How'd You Like to Live in a Concrete Sculpture?
A handful of homes built or enhanced by creative types recently hit the market, allowing buyers to live with (or in) their favorite art form.
TEXT BY SARAH STEBBINS
Setting: Kennebunkport, on the Road to Misery (a joke inspired by the peaceful wooded surroundings). 2003 off-grid monolithic dome house. 1,477 square feet. Three bedrooms, one bath, 2.7 kW solar array, deck. 42.96 acres
Handmade Highlights: Sculptor Daphne Pulsifer thinks of the half-moon–shaped concrete retreat she and her family built by hand as a giant sculpture. Designed with input from Texas’s Monolithic Dome Institute, which promotes the energy-efficient concrete forms, the home has soaring mottled plaster walls; railings, posts, and beams fashioned from the property’s trees; handcrafted oak and pine doors with jewel-like glass cutouts; ruddy porcelain floor tiles inlaid with a compass rose; and a 12-foot-long steel pot rack, welded by Pulsifer and her husband, Daniel Bates, that accentuates the curved kitchen wall.
Agent: Josephine Power
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Setting: Greens Island, off Vinalhaven; accessible by private boat. 1990 seasonal cottage. 1,980 square feet. Four bedrooms, half bath, fireplace, bunkhouse, boathouse (with boats included). 3.79 acres
Handmade Highlights: Painter and sculptor Buckley Smith spent years crafting his summer cottage, which appears plucked from a storybook. Lichened beach stones, rock quarried from the island, and mosaics of brick, stone, and glass decorate the gabled front facade. Beyond a masonry threshold inlaid with cobalt glass, the house, partially renovated by the current owner and sold as is, features a double-sided stone fireplace with a weathered-wood mantel and, in the upstairs hall, a mural of a pirate scene from Treasure Island. On the bunkhouse, “shingles” made from old records mingle with wavy hand-hewn clapboards.
Agent: Penney Read
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Setting: Stockton Springs village of Sandy Point. 1976 raised ranch with Penobscot Bay views. 2,732 square feet. Four bedrooms, two baths, deck. 2.3 acres
Handmade Highlights: After hobbyist painter Tina Pesce died last August, neighbors discovered a treasure trove of murals in her home that few knew were there: a village and towering lighthouse tucked among fluffy autumn trees that stretch around an entire room; a seascape dotted with spruce-spiked islands and a lone sailboat above a water-facing window; and a corresponding work on the opposite wall with a fishing shack covered in colorful buoys. “The right person [needs] to buy this house of masterpieces,” one admirer wrote after photos of the paintings were posted on Facebook.
Agent: Evelyn Conrad