Property We Covet

Portland Victorian

Urban Oasis

Property We Covet

Imagine being able to head out for a morning kayak or paddleboard ride and get downtown by the start of business. In Portland, there’s a little-known waterfront community tucked along the southern corner of the East Deering neighborhood. Residents share a private beach, where you can launch a small boat, fish, and take in the […]

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Converted church

Sacred Ground

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If you’re looking for a historic home with plenty of character in a quaint coastal village, this property will sound heavenly: a landmark church on West Elm Street in Yarmouth that has been converted into a residence. Built in 1898 as a Methodist house of worship, the building had been vacant and boarded up for […]

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You Could Live Here

Maine Places

“Maine camp” has many different meanings. To some, it’s simply a retreat in a beautiful setting. Others reference a rudimentary structure with minimal modern conveniences. For the purposes of this roundup of camps currently on the market here, I have stuck to smallish, rustic buildings with electricity, running water, ocean or lake access, and plenty […]

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Vinalhaven home

Panoramic Perch

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If a crow’s nest could be made suitable for modern living would you move in? With its round, weathered-shingle frame and wraparound windows and porches, Vinalhaven’s Octagon House is the closest approximation of a sailor’s lookout we’ve seen on land. Views of the Camden Hills, Penobscot Bay, and an 83-acre town park crisscrossed with hiking […]

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Cape Elizabeth real estate

Bold Ocean Living

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If you sail or motor through Cape Elizabeth’s Broad Cove, the plot at 0 Pilot Point Road will likely elicit a double take. Situated between gracious homes on a precipitous granite cliff, the 1.14-acre wooded property rises up like a mirage induced, perhaps, by sunlight dazzling on cobalt water. In fact, the land has been […]

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Bar Harbor home

Sitting on Top of the Bay

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On Bar Harbor’s Blue Hill Bay, this thoughtfully sited, multi-volume Cape jogs in and out like the shoreline it faces. Five bedrooms, a kitchen, and glassed-in porch surround the home’s centerpiece: a soaring post-and-beam living-dining room flanked by fireplaces. The 1938 cottage represents a rustic turn for mid-century architects Roger Griswold and Millard Gulick, who […]

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Mid-Century Marvel

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After World War II, Americans eager to start families struck out for the suburbs, where they erected open-concept homes with informal living rooms, high-tech kitchens, and massive windows framing patios and yards — the same features, in other words, that today’s homeowners crave. What most buyers don’t want, of course, is a house that looks […]

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Owls Head cottage

Beach Beauty

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Framed in the windowed front door of this Owls Head cottage, the sea sparkles like a sapphire in an amethyst setting. Inside, wraparound windows showcase a wide swath of Penobscot Bay studded with Sheep and Monroe Islands in the foreground, and North Haven and Vinalhaven beyond. On the other side of a rosa rugosa hedge […]

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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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