Statuesque and elegant, East of Eden is one of the few remaining turn of the century 'Gilded Age' mansions to survive the devastating wild fire of 1947. This totally renovated and updated 15,000 sq. ft. residence was designed by prestigious architect Guy Lowell, and built in 1907 in the Beaux Arts style, with Mediterranean Italian overtones. Architectural details abound throughout, with Ionic columns framing patterned marble, Douglas fir or oak parquet floors, arched ceilings, orate niches and intricate fireplaces throughout the formal living, dining and game rooms. Great attention to detail has been given in preserving the many architectural details, including an original pastel mural depicting the nearby lush scenery. This primary floor was designed for entertaining on both a lavish or intimate scale, with a huge expansive brick deck and covered porch overlooking the many islands of scenic Frenchman Bay.
There are seven primary en suite bedrooms, all with fireplaces, and attractive water or scenic views. The central wide hall and landing are decorated in a hand painted Chinese wallpaper, depicting a serene woodland setting of butterflies and birds in a colorful garden.
The third floor offers eleven smaller bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large, walk-in linen closet, and several storage rooms. A two-person passenger elevator services all three residential floors, as well as the basement.
A neighboring parcel known as Buonriposo, was recently added, bringing the total acreage to 9 acres, and waterfront to 1,100’. The scenic lawns and water elements also overlook Frenchman Bay, with its many conserved glacial islands and mountains. A decorative fountain and natural pond present calming, peaceful, intimate sitting areas on the grounds that enhance the overall setting.
While East of Eden has been fully modernized, its' architectural heritage was carefully preserved. Additional amenities at this prestigious estate include an eight car garage, maintenance building, deep water dock and full property generator. The residence is located in a quiet section of Bar Harbor adjacent to Acadia National Park, and offers a fabulous residence for a large family to enjoy it's private and beautiful surroundings.
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