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.
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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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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.