This converted boathouse is not, in fact, a hauled-onto-land houseboat, as this editor mistakenly thought at first, but it’s still as whimsical in concept—and practice—as the latter might have been.
Located on the shores of the Fox Island Thoroughfare in the tiny town of North Haven, Maine, the 2,080-square-foot wooden home features two spacious floors and a large deck on a four-acre lot set within a sheltered cove. These qualities make for a charming getaway that calls to mind the secret hideout of the kids of Moonrise Kingdom, or the idylls of a New England summer.
The main floor of the house comprises an open-plan great room featuring exposed beams and woodwork, a wall of windows, generously-sized brick hearth, kitchen, dining and living areas, and a bar made from an old rowboat. A ladder in the middle of the room leads to an attic space underneath the gable roof.
Living quarters are found on the ground floor, which seamlessly opens onto the waterfront surroundings. If you’d like to make this home at 49 Dole Road yours, it’s available for $575,000.