Mount Desert Island, home to Bar Harbor and the rambling, beautiful Acadia National Park, has been heralded as one of the most beautiful places in New England. Located off of Maine's southeast coast (and described as "Downeast" by the locals), the 108-square-mile island has both beaches and wetlands in addition to mountains—there are 18 on the island—in addition to expansive cliffside summer houses for wealthy seasonal visitors.
The main draw of Mount Desert Island is Acadia, where you'll find biking and hiking trails, beaches, rock-climbing, kayaking, 45 miles of car-free roads, and Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard. Bar Harbor, the island's most popular coastal village, is full of shops, eateries, and ice cream parlors (Mount Desert Island Ice Cream is particularly good), and also hosts whale-watching excursions and other sea-ready activities.
In Northeast Harbor, meanwhile, you can visit Thuya Garden, a flower garden that overlooks the harbor. Northeast Harbor is also home to Asticou Azalea Garden. The area has lots of seafood eateries—Thurston's in Bernard is a particular highlight—in addition to great breakfast spots like Jordan's in Bar Harbor, and more modern restaurants like the Burning Tree in Otter Creek.
And, of course, there's attractive real estate, ranging from multimillion dollar mansions to more affordable beach bungalows, with everything in between. Consider, for instance, the two-bedroom, three-bath house at 71 Parker Farm Rd., now on the market for $895,000. The house, which was built in 1993, sits on six private acres and abuts conservation land, making it an extra private hideaway. It's also got a pretty unique design, as you can see from its glass-walled, beam-filled great room.
There's also an impressive stone and concrete fireplace.
The dining area is tucked into that great room as well, along with a phone booth-like elevator.
It looks like there's a little covered porch off the great room, with a swing and a view.
The listing doesn't provide a lot of photos of the kitchen, but the sleek stainless-steel sink and counter is certainly impressive.
A steep metal staircase leads to the second level.
And there's a spiral staircase as well.
Here's one of the loft-like bedrooms, with wood-paneled walls and a wall of windows.
There's space for a little sitting area, as well.
Here's one of the baths.
The second bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and elevator access.
It's also got an inviting-looking windowseat.
Here's a second bath.
Let's take another look at those beams in the great room.
And here's the house from the outside.
The house is about an eight-hour drive from Manhattan, and four-and-a-half hours from Boston. There are also a number of connecting flights out of New York.
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