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Location: Seal Harbor, Maine
The Skinny: Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from atop the pink granite cliffs on the south end of Maine's Mt. Desert Island, the evocatively named Ravenscleft has stood watch for more than 100 years. The Shingle-style Victorian was designed by noted Boston architectural firm Peabody and Stearns, a pair perhaps best known today for municipal structures like Boston's Custom House Tower, but who were also prolific residential architects in their day. They designed luxury homes up and down the Eastern seaboard in the late 1800s and early 1900s, including the original Breakers in Rhode Island and George Carnegie's Plum Orchard estate on Cumberland Island, Georgia. Ravenscleft, whose long history allegedly includes playing host to Teddy Roosevelt in 1909, has recently been modernized, with an elevator and generator among the added amenities. The six-bedroom house, which is asking $6.75M, also features formal living and dining rooms, a library, an updated kitchen, and absolutely stunning ocean views.
· 75 Cooksey Drive, Seal Harbor, Maine [Zillow]