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Lake house with untouched conversation pit asks $799K

A 1967 original

Photos courtesy of Katherine Sfeir for Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

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Location: Camden, Maine

Price: $799,000

It may seem odd to remember, but decades before we plastered flat screen TVs onto our walls in front of giant sectionals, the coolest seating in a house was a conversation pit. These shallow divots in the floor could be square or circular, but they were often filled with the trappings of 1960s and 1970s style—plush cushions, shag rugs, cocktail glasses, and ashtrays.

The conversation pit may be making a comeback (you can read about that, here), but it’s still fun to see the seating areas in their original state. That’s the case for this three-bedroom, two-bath house in Camden, Maine. Located on Megunticook Lake in a forested area with two docks, the 1,640-square-foot house boasts a unique octagonal shape. Inside, the 1967 design looks untouched, with wood-paneled walls and an open floor plan.

Of course, the lakefront home’s signature feature is without a doubt the octagonal conversation pit in the center of the living room, complete with sofas, two side table/storage areas, and a stone wood-burning fireplace. Looking towards the lake, large windows have views onto a pleasant deck, where you can sit and contemplate the quiet cove in front.

The home’s other amenities are standard for a 1960s house; it’s likely that new owners would want to update the compact kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms. But if you’re looking for an untouched conversation pit—in a lakefront location, to boot—55 Codman Island Road is on the market for $799,000.