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  • Faraway Estate
  • Greening Island, Maine
  • Developed
  • Freehold
  • Peninsula
  • $ 5,950,000
  • 4.40 Acres

Faraway Estate

Step ashore to the enchantment of Faraway, an elegant summer estate on Greening Island. This unique family compound on 4.4+/- acres overlooks the Great Harbor of Mount Desert from Eastern Point, and surrounds you with breathtaking views of Acadia’s mountains, the Outer Islands and open Ocean. The magnificent, fully restored Arts & Crafts Main Cottage offers 7 light-filled bedrooms, spacious living areas and all updated systems and mo ...

Step ashore to the enchantment of Faraway, an elegant summer estate on Greening Island. This unique family compound on 4.4+/- acres overlooks the Great Harbor of Mount Desert from Eastern Point, and surrounds you with breathtaking views of Acadia’s mountains, the Outer Islands and open Ocean. The magnificent, fully restored Arts & Crafts Main Cottage offers 7 light-filled bedrooms, spacious living areas and all updated systems and modern amenities. A variety of open terraces and glass-enclosed porches make for luxurious relaxing and easy entertaining in this gracious, serene island setting.

Just minutes by boat from Southwest, Northeast and Seal Harbors, Faraway commands the eastern promontory of Greening Island, with 1,500+/- feet of private shorefront. Along with the immaculate Main Cottage, the estate also boasts a 2-bedroom Guest Cabin, storage sheds, a wonderful tree house for kids, and deepwater moorings just off the 130-foot pier. Encircled by mature trees to provide privacy, but with lovely views all around to the North, East and South, the property is an exceptional summer retreat. Faraway is perfect for a family seeking a balance of restful island solitude and relaxed entertaining, as well as easy access by water to the vibrant summer communities of MDI.

The original Faraway was built in 1901 in classic Arts & Crafts style and exquisite woodwork and craftsmanship is evident throughout the 7,100 square foot structure. Beginning in 2003 the cottage was thoroughly and meticulously renewed, with all systems updated while carefully protecting the character of the house. Wood flooring and extensive cypress paneling have been preserved, the exposed-beam ceilings restored, bathrooms, kitchen and pantry all modernized while retaining their original, timeless feel.

There are stone fireplaces featuring native pink and local granite throughout the house, including many of the bedrooms, and window seats in many of the bays of high, wide windows. The Kitchen includes high-end, built-in appliances and fixtures, a 5-burner, 2-oven Lacanche cook stove and a classic Butler’s Pantry. There is a graceful flow through the first floor rooms, with many visual connections to the outdoors along with cozy fireside areas for evening comfort.

On the second floor is a large Master Suite with fireplace. This airy en-suite Master features a sunny, high-ceiling sitting area in a bay at the eastern end of the house with superb views all around. Six additional bedrooms also offer exceptional views; the bathrooms all have updated fixtures and a variety of architectural touches.

On the southern side of the house are spacious glass-enclosed porches connecting to the lawn areas and opening to the water views. The old-fashioned tree swing invites lazy days watching all of the boating activity in the Great Harbor and the Western Way. On the north side of the house facing MDI are open terrace areas with stone sitting walls; here is the unique tree house that delights children of all ages. Nestled in the western end of the property is the charming 2-bedroom guest cabin, and the two sheds nearby house utility and boating gear.

The American flag waving from the top of Faraway’s towering flagpole has been a beacon for MDI’s sailors and yachtsmen for well over a century. Faraway has stood the test of time, and now, fully renovated and updated, this distinctive island property is ready to serve another generation as an iconic summer retreat.

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