This home on Peaks Island, Maine, provides abundant privacy, yet is within a two minute walk to the back shore of the island and the Gulf of Maine. In fact, this property is in a neighborhood of fine homes completely surrounded by wooded lands protected by conservation easements managed by the Peaks Island Land Preserve. Well off the road and within earshot of the pounding surf, this four-bedroom, two-bath home faces south, allowing the sun to pour in. The large, 12' x 30' deck off the kitchen offers a 'tree-house like' environment, perfect for entertaining or just lounging. If you prefer something more intimate, you can relax in the five-passenger Thermospa hot tub on a deck perched on the ledge off the north side of the home.
This is a working Permaculture Demonstration Site. There is an apartment on the first level with a separate entrance used by the owner when in residence to perform gardening duties, etc. The owner is available to assist you with the hot tub, wood stove, fire pit, and provide general information on the island and it's environs. Horticultural duties may require the owner to water or harvest as the situation dictates. Renters in residence will always be contacted prior to these activities to insure they occur at their convenience.
There are four bedrooms as follows:
• Bedroom One Top Floor: One Queen Bed
• Bedroom Two Top Floor: Two Queen Futon Beds
• Bedroom Three Middle Floor: One Queen Bed
• Bedroom Four Middle Floor: One Double Bed and One Double Convertible Bed
Excerpt from Wikipedia ~
Peaks Island is the most populous island in Casco Bay, Maine. It is part of the city of Portland and is approximately 5 km (3 mi) from downtown. The island became a popular summer destination in the late 19th century, when it was known as the Coney Island of Maine, home to hotels, cottages, theaters, and amusement parks.
Hollywood film director John Ford was known as 'The Mayor of Peaks Island' because of his great affinity for the island. He vacationed there from boyhood through the early 1960s, worked as an usher at the Gem Theater and was a deckhand on the Casco Bay Lines ferries in his youth. Ford's relatives still live on the island.
Besides the Gem, which featured famous performers including the Barrymore family, two other summer theaters were located on the island. One, the Pavilion, opened in 1887, is said to be the first summer theater in the country. The Greenwood Garden Amusement Park sported the Greenwood Garden Playhouse.
George M. Cohan tried his productions out at the island's theaters before taking them to Broadway. Circa 1908, D.W. Griffith was torn between continuing to appear in plays produced at the island's playhouses as he frequently did or heading to Hollywood. Jean Stapleton's first professional appearance in the summer of 1941 was in a production at Greenwood Garden. Martin Landau also made his professional stage debut in a 1951 production of 'Detective Story' at Greenwood Garden where for several seasons he was a resident cast member.
Most of the hotels were lost to fires over the years. The Gem Theater was destroyed by fire on September 7, 1934. 17 buildings burned to the ground on June 2, 1936, including the new Union House Hotel. The only original hotel structure remaining on the island is the Avenue House, which has been converted into condominiums.
During World War II, the island was home to a large military defense installation, including the largest structure, Battery Steele, which housed two 16 inch (406 mm) guns. When Battery Steele's guns were first tested, windows on the opposite side of the island shattered.
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