163 Danforth Street
Portland's Only Boutique Inn
- 12,534 Approx. Sqft
- .27 Lot Size
- 4 Stories
- 11 Bedrooms
- 11/2 Baths
- 4 Living
- 3 Dining
- 1 Kitchen
Yes, that phrase is overused, but you will not see an opportunity like this again. A chance to step into an established business, with outstanding accolades and reviews from national publications. A truly turn‑key, boutique inn, already updated throughout with luxury and style. A top‑tier restaurant in one of the country’s “foodiest” cities. A modern bar/lounge with a unique and elegant setting and menu. All the support systems – websites, social media, management systems, menus ‑ are in place. All of the furnishings and guest amenities are included. You could take on all the pieces ‑ inn, restaurant, bar – or retain one or two portions and lease the other(s) to a separate owner or manager.
The property is truly unique. It is on the peninsula and convenient to all that Portland offers, yet this is a quiet, residential block. 163 Danforth is one of Portland’s grand mansions from the city’s days as a major port. All of the history of the house has been preserved but is updated with an added layer of modern, urban glamour, and international sophistication. The building systems have been completely upgraded as required to support the current demands of a world‑class inn or private home. A generously sized lot presently provides much‑needed parking and could be used to expand the building.
Endless Options + Opportunities
Perhaps the next owner will prefer to return the building to a private residence. Alterations made for the current use – the addition of a bar, the atmospheric lighting – were made in a manner to be easily reversed with no damage to the house. Move‑in ready, this nine‑bedroom house would be perfect for a family or anyone with frequent guests and visitors. The district’s public schools, and the prestigious Waynflete School are all within a few minutes walk or drive of Danforth Street, as are churches and synagogues. Also within walking distance are shops, parks, and cafés for both the necessities and luxuries of daily life.
The Building Features:
- Fire‑suppression system throughout
- Efficient natural gas boiler for the radiators
The large lot sits at the end of Tyng Street, an arrangement that provides unobstructed water views of the harbor and South Portland beyond. The areas around the house are beautifully landscaped with mature trees and plantings. A special feature is a private garden hidden next to the sun porch. A large parking lot behind the house has space for cars and also provides an opportunity to expand the building, should the next owner need more room.
A true mansion dating to Portland’s golden age as a maritime port, the exterior of this house has been carefully maintained. A symmetrical facade, a deep cornice at the roof, and classical details are surviving elements of the building’s original Federal style, updated with a complementary Colonial Revival front entry, sun porch, and windows in 1902‑04.
As this is a brick building with granite headers and foundations and very limited amounts of wood trim, exterior upkeep is inherently minimal. When repairs were needed the most durable materials were installed by highly skilled craftspeople. The brick walls have been repointed and the historic wood window sash have been carefully reglazed and painted. The gutters and leaders are copper, an investment that will provide years of trouble‑free service to the next owner.
A Tourist’s Dream
With ever‑expanding activities and beautiful landscapes, Portland is fast becoming one of New England’s most visited cities. And while there are many places to stay in Portland, the Danforth Inn is the only Boutique Hotel, offering a truly unique experience to guests.
For nearly two centuries travelers have enjoyed the comfort and peace of The Danforth. Renovated and renewed with sophisticated colors and a superb and discerning collection of art, this small, luxury inn exudes old‑school charm. Furnished to provide comfort and with an eye to style, The Danforth is the right destination for a romantic getaway, a city spree, or a base to work from.