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Location: Camden, Me.
Price: $4,950,000
The Skinny: Originally built in 1903 as Borden Cottage, this Maine mansion has since been expanded to 16,000 square feet, with three guest houses and a total of ten bedrooms. Situated on the peak of Fox Hill, surrounded by 13 gorgeously landscaped acres, the overgrown cottage enjoys unobstructed panoramas of Penobscot Bay from the many banks of windows and broad patios, complete with columns and trellis. But not all of the excitement at Borden Cottage comes from the breathtaking views. The suite of amenities includes the usual swimming pool and media room, but also an entire structure called the "game building," which is home to an arcade, billiards table, and, best of all, a four-lane bowling alley lined with polished wood and surrounded by playful porthole windows. The funhouse also has a replica of a 50s ice cream parlor, complete with 15 stools and green glass light shades. Next door is a 75-car parking garage, which, like the rest of the absurd amenities, was built by credit card issuer MBNA when the company operated this estate as a corporate retreat. The combination of traditional Maine cottage and modern esoteric amenities doesn't come cheap, but listed for a little less than $5M, its actually less expensive than one might expect from a trophy waterview estate.
· 235 Bayview St [Zillow]