Natural Beauty: Private Maine Wilderness Retreat Available for $10M – SF Gate

Listed for $10 million, this luxury spread has 483.5 acres to explore. Designed for nearly year-round living, the lakefront property offers 1.5 miles of breathtaking shoreline, including a private cove for swimming. With five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, there’s plenty of room for family and friends.

The 6,683-square-foot main house was built by one of the state’s top architects, with careful attention to detail throughout.

“The current owner bought the land in 2005, and built the property in 2007,” says the listing broker, Elizabeth Banwell of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty.

This was a place for the family to gather, since, as Banwell puts it, “The couple has four children, and they have extended families on both sides.”

Although some Maine residents depart around Labor Day, this retreat remains livable well into autumn.

“It’s a three-season home that has a propane furnace, and all of the bedrooms are heated,” Banwell says. “There are also two large stone fireplaces.”

Even so, the property is at its very best when time can be spent outdoors.

Its outside attractions include a hammock grotto, miles of private trails for hiking, craggy cliffs where you can cool off with a dive into Craig Pond, as well as coves for kayaking and canoeing.

During the home’s construction, the preservation of the property’s natural beauty was a paramount consideration. The owners thoughtfully integrated the home into its natural moss and fern-covered surroundings. The hot tub and grill area is built into the local Lucerne granite.

Aerial view of retreat in Orland, ME



Living room



Outdoor fire pit


About 25 miles south of Bangor, ME, and close to Penobscot Bay, the location is another big plus.

“The topography of the land is really unusual, and it’s just 40 minutes to Acadia National Park,” Banwell says.

This property abounds in natural beauty, with a few modern touches thrown in.

“There’s glacial debris with giant boulders, with ferns growing through them,” the agent adds, noting that in addition to the outdoor kitchen, the hot tub is located “under the boulders.”

From the dramatic geologic formations with two mountains, to the spectacular cliffs and the mature forest canopy, the huge parcel of land is ready for adventures. And yet, although it is secluded, it’s not far from Great Pond Mountain, Northeast Harbor, and Bar Harbor and Bangor airports.

As the listing describes it, “Loons, owls, eagles, osprey, kingfishers, and a full orchestra of songbirds call the thoughtfully managed sanctuary home.”



Dining area


With the abundant acreage, the possibility for multiple potential building sites leaves room to create a true family compound. Right now, a separate cabin is perched at the base of a cliff at the water’s edge where you can relax and unwind.

Who does the agent think will make an offer on this massive offering in Maine?

“Someone who likes a beautiful setting with access to the water,” Banwell says. “There are no restrictions, so if someone was interested in creating a family compound, they could do it here and still preserve the natural beauty.”

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