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This is a wonderfully unique property in the ultra quaint fishing village of Corea, Maine.
Our family purchased The Boathouse in 1970. The parcel included a detached unit across the street which can be made available for extra guests upon request. Visit our listing for The Porchside Harbor House at Corea Harbor here on VRBO or on Homeaway - search property # 3774672! Make it a compound! The Boathouse is a weather-grey shingled, rustic two-story structure that sits squarely on a fishing wharf in the heart of the village of Corea. It was renovated in 1977 into its current form by our Dad, Victor Christ-Janer, who was an internationally recognized architect with a love for the simple life.
The Boathouse has 180 degree views of the harbor from the sun drenched upstairs kitchen and dining area. Read a book or watch the boats come and go from the harbor on the gated outdoor wharf deck. Breezes abound as you listen to the tide come in underneath your feet!
You can easily walk, jog or bike your way around the harbor. Bring a camera or a sketchbook - there is a photo-op every ten steps! Explore off the beaten path side roads, rock walking, discover the sunny beach which gives way to the sandbar that will take you to an island exploration at low tide, pick wild blueberries or buy a bucket of lobster at boat-side prices from the Corea Co-op.
People come to Corea (once called Indian Harbor) for the slow pace yet discover that restaurants, snack bars, grocery shopping, wi-fi coffee bar and pastry shop, laundromat, 5 & 10 are all a scenic 10-minute drive away. On the way snap a shot of the giant Beach Cliff (Stinsons) fisherman standing at the entry to the old sardine factory. Nearby Winter Harbor is home to the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia National Park. Drive or bike the 8-mile loop road. Hike one of several trails to the top of Schoodic Point.
Feed the gulls; watch the waves crash on the rocky coast with Mt. Desert Island in the background.
For a longer excursion, you are 30 minutes from Ellsworth for large shopping centers, big box stores, pharmacies, more great food. Corea is about 50-60 minute ride over to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. If the little ones need distraction, the road from Ellsworth towards Bar Harbor is your answer. Mini-golf, water park, scenic airplane rides, a small zoo to name a few will fit the bill. And, you do have to do the tourist thing at least one day! Shop, eat, whale watch, hike, climb, swim. It’s all there!
The Boathouse on the Wharf offers the vacationer casual, well appointed lodging at budget prices, with easy access to a whole lot of vacation. Turn off the cell phone, save the laptop for games and movies and make The Boathouse on the Wharf your life-unplugged vacation destination this summer!
Please NOTE that the coordinates on Google Maps and Mapquest are BOTH INCORRECT. If you do a search on any mapping search engine, please use YAHOO. Yahoo has it correctly marked in the proper location.
Early Birds! Jun 20 - Jun 26, 2015 7 night min stay
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High Summer Simmer! Jun 27 - Sep 11, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Indian Summer Leaf Peeps! Sep 12 - Oct 31, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
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The Schoodic Peninsula portrays a quiet 'off the grid' vibe without lacking in proximity to major tourist areas. Additionally, the Peninsula has many wonderful attractions. Winter Harbor, home to Schoodic Arts for all, 'is a non profit organization that brings art and culture to the Schoodic Peninsula area and surrounding communities in Down east Maine'. There is something for EVERYBODY there and usually something every night of the week. The Peninsula is also home to the Schoodic Point section of Acadia National Park. Schoodic head offers an abundance of easy to reach picnicking, hiking, views galore and exploratory adventure for the whole family. The loop road, approximately 10 miles long, offers a gorgeous leisurely ride. Drive or hike to the summit of Schoodic Head! Darthia Farms is an organic farm near Corea. Fresh organic produce, home made jams, flavored vinegar, oils, home spun yarn are just some of the goodies available on this old school working farm. A recent barn fire destroyed the old barn and by now the new barn will have been fully erected is a beautiful post and beam reconstruction. Come support local farming at Darthia Farms! There is so much to do and explore and much of the fun in this area is finding your own exciting adventure. If you do, be sure to let us know! We'd love to hear about it!
Year Purchased: 1970
About: My name is Katherine Christ-Janer. I am managing the Boathouse rental for my Mom, Beth Christ-Janer. My sister Karey is a year round resident in Berthoud, Colorado and her lovely daughter Karissa is a musician living in Los Angeles. My mother and I live in Connecticut year round and enjoy our time in Maine during the summers when possible. Across the street from the Boathouse we own what we call the 'Main House' which also has an in-law apartment. We may also rent it out this season. My Mom turned 90 years old this past December and she still loves to take her walks to the post office and back when we're up there. My Mom grew up in New Haven, CT where she met my father Victor. Our family lived in New Canaan, CT where my father had a very successful architectural firm. He was a second wave player in the mid-century modernist movement in the area. He passed in 2008 and as you will read below, it is because of him that we arrived in Corea! I can't tell you how many joy filled summers we had in Corea. We were still kids when we had our first visit. On that first day in Corea it was only a matter of hours before many of the local kids came to check us out. That night we all played flashlight tag together and planted the seeds of many summer crushes. Also, my sister stepped on a clam hoe and almost lost a toe that night! As the years have progressed, we've seen the town grow from an out of the way place that no one south of Boston knew existed to a spot that has a respectful summer population of visitors and also year round residents who moved there from out of state. Though the village is a mix of local and those 'from away' the harbor retains all the authenticity of the spirit of the working man and the characteristics my father was attracted to in the first place.
Why Corea: In 1970, my father was touring with the Danforth Foundation, giving a series of lectures on architecture in colleges and universities all around the United States. Were it not for a lecture at Colby College in Waterville Maine in the deep freeze of winter we might not have found Corea. My parents had been considering a summer home for a little while and despite the bitter cold temperatures in the area, my father set out on a mission. He decided to start with the first peninsula above Bar Harbor to find that sweet spot out of the fray of tourism and drive towards Canada searching for a place that felt like 'home'. Driving onto the Schoodic Peninsula, he arrived into Corea and shortly came upon a couple of artist painting bravely, from the back of a van! They all began to talk and my father explained what he was setting out to do. The artists told my father that they had just made the drive from the north heading south, painting as they went and they said something along the lines of this: 'Don't bother going any further! We haven't seen a more beautiful spot than right here'. That day my father contacted a realtor. A home in the center of town was just about to go on the market. Across the street was a ramshackle workshop from which fishermen had long worked on traps, gathered to work. The workshop was purchased at a later date but the die was cast and the house the realtor showed my Dad became ours. The rest as they say is history! He snapped a series of photos to show our Mom, Beth Christ-Janer (who is the present owner) and us kids and that was that! Summer of 1970 was to be the first of many blissful summers in our beloved Corea, Maine.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: The most unique aspect of the Boathouse is the fact that the house sits directly on a working wharf dead center in the middle of town. Being in the Boathouse feels a bit like being in a boat! You can actually hear the water lapping the rocky shore and underpinnings of the wharf from inside the house! There are lobster traps on the wharf, as our friend Randy fishes from this wharf. You will see him and his boat come and go (not at the crack of dawn though!). The house isn't 'fussy' it is rustic and casual and has some interesting touches. For instance, when finishing the bathroom downstairs, my father retained an interior weathered shingled wall on which fisherman had carved their initials over the years! The enclosed Wharf Deck allows guest to sit as close to the water as the boats and gives one of the most coveted views of the harbor on the shore.