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European-Style Retreat With Oceanfront Views in the Tranquil Maine Woods


Nestled in the woods on a picturesque peninsula in Maine, an estate that evokes a European retreat rests on nearly 10 private acres of land. Located on the southern end of Mount Desert Island, the property consists of two distinct oceanfront homes—each ...


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LISTING OF THE DAY Location: Tremont, Maine Price: $2.9 million Nestled in the woods on a picturesque peninsula in Maine, an estate that evokes a European retreat rests on nearly 10 private acres of landLocated on the southern end of Mount Desert Island, the property consists of two distinct oceanfront homes—each on its own lot—and more than 500 feet of ocean frontage The manor home with its attached two-story tower house is somewhat reminiscent of a castleThe main house was constructed in 2000 in a decidedly European style with massive fireplaces, soaring ceilings with exposed beams, a tile roof and wide windows to showcase the beautiful Blue Hill Bay views “I love that when you drive up to the house, you wonder, how old is this building?” said Kimberly Swan of the Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty, the property’s listing agent“And then you find out it was built in this century, not the 18th.” The property also has a charming cottage, which was built as a single-family home in 1945It’s perched overlooking the ocean and features a waterfront deck, a cozy fireplace and a well-maintained cedar shake exterior. More: Click for a Video Tour of a Magical Castle on the Cliffs of Maine According to the listing, the cottage has been a successful vacation rental and could be an income option for new owners or used as part of a family compound  “We have seen several potential buyers who are familiar with the Lopaus Point part of Mount Desert Island, as it is so beautiful, but also on the quiet side of the island, away from busy, touristy Bar Harbor,” MsSwan said“It is such a unique design; it is attractive to those who are looking for something out of the ordinary.” Stats The 3,000-square-foot main house has four bedrooms and three full bathroomsThe 800-square-foot cottage has one bedroom and one full bathroom. Amenities The home has a spacious chef’s kitchen, an expansive library, a full, unfinished basement, two large fireplaces and a detached three-car barn for a garageThe two-story structure houses a charming breakfast room but would also work well as an artist’s studio Talking point The main house’s European style is exemplified by the brown oak trim and the heavy use of limestone“The walls were constructed with a traditional process called ‘lime rendering’ that uses natural hydraulic lime, which is produced by heating limestone,” MsSwan explained “Ultimately, it allows a building to breatheThe owners were very serious about using building methods that would have been common 100 years ago.” More: House Island, One of a Cluster of Islands Off Portland, Maine, is An Oasis with a Storied Past Neighborhood notes According to MsSwan, the property shares Mount Desert Island with Acadia National ParkThe main house sits above Blue Hill Bay, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful bodies of water for sailing and the bustling town of Bar Harbor, on the north side of the island, about 17 miles away, has plenty of restaurants and shops that are open year-round Agent: Kimberly Swan, Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty View the original listing. 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