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Location: Searsport, Maine
This well-preserved Italianate mansion was commissioned in 1865 by Captain John P. Nichols, one of Searsport’s most successful sea captions. With an ornate cupola topping a hip roof and other elegant woodwork throughout, the historic home retains much of its original charm, which is perhaps why it works so well in its current iteration as a bed-and-breakfast.
Comprising 12 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, multiple common areas, fireplaces, and all-purpose zones arranged over a whopping 10,254-square-foot floorplan, the white-clad residence still manages to feel homey, welcoming, and intimate. A full-service restaurant is also attached to the premises, in addition to an ample, sun-filled breakfast room.
It is sited on about an acre-and-a-half-sized lot, at 121 East Main Street, with waterfront access just a short walk away. The property is listed for $829,000.