at his house and he put them into the mail right away to get them back to us.
I would definitely recommend staying at this artist's retreat, and we will be returning if we are ever in the area again! Thanks Lee!
Great Location and a Great Property
Portland has become the capitol of the Northeast for foodies, art aficionados and people who seek the Maine lifestyle. This charming home, lovingly restored by an artist in his own right, is a block from one of Portland's most sought after beaches. Everything you need is a few minutes by foot or car, yet you feel, day or night, that you are in a neighborhood that is truly one of the quietest and best-kept-secrets in Maine.
Lee is personable and will greet you with smile as you arrive. He makes sure before he departs that you know all there is to know about his fun and eclectic home and all that the Portland area has to offer.
We went to Portland every night to sample the world-class restaurants that are only 15 easy minutes away. What a delight.
The house can accommodate your whole family or ( as in our case) the romantic getaway for two. The gourmet kitchen will allow you to express your inner James Beard or simply sit overlooking the garden and have a cup of coffee while reading a book.
All in all, we would and will return. In short, we had a great time and felt like real South Portland insiders from the moment we arrived until the moment left, with a small tear in our eyes.
It's not always easy being humble. That being said, I am always so grateful when folks respond to my home in this fashion. I have put lots of effort over the past 6 years to "getting it right"...and thank you!
Exactly what we hoped for!
Lee's house is fantastic! The bright colors, wonderful artwork and great backyard are perfect for people who want a restorative and stunning place to retreat every evening after a day at the beach or a day enjoying all that Portland has to offer. If you enjoy cooking, Lee's gas stove and kitchen layout will make you happy, although you may want to bring your favorite pan or stock pot! And Lee truly cares about the comfort of his guests. Case in point: when he learned that we were having a family reunion, he brought us over more chairs for the event. He is a considerate and upbeat host. I would definitely recommend this vacation home!
Bring/rent your own Kayak, and wheel it down the street for a sunrise paddle.Then....walk around the corner for a delicious bagel, croissant, quiche, etc. The Casco Bay Ferry Lines, is a 5 minute drive into town, taking you to the islands of Casco Bay: popular, and the more remote.
Great restaurants nearby:n David's (hugh end,classy) up the street. Terra Cotta, Italien provisions, fresh pasta,prepared dinners, great crab cakes, and large wine selection.
Scarboro Beach....wonderful open ocean beach....20 minutes away. Portland Headlight Park: picnics, sea overlooks,expansive...5 minute drive.....
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. First deposit non-refundable within 60 days of booking. Rent from October1 thru May31, for those folks thinking of relocating to my fabulous state, or just can't keep away! Rate: $1750 per month plus utilities. SPECIAL WEEKLY RATES THROUGHOUT SEASON. PLEASE CONTACT OWNER FOR DETAILS. I also have a great off season