East of Eden
Bar Harbor, ME
Auction Date & Time
Saturday September 7, 2019 at 2:00pm ET
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8 BD / 9 BA / 3 Half BA
+/- 15,000 sq. ft. / tri-level
Lot Size: +/- 9 acres
Water Frontage: +/- 1,100 linear feet (Frenchman Bay)
Private Boat Dock (deep-water)
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PREVIOUSLY OFFERED FOR $15.5 MILLION. NOW SELLING WITHOUT RESERVE! Located in the exclusive New England town of Bar Harbor on Maine’s Mt. Desert Island, this inspiring estate is a magnificent piece of American history and a true “Trophy Property!” Originally built at the turn of the 20th century by famed architect Guy Lowell, the estate – affectionately named East of Eden– has been lovingly restored, thoroughly upgraded and impeccably maintained throughout the years, standing ready to appease the discerning, 21st Century luxury homeowner.
Designed in the Beaux Arts and Mediterranean Revival styles, the residence was built at the height of the Gilded Age, when Bar Harbor was the favored summer retreat for what was then considered America’s “ruling class.” To be sure, the Pulitzers, Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Morgans, Astors and Fords all called the island home, and East of Eden’s most recent owner was none other than the late William B. Ruger, Jr., a member of the family who co-founded Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. More commonly known as “Ruger” (and having the stock symbol RGR), the company has more than 2,000 employees and is one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of firearms.
Today, the residence’s grandeur remains. Sited on 9 private and manicured acres and sheltered from the nearest main road by mature landscaping, East of Eden feels like a retreat set worlds apart from the often-frantic pace of modern life. Yet despite this privacy, the property’s location is convenient to downtown Bar Harbor and the incredible Acadia National Park.
The property’s +1,100 ft of linear water-frontage on Frenchman Bay provides for dazzling water and sunrise views. A deep-water, floating dock is connected to the grounds via a 150-ft, illuminated walking bridge, allowing for convenient dockage of your most prized vessel (including sailboats).
Inside the residence, the opulence of the era from which the estate was born is evidenced by features such as 14-foot ceilings, massive fireplaces, generously-proportioned rooms, marble flooring and grand period touches that have been restored to their original beauty. That opulence has been tempered, however, with modern creature comforts and various upgrades, such as a professional-grade kitchen and wine cellar.
Three living levels offer +/- 15,000 interior sf and a total of 28 rooms, including 8 bedrooms, 9 full and 3 half baths. The basement level houses the wine cellar, mechanical rooms and storage space. Outside, a large veranda on the side of the residence offers views of the rolling lawns and Frenchman Bay, while a sprawling, waterfront patio provides ample space for sunbathing, dining al fresco or hosting grand-scale events!
In addition to its large motor court, the estate also features a separate garage house constructed in 2008. The structure offers 8 vehicle bays (tall enough for large vehicles such as RVs) and a two-sided, drive-through design. Other outbuildings on the estate grounds include a “gatehouse” along the entry drive (currently used for storage), an enclosed woodshed housing a 20kW generator and an additional utility/storage shed.
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BAR HARBOR, ME. Home to the largest parts of Acadia National Park and a majestic 25-mile long coastline, Bar Harbor is an historic, quaint town nestled on the east coast of Maine. Early industries included fishing, lumbering, and shipbuilding, and evolved over the years to include agriculture. The wild beauty of the place inspired painters, and the popularity of Bar Harbor with professional and amateur artists alike led to the creation of a robust hospitality industry. Additionally, Bar Harbor has always been a popular tourist and summer home retreat. Bar Harbor was the vacation destination of choice for titans of American industry throughout the Gilded Age, when tycoons and robber barons built massive “cottages” on the shoreline. Today, celebrities from Susan Sarandon to John Travolta to Martha Stewart have owned real estate in this tony enclave.
Besides garden parties, yachting, and horse-racing, Bar Harbor offers a plethora of activities for the nature enthusiast. Scenic hiking and biking at Acadia National Park, fishing, clamming, and lobstering provide opportunities to enjoy the impressive views as well as some of the country’s finest seafood. Bar Harbor’s locale also boasts fine opportunities for sailing, yachting, and kayaking along the coast in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. If you’d rather remain on land, fantastic yoga retreats and spas are available right in the heart of town. Regardless of your entertainment choices, the historic and picturesque town is sure to suit those in search of the intersection of old-world charm and modern life.
MT. DESERT ISLAND, ME. Located in Hancock County, Maine, Mt. Desert Island (pronounced “dessert” by the locals) is the largest island off the coast of Maine with an area of 108 square miles.Named for its impressive mountain range by explorer Samuel de Champlains, the isle is no longer the barren place first observed on its discovery by the French explorer in 1604. The second-largest island on the Eastern seaboard, Mt. Desert Island supports a year-round population of approximately 10,600, with an amazing 3.5 million tourists visiting this ocean hamlet every year. Today, the island is lush, with conifer trees growing alongside aspen, birch and maple – making fall a truly glorious time to visit.
Acadia National Park draws in the majority of the visitors to the area, and direct access to the park is afforded from the northeast shore of Bar Harbor. The ancient passage of glaciers (measuring over a mile high and two miles thick) traced rounded mountain tops, elongated ponds, lakes, and the seven-mile long Somes Sound into the earth, and the vistas they left behind are awe-inspiring. Incredible views of the ocean and surrounding communities can be seen from Cadillac Mountain, which remains the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard at 1,530 feet above sea level. The natural beauty of Maine is on display year-round in this historic “Down East” town.
Property listed and offered for sale by The Knowles Company (AC90600727). Listing agent Susan M. Ferrante-Collier (BA95243). Platinum Luxury Auctions LLC is a registered Foreign Limited Liability Company with the state of Maine (Charter No. 20200057FC) providing auction and auction-marketing services as part of this transaction, and is not providing real estate brokerage services where prohibited.
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