If you’d like to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and retreat to a secluded architectural marvel, we’ve found just the ticket in Maine.
Built in 1997, on 2.8 secluded acres, the 3,998-square-foot home is on the market for $1,795,000.
Its highlights include a detached artist studio with a half-bathroom, 1,054 square feet of exterior living space, and a location without parallel.
“It’s almost like being in a private glass treehouse,” says the listing broker, Nicole Mueller of Benchmark Real Estate.
The lakefront property is the recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ National Honor Award of Excellence and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Residential Design Honor Award.
The architects took their cues from the beauty of the natural surroundings and all that Maine’s wilderness has to offer.
“It’s very contemporary and very private,” says Mueller, adding that the owner wanted to come to Maine to have her own space, and that she paints in a separate detached 800-square-foot art studio.
From the views of Horseshoe Pond to the backdrop of beautiful White Mountain National Forest, the sleek residence offers a number of fireplaces to cozy up to.
“The house is ideal for someone who is looking to relax and unwind,” says Mueller. “There is a small pond that is designed for paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks—just no powerful speedboats.”
With a wide choice of walking trails, the outdoor area is also ideal for meditation and yoga.
The split-level design has glass walls throughout, as well as a chic, stainless-steel kitchen. Screened-in porches, natural stone terraces, and radiant flooring were all designed to keep an owner at one with nature.
Open and airy, the steel-and-wood frame house features soaring ceilings, numerous built-ins, and skylights throughout. Modern amenities were taken into consideration, and the home also offers multiheating zones, a backup generator, and even an outdoor dog run.
“The house is very unique,” Mueller adds. “Every room has a door to the outside. Each of the bedrooms has outdoor space, and the living room and drafting room also have outdoor space. Each outdoor space is pretty private and not connected. You really have to see the space to get a feel for what it offers.”
As for why the owner is ready to leave behind this marvelous home, the agent tells us that she’s ready for something new.
“The current owner is looking for the next build,” she says. “Something smaller, with less stairs—but she will stay in the same area.”
Mueller says she feels the likely buyer for this modern delight near the New Hampshire border is someone who loves architecture.
“Someone from out of state, maybe from California or Florida, who will use the property as a seasonal home,” she says. “I see someone buying it as a getaway from a big city. It’s a great escape, yet just 30 minutes from North Conway.”
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