Real Estate

E.B. White Barn

Rooms of Their Own

Homes

A flurry of homes with famous former owners recently made Maine real-estate news. They’re bound by a common literary thread.

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Your Castle Awaits

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For Sylvester Blackmore Beckett, “a man’s home is his castle” was no mere metaphor. In 1874, the poet and lawyer built a stone, Gothic-style summer residence with a three-story tower (which served as a navigational aid for ships) and masonry terracing suggestive of fortifications, on a bluff in Cape Elizabeth. Known as Beckett’s Castle, the […]

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Peaks Island Home

Picturesque Peaks

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As you glide toward Peaks Island on the Casco Bay Lines ferry, this awninged 1840 Cape is one of the first houses you see. Perched on a steep slope, steps away from the action on the waterfront, the property nevertheless maintains a sense of privacy. Hedges and fencing encapsulate gardens, bluestone patios, and a pool; […]

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Tudor Revival Home

Fairytale Find

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Once upon a time, picturesque cottages that looked like they had been plucked from storybooks began popping up in American suburbs. Loosely based on the architecture of England’s late-medieval Tudor period, the early 20th century Tudor Revival cottages featured steeply pitched, cross-gabled roofs, ornamental half-timbering, and stucco- or masonry-veneered walls. One charming iteration of the […]

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The Camden Mountain House

Sponsored Content: Camden Real Estate Company

Perched on a peak minutes from downtown Camden, a finely crafted home offers panoramic views from Matinicus Island to Isle au Haut. Allen Fernald’s first visit to the Camden plot where he would build his home involved a brisk hike up the eastern face of Bald Mountain. Arriving at the heavily wooded site with his […]

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Past Perfect

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More than 250 years ago, when Falmouth and its surroundings were known as “New Casco,” this gabled Cape was likely one of only 60 or so houses sprinkled around the Presumpscot River. Following the lead of Arthur Mackworth, Falmouth’s first European resident, the settlers had banded together for safety. Hallmarks of the home’s antique pedigree […]

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Shingle-Style Fantasy

Sponsored Content: Tranzon Auction Properties

In the 1880s, seasonal cottages with sweeping porches and asymmetrical rooflines began popping up along the Maine coast, their weathered-shingle facades appearing to grow out of the granite ledge. Dubbed “the architecture of the American summer” by Yale professor Vincent Scully, these “shingle style” dwellings were soon translated into year-round homes for local residents and […]

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Lodge Living

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Eight years ago, an adventurous buyer looked at a boxy, windowless Odd Fellows hall in Falmouth and saw his next home. The 1833 Greek Revival building with a belfry started out as a private school on Falmouth Road and was moved to its current location on Checkerberry Lane in 1850 to serve the needs of […]

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A Rockefeller’s Refuge

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Earlier this year, David Rockefeller Sr. gave away a Jericho Bay island, an Andrew Wyeth painting, and millions of dollars to the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve and Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Now those charities, among others, stand to benefit from the sale of the late billionaire’s 14 ½-acre Seal Harbor estate, which went […]

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Island Aerie

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Type the address of this Long Island cottage into Google Maps and a pin pops up in the ocean. In reality, a small swath of lawn separates the 1900 building from the edge of a massive granite cliff — a moot point, apparently, in mapping software. The home’s bird’s eye view is celebrated in room […]

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