Luxury Estate, 35 Acres of Privacy Yet Near Town! 1 Mile of Waterfront!(15 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:Estate
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
Estate, 8 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 17-21)
The estate is as unique as it is spacious. There is probably not another property as close to Portland (40 min) that is as secluded and private as Dingley Island. Offering three floors, six large bedrooms, four with private baths (plus a large open plan 3rd floor with private bath, with lots of room for Aerobeds and overflow) as well as a carriage house with full amenities. Prepare meals in the gourmet kitchen or enjoy cocktails mixed at the wet bar in the timber frame Great Room with Steinway piano and a towering granite fireplace competing for attention with the all encompassing water views. Dine with your family and friends in a one of a kind dining room nestled between two walls of windows with french doors to bring the outdoors in and a table-side fire perfecting the atmosphere and warming you from the evening sea breeze..
A yachter's dream, there is a 120' floating dock with 10' of deep water at low tide as well as two moorings. A classic 'hurricane hole' of protected anchorage. The dock is sometimes shared with the owner when they are in town and staying at the second house on the vast property. If you are lucky enough to be staying at that time, do not be surprised if your offered a private water tour of the local area.
Watch the seals basking on the rocks from one of two private second floor balconies and be on the lookout for one of the numerous Bald Eagles who frequent the treetops surrounding the house. Explore the 35 acre estate; discovering beautifully landscaped gardens, private coves, swim float, fresh water pond, hot tub, swimming pool, basketball and tennis court, complete with pitching machine. If there are adventurers in your group they may choose to spend a night roughing it in the two story treehouse complete with electricity, kingsize bed, and two daybeds. Walk the numerous private nature trails including a full mile of scenic coastline while looking for local wildlife or paddle the rugged Maine coast while kayaking.
Located on the southern peninsula of Dingley Island, but connected to the mainland via bridge for a short drive to local dining, theaters, galleries, museums and shopping or catch the DownEaster Train to Boston for the day. Nearby Brunswick (according to the Smithsonian Magazine, one of America’s best small towns in 2012) and Bath are only 15 minutes away and historic Portland is only 40 minutes. Although one would wonder why you would ever want to leave.
**NOTE** There is a 2nd home on the estate, not available for rent, where the owner's long retired parents live year round. The two homes are nicely separated, not visible from each other, sharing only the same 3/4 mile long private driveway and the dock, so you might see my family members using the dock to take out our boats (holler and you might get a ride!).
BEDROOM 1: 17x14 Master suite located on the first floor featuring King Size Bed, Master Bath, Whirlpool tub, double sinks, walk in shower, walk in closet, makeup counter and private entrance from wrap around porch, great water view. Wheel chair accessible.
BEDROOM 2: 20x15 2nd Floor Master suite featuring King Size Bed, Master Bath, double sink, cast iron soaking tub, private balcony, fireplace, incredible water views.
BEDROOM 3: 12x16, 2nd floor, King size bed, private ¾ bath, stunning water view, private balcony.
BEDROOM 4: 17x13, 2nd floor, King Size bed, private ¾ bath, water views.
BEDROOM 5: 15x16 2nd floor, Two twin beds, window seat/daybed, spectacular water view.
BEDROOM 6: 15x13, 2nd floor, Two twin beds, vaulted ceiling, spectacular water view.
3rd Floor overflow suite - Open concept, private ¾ bath, living room area with room for Aerobeds, TV and stereo, ping pong, upright Steinway piano. Skylights, water view
Tree House - Architecturally designed. King size bed in loft and two day beds.
KITCHEN: granite countertops, Viking range, double oven, large walk in pantry, two sinks, two dishwashers.
CARRIAGE HOUSE: furnished studio apartment with private deck, full kitchen, full bath, 1 bedroom w/queen bed, loft with two futon mattresses. Water view.
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Brunswick Maine - Smithsonian article 'The 20 Best Small towns in America'.
Brunswick, Maine article in Boston Globe:
Brunswick, Maine article in the Associate Press
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Member since: 2012
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19, Beds for 16-19
- King size beds (5), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1) Carriage house has a bedroom, bath, kitchen, lovely living area, deck, views, plus a sleeping loft for kids., Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (1) Lots of extra room for kids. All of the bedrooms are oversized., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)...moreless
Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player:
- Game Room:
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable:
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
One mile of the Maine coast of your very own! A yachter's dream, there is a 120' floating dock with 10' of deep water at low tide as well as two moorings. A classic 'hurricane hole' of protected anchorage....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Mountain Biking
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Seating for 12 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Broadband Access:
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Mobile Phone:
- Parking Off Street
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
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Oct 1 - May 13, 2017
2 night min stay
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7 night min stay
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- Tax Rate 9%
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Year Purchased: 1994
About: Born in Maine, living in exile in San Francisco. 49 years old, two teenage children, married for 22 years Keywords: Maine, luxury, estate, Island,Brunswick, Bowdoin College, Dingley Island, Waterfront, Oceanfront, , Harbor, Portland, Freeport, Vacation Home, private, Dock, kayaking, Weddings, Reunions, Bailey, Orrs, secluded, cottage, beachhouse, beach, shore, deep, water, mooring, pier, float, slip, yacht, graduation, Bowdoin
Why Harpswell, ME, USA:
My wife and I were living and working long hours in NYC in 1993 and wanted a weekend getaway haven, kind of like the Hamptons or Martha’s Vineyard … but not filled with other New Yorkers. I grew up in Maine, my wife and I are alumni of Bowdoin College, so we both love Maine and Mainers particularly. We scouted real estate for two years. We wanted a place very easy to get to for a weekend, yet an authentic Maine experience. This property met both of those requirements. There is excellent air service to Portland – it’s less than a one hour flight (35 minutes in the air) from NYC and then a 45 minute drive. So in a couple of hours, suddenly you are not in Manhattan anymore; you are on an ISLAND IN MAINE, with your own private 35 acres and a hard-to-believe mile of your own coast line, complete with a dock, tennis court, and miles of nature trails. We would fly up Friday afternoon and catch a very early flight Monday morning in time to be back to work. Once you are there, you’re on a very remote-feeling island, surrounded by other islands, but you can drive there (there’s a bridge). The minute we get out of the car, the unmistakable pine and salt water-scented Maine air suddenly envelopes us. I think this might be my favorite part of the whole experience. Instantly, you are really in Maine. Our property is a narrow peninsula with a long private driveway. It’s the southern approximately 1/3 of beautiful Dingley Island with its dozen or so other mostly year round residents, including our neighbor, noted furniture maker Thos. Moser. Dingley Island is part of the town of Harpswell, which consists partially of some land contiguous with the mainland, but mostly an archipelago of connected (by bridges) and unconnected nearby islands. As a result, Harpswell has about 216 miles of coast, more than any other town in the United States. Graduation, luxury, estate, Island,Brunswick, Bowdoin College, Waterfront, Oceanfront, Harbor, Portland, Freeport, bath, reunion
The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
Authentic Maine Experience. While there are seasonal residents on Dingley Island and in Harpswell, what we love is that our neighbors are mostly year-round residents, many of them fishermen, so it’s a fun to look out the window and regularly see lobster fisherman and clammers at work. So, it’s the real Maine experience, as opposed to a little more touristy experience you’d likely get if you were to go to the other many beautiful places in Maine like Bar Harbor or Camden. We spend a lot of time on the dock hanging out, swimming or fishing for striped bass (you can catch them right off the dock with a fly rod), exploring the coast with our sailboat, motor boats, or kayaks, and walking the beautiful trails. The trails are a mix of marked coastal and interior trails featuring beautiful water views and deep woods with old growth pine, spruce, cedars, and birches and a deep spongy carpet of lichen, moss, and pine needles. If we decide to go “off island”, which is pretty rare, we enjoy driving or boating around Harpwell taking in the beautiful scenary, going to the 3-4 lobster restaurants, or hiking the land trust owned trails. Civilization is only 10-12 minutes away at Cook’ Corner with its Starbucks, bookstore, eight-plex movie theatre, supermarket, and hospital. Brunswick and Bath are only another 5 minutes away and Freeport another 10-15 minutes. Brunswick, home of Bowdoin, is a beautiful historic college town is overrepresented with nice restaurants, shops, galleries, wine bars, brew pubs, and services. We regularly go to the weekly farmers’ market on Brunswick’s village green. We are very lucky to have two independent art house movie theatres, the Eveningstar Cinema and Frontier Café (a groovy café, art gallery, exhibition space, and movie theatre), an independent record store, Bull Moose Records, and a great bakery, Wild Oats Bakery. Last year we went to an Edward Hopper exhibit at Bowdoin Art Museum which attracted international attention.
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Your piece of the Maine Coast - the way life should be!
Bottom L: 120' floating dock. Top ctr: tennis&pool. 270 degrees H2O views.
Wildflower meadow with house & ocean views from tennis court.
Lower Yard walking up from the dock.
Dining Room. Italian oven.
Great Room Sitting Area
Gourmet Kitchen. Viking stove. Granite. 2 dishwashers. 2 ovens.
2nd Floor Master Bath
Carriage house, Queen bed, loft, kitchen, full bath
B/R 3, King Bed, private 3/4 bath, private balcony, stunning water views
B/R 5 Two twins, One daybed, great water view.
3rd floor Multi-use room. Piano, electronic drums, TV, toys, ping-pong, 3/4bath
House From Dock (from the west)
Walker-Warner Architects. House from the south (75 feet from the Ocean).
Stone Patio provides views of both sides of the peninsula.
Great Room Window Seat
Great Room Granite Fireplace. 20' post & beam ceiling.
2nd Floor MBR. Incredible panoramic water views, private deck, granite hearth.
Tree House sleeps 4 (king size bed and 2 daybeds) for those who feel adventurous
1st Floor Master suite, walk in shower, whirlpool tub, Wheel chair accessible.
Bedroom 4. King Bed, private 3/4 bath, water veiw
B/R 6, Two twins, vaulted ceilings, stunning views
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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