Located at the picturesque New England coastline of Maine, one of the last Gilded Age mansions is now on the market. East of Eden mansion, a part of Bar Harbor where the rich and famous spend their summer retreats, is now for sale priced at $15.5 million.
East Eden was designed by Guy Lowell and was built in 1909. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The mansion is measured at 15,000 square feet with 2.5 stories, nine private acres of waterfront lot, fourteen-foot ceilings, eight bedrooms, twelve bathrooms, a large marble foyer, fireplaces finished in marble and wood, ceilings with decorative friezes and medallions, hand-painted wall murals and a large eight-bay garage to accommodate a small car collection.
The listing agent of East Eden mansion is Susan Ferrante-Collier of The Knowles Company in Northeast Harbor, Maine.
This is a farther look at the property featuring the eight-bay garage across the driveway from the main home. The garage doors glow warmly as well from the wall-mounted lamps. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This night time view of the house shows that it glows warmly with the yellow lights coming from the interiors. You can also see here the towering chimneys above and the lush green lawn before the mansion. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is a closer look at the main entry of the house with arched entryways, dormer windows above and intricate details on the exterior walls that augment the house’s beauty. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
The marble floor of the foyer has a beige and white checkered design that fits quite well with the groin-arched ceiling and arched entryways lining the sides. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
The wide space of the marble foyer is maximized with small yet elegant decors placed on the sides with console tables, jars and potted plants. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This view of the foyer showcases more of the pillars lining the sides to support the arched entryways and groin-arched ceiling. The hallway also goes further to a back exit. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
From the foyer, is this living room that has gorgeous built-in bookshelves and a large arched wall adorned with a colorful and elegant painted mural. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This living room has four comfortable red cushioned arm chairs that matches well with the patterned area rug of the hardwood flooring. These are then warmed by the large fireplace that has a white mantle. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This living room has a warm and homey feel to its large fireplace with white mantle topped by a colorful painting. Across from this is a couple of cushioned arm chairs that stand out on the large colorful patterned area rug over the hardwood flooring. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This dine-in kitchen has a charming wooden table in the middle of the hardwood flooring to also serve as a kitchen island surrounded by wooden slat-back chairs. This matches with the surrounding beige cabinetry that houses the stainless steel appliances. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is the pantry of the kitchen fitted with charming wooden cabinetry on ts walls and glass-covered cupboards above. These are paired with a small table in the middle serving as an island. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
The large wooden dining table and wooden dining chairs of this formal dining area stands out against the colorful patterned area rug of the hardwood flooring. The dining area is also adorned with tall arched windows and a large artwork. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
At the foot of this bedroom is a dark wooden dresser flanked by tall glass doors that lead to a balcony outside. These also bring in natural lighting for the reading areas on the side. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
Beside the bed is a charming fireplace with a white matle to complement the beige walls that are also augmented by surrounding wall-mounted lamps. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
The easr-side porch of the house has a large covered area with terracotta flooring that complements the outdoor dining area on the far end that has a dark tone. These are are all augmented by tall white columns and a tall ceiling with a sky blue hue. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is a closer look at the outdoor dining area that has a glass-top dining table. On the other side of the large room is a comfortable sitting area with yellow cushioned furniture. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This view of the house gives us a closer look at its elegant beige exterior walls that are complemented by the surrounding terracotta walkways and green landscaping that has lawns of green grass and tall trees. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This aerial view of the house showcases its close proximity to the water’s edge along with a private dock that cab anchor a large yacht. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
One of Maine’s last Gilded Age mansions, or “summer cottages” as the wealthy called them, is for sale. With its picturesque New England coastline, it wasn’t too many years after the British settled the area in the late 1700s that the super rich decided Bar Harbor, originally known as Eden, would be perfect for their summer retreats.
It was the summer stomping ground of the elites – John D. Rockefeller, Jr., J. P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, the Astor family, and President William Taft who enjoyed his golf there. Nelson Rockefeller was born in Bar Harbor and kept a home in nearby Seal Harbor for many years. Today, the resort town’s summer season is filled with film and television celebrities, writers, artists, and ordinary people enjoying the scenery, lobster rolls, water sports and laid-back atmosphere.
Almost like stepping back in time, East of Eden, formerly Eegonos (the name of the first home on the site spelled backwards – Sonogee), is now on the market on Bar Harbor’s Frenchman Bay. Designed by Guy Lowell, a blend of Beaux Arts and Mediterranean Revival style, the 15,000-square-foot manse construction was completed in 1909.
It was one of the few Gilded Age mansions in Bar Harbor that survived a fire in 1947 that destroyed most of the town. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
The 2.5 story house is positioned on nine private acres of waterfront with a deep-water dock to tie up a yacht or to enjoy the sunset. There is plenty of room for guests and extended family with fourteen-foot ceilings, eight bedrooms and twelve baths.
Old world features include a large marble foyer, columned separations between major public rooms, fireplaces finished in marble and wood, ceilings with decorative friezes and medallions, and hand-painted wall murals. In addition to the detailed restoration, all mechanical systems have been updated plus an eight-bay garage to accommodate owners and stay-over guests.
It is a quick drive to Arcadia National Park and Bar Harbor’s restaurants and shops.
One of Maine’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, East of Eden is priced at $15.5 million. The listing agent is Susan Ferrante-Collier of The Knowles Company, Northeast Harbor, Maine.