1901 winterized stone cottage with great character located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods. Sits on 1.5 acres and has ocean view and minutes walk to Southwest Harbor as well as in the heart of Acadia National Park for endless activities. 6 bed rooms, 3 floors, large front and back porches, substantial gardens where fresh cut flowers can be had (newly upgraded), large yard to play in, full complement of modern amenities. Full time caretaker nearby/on call.
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We have roots in Philadelphia, live in CT, and work in NYC. With our three children, we spend a chunk of each summer in Maine.
Our family built this house in 1901 as well as the surrounding houses and were pioneers from Philadelphia in creating the summer colony on Mt. Desert sometimes called 'Philadelphia on the Rocks'. Mt. Desert is an amazing island that has such a diverse number of memorable activities. We haven't missed a summer here and for good reason.
This is a spacious, light, characterful home which was built for comfort and long summer stays. The property (contiguous to other family houses), location, and personal connection drew us to acquire it.
Located in the heart of Acadia National Park where there are countless mountains to hike, lakes to swim in, and famous hiking and carriage trails to hike or mountain bike. 10 minutes walk to quaint Southwest Harbor for refined cuisine dining, shops, groceries (including a super characterful general store with high end food offerings), hardware store, bakery, drug store, ice cream, fun shops, etc. etc. are located. Mount Desert is also known for being a noted capital of world class sailing so much so that the famous Hinckley sail boats and and Morris yachts are made on the island. Surrounding Mount Desert (which has the only natural fjord in North America piercing the middle of the island) are several smaller islands which are easily accessable by boat and regularly scheduled water taxis. Boating is amazing. Must islands like Little Cranberry (terrific art galleries, on-dock restaurant, etc.), Big Cranberry (walking/biking), Bakers (light house, hike across to the 'dancing rocks' shore with giant pink granite rocks), etc. are all within reach. Hiking is also world class with phenomenal views from mountains (Flying Moutain, Valley Peak, Acadia, Western/Mansell, etc. on this side of the island and 15-30 minute easy drive to other side of the island for mountains such as Sergeants, Norumbega, Cadillac, Champlain, etc....search Acadia National Park for more detail) and multiple lakes to swim in (Long Pond and Echo Lake are 10 minutes or less by car and try jumping off the Echo Lake Bluffs which is across the street from entrance to Acadia mountain trail). A fresh-off-the-boat lobster pound is in walking distance by 10 minutes. You can also walk directly out of the driveway down to the beach and walk along it for a taste of the well known rocky Maine coast. If you are a garden lover, you need to see Thulya Garden (Northeast...reachable by boat or by car) or the Rockefeller Gardens. Dining on the island will please even the most discriminating taste (seriously...) and in walking distance are very refined restaurants like Red Sky or Fiddler on the Green. Go to Bar Harbor by car which is 20 minutes or by a free bus (leaves every 45 mins or so...teenagers can go on their own its that easy). There are plenty of restaurants (Havanna is very good) and ice cream at Ben & Bills is memorable. Tons of shops in Bar Harbor, too. Another thought is to walk to the famous turn-of-the-century characterful hotel The Claremont (10 mins walk) and have a drink on their cool bar on the dock, play croquet on their lawn, dine on the their porch, etc. Also 10 mins walk is the Causeway Club. They have a 9 hole links course (allows for public to play) and tennis, both of which are right along the water (Somes Sound). More challenging golf is at 18 hole Kebo which is a 20 min drive toward Bar Harbor. Mountain bike along the carriage trails and try going over toward Jordan Pond where you can find endless trails and end up at Jordan Pond House for lunch or the famous popovers and tea in a setting that will blow your mind. You won't get through all a list of 'must sees' in a week as there are so many. Trust me, you will sleep well at night.