After a long and extensive renovation, the Portland, Me. studio and home of famed landscape painter Winslow Homer is reopening this month. Homer spent some 27 years in the modest mansard-style cottage on Prouts Neck, without electricity and central heating and miles from the post office. Tours begin Tuesday, September 25, but for those who aren't content with a simple walk through the restored home, we've picked out five Homer-esque dwellings for sale nearby.
? Buyers can't get much closer to Winslow Homer's former digs than at this turn-of-the-century cottage on Prouts Neck. Even the address reflects Homer's legacy—47 Winslow Homer Road—but the lack of water views may limit the artistic inspiration. Listed for $1.395M, the five-bedroom, three-bath house has pickled wood walls, stone fireplaces, and classic bathrooms with clawfoot tubs.
? For a taste of what the isolated life was like for the painter back in the day, head to Cushing Island, where this three-bedroom cottage sits on the waterfront "an easy sail from downtown Portland." The sparsely populated island is occupied by roughly 45 families each summer, but very few dare to weather a winter on the isle. A highlight, however, is the island's architectural history, with a master plan and landscape design by Frederick Law Olmsted and John Calvin Stevens. The difficult access and small size—the house measures just 1,500 square feet—keep the price down, at $550K.
? For the waves-on-rocks views that so inspired Homer, look no further than this waterfront cottage in York, featured as a House of the Day back in May. The $1.49M asking price has held firm, as it should for six-bedrooms in a classic 1900 home with the view and the covered deck perfect for enjoying it. It might be a bit close to the road, but a relatively deep 0.67-acre site provides privacy.
? This rustic cottage, completed in 1880, has spent more than 130 years on the stretch of rocky coastline just north of York's famous Nubble Lighthouse. For better or for worse, the interiors don't seem to have received much attention in that time, but the broad porches and "commanding" views more than make up for some dated carpeting. Listed for $1.1M, the five bedroom house has an oh-so-rustic 1.5 bathrooms.
? It might be more luxuriously finished than anything Winslow Homer ever inhabited, it might not even be in Maine, but this waterfront manse has glorious views of the southern Maine coast, from just across the New Hampshire border in New Castle, N.H. Originally built in 1660 and expanded since then, the Gambrel-roofed final product has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a dock, but just 0.1 acres and 1,900 square feet of interior space. That's not much considering the $3.5M price tag.
· Historic Houses [Architectural Digest]
· Visit the Winslow Homer house [Portland Museum]
· 47 Winslow Homer Rd [Zillow]
· Island Home [Sotheby's International Realty]
· Shingle Style [Sotheby's International Realty]
· Panoramic Views from Just Above Maine's Rocky Coastline [Curbed National]
· 120 Broadway [Zillow]
· 33 Walbach Street [Zillow]