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Mount Desert Island Preps for Summer with Five Fresh Listings

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Maine's Mount Desert Island, for centuries a draw for wealthy vacationers who use "summer" as a verb, is ready to take on the summer season with a healthy crop of new listings. The late dean of Downeast architecture, Fred Savage, designed this striking shingle-style house in 1895. Now, 118 years later, the Gambrel-roofed structure is back on the market, asking $1.75M. Known as Ledgelawn, the 2,350-square-foot, six-bedroom home has modest interiors, but a prime waterfront lot in the tony community of Northeast Harbor.


? Set on an extremely private, 36-acre property, Whalesback enjoys sweeping views of Somes Sound from a series of terraced decks and a long lap pool, but lacks some of the historic charm and waterfront appeal of its older competition. The $6M asking price doesn't help, but with a three-bedroom guest house and the ability to subdivide, some privacy-seeking rich folks may find this is just the place.


? If Whalesback was possibly too far from the water, the rustic cottages at Connor Point might be a bit too close for comfort. Cantilevered over the rocky shoreline, the 2,400-square-foot cottage hasn't changed much since its 1920s construction. Uninsulated wood frame houses may seem unlikely candidates for a $2.55M price tag, but three acres of prime waterfront are hard to come by in these parts.


? Perhaps the perfect hybrid of rustic Maine and dignified summer living, this Southwest Harbor property, called Captain's Landing, was built in 1890. Now sited on a 10-acre waterfront estate, the original cape house has been expanded to include a "dormitory wing" and three-car garage, while a small boat house and substantial deep-water dock provide plenty of aquatic diversions. The sub-dividable property is currently listed for nearly $4M.


? Located not on Mount Desert Island, but on neighboring Little Cranberry Island, this quintessential Maine cottage was constructed in 1903 and, thanks to its remote location, has seen, for better or worse, little in the way of upgrades since. Perfect for a (rich) family looking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life, this austere cabin and the surrounding eight-acre property are asking $3.9M.

· Ledgelawn [Knowles]
· 561 Sound Dr [Zillow]
· 23 Connor Point Lane [Sotheby's International Realty]
· 28 Fernald Point Rd [Sotheby's International Realty]
· Maypole [Knowles]