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.
Lot Size: +/- 9 acres
Water Frontage: +/- 1,100 linear feet (Frenchman Bay)
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PREVIOUSLY OFFERED FOR $15.5 MILLION. NOW SELLING WITHOUT RESERVE! Located on the exclusive enclave of Mt. Desert Island in Bar Harbor, Maine, this luxurious estate offers a piece of American history alongside its endless water views. Originally built at the turn of the 20th century by famed architect Guy Lowell, the estate known as East of Eden has been impeccably maintained, lovingly restored, and completely upgraded to 21st century luxury. Designed in the Beaux Arts and Mediterranean revival styles, the +/- 15,000 sf residence was built at the height of the Gilded Age, when Bar Harbor was the favored summer retreat for America’s ruling class: the Pulitzers, Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Morgans, Astors, and Fords all called the island home. Today, the residence’s grandeur remains, as it was one of the few summer homes to escape the devastating 1947 fire that destroyed 67 of the estates on the stretch of road called Millionaire’s Row.
Sited on nine secluded acres, East of Eden is nevertheless convenient to downtown Bar Harbor and the incredible Acadia National Park. The estate is completely screened from the main road by mature trees, offering a sense of privacy that belies its central location. Frenchman Bay is just off the waterside terrace, and a deep-water floating dock provides boat-up access to the Property. Inside, the estate is opulent, with 14-foot ceilings, massive fireplaces, spacious rooms, marble floors, and grand period touches restored to their original beauty. 8 bedrooms and 9 full baths, multiple salons and sitting rooms, a professional-grade kitchen, and a wine cellar complete the 28-room manse.
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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. 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.
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.
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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