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Location: Brooklin, Maine
The Skinny: Three years after Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius formed his American firm The Architect's Collaborative in 1945, he designed this handsome, low-slung residence on the far southern tip of Maine's Naskeag Point. While it's a far cry from the radical modernism of the architect's more famous designs, it does hew closely to the Bauhaus ideals of simplicity and efficiency. The long, narrow floor plan and large windows allow light to fill the home, while the butterfly roof creates high indoor ceilings and allows for taller windows on the seaward side of the house. The parallel siting of the house with the shore maximizes the views of Naskeag Harbor and a pair of private islands across the narrow strait, and the living room opens out onto a partially covered deck that juts out towards the water. For getting out onto the water instead of just gazing at it, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home also comes with access to a common dock. The house, which has been on and off the market since August 2012, is asking $2.2M.