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Location: Deer Isle, Maine
The Skinny: Located on the lesser-known Downeast island of Deer Isle, the 54-acre estate known as Avalon may well be the finest example of rustic Maine coastal living we've ever come across. Pity, then, that it costs a hefty $12M. The location, too, could be a problem for some, as Deer Isle lies five hours by car from Boston, the nearest major population center. Known in building circles for its fine granite, which was used to construct landmark structures like the Smithsonian Institution, the US Naval Academy, and the Manhattan Bridge, the island is home to a plethora of artists, no doubt inspired by a combination of the beautiful vistas and the peace and quiet. This waterfront compound, nestled amid old growth confiers, features a shingled main house and two guest houses, totaling almost 12,000 square feet. Ten bedrooms and ten baths provide plenty of space for guests, while a deep-water dock provides instant access to the storied cruising grounds of Penobscot Bay. The modern interiors are clean, bright, and unique, without resorting to senseless opulence, and keep the rustic Maine vibe alive, even at this stratospheric price point.
· Avalon [Sotheby's]