Oceanfront. Elegant. Welcoming
SUMMARY: - incomparable ratings 700 families coming to Oceansedge during the last 35 years offered an unbroken string of 5-star ratings. Perhaps the only such unbroken string of perfect ratings in all of Homeaway’s innumerable listings. (The perfect ratings reach back to when Homeaway first began soliciting “reviews” decades ago.) - reasons for the ratings Those same guests expressed 8 reasons why they considered the Oceansedge property to be the best vacation rental property of its kind on the Maine Coast: (1) the Property (2) the Home (3) the Location (4) the Ocean Views (5) the Grounds (6) the Ocean Frontage (7) Acadia National Park (8) Reputation _______________________________________________ 1) the PROPERTY a) Primary characteristics Oceansedge is: - An oceanfront property located on a private road, - on a private peninsula, - in an historic neighborhood, - on the SAFE and accessible shoreline of Hulls Cove, - with panoramic views of the ocean reaches and mountain ranges of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. b) International standing Discriminating guests - persons of world renown professional distinction. - some household names in this country and abroad. Institutions represented: - Harvard Medical School - Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs - Facebook - Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Barclays - others from the UK, Canada, Australia, Israel, France, Germany, the Bahamas. c) Services A staff of 6 people provide or arrange: - catering of lobster dinners - ad hoc housekeeping - equipment leasing (bicycles, kayaks) - cosmetology - family-portrait photography - guide service for hunting and fishing - transportation to and from airports. d) Wildlife A chief joy for our guests has been the opportunity to observe approachable wildlife at the set-apart and private Oceansedge property, even though the property is located in Bar Harbor itself. - families of white tailed deer and their fawns, - pet red squirrels and chipmunks - mallard ducks and ducklings in the property’s ponds and streams - foxes, raccoons, woodchucks - innumerable birds [eagles, owls, woodpeckers, songbirds, red tailed hawks, some unusual arctic birds]). 2) the HOME a) House – - Elegant and meticulously appointed, but sunny and welcoming as well - Joyous: suffused with sunlight and seabreezes through 6 ocean-facing french doors, both levels of house - Eclectic: as much an intellectual adventure as a place to stay - Welcoming: as much a home as a house - With wry panache: formal but Maineishly unpretentious b) Contents Appointments: - antiques - art collections - 4 libraries - military artifacts - taxidermied Maine forest animals: a fisher, coyote, lynx, bear, deer, fox, a porcupine Art: - 200-year old English lithographic hunting and coaching prints - numerous maritime prints - John Stobart - depictions of New England landscapes and seascapes - Stow Wengenroth - vintage WW II prints - Alberto Varga - illustrations - N C Wyeth and Howard Pyle - antiquarian battle maps - various original oil paintings by Maine artists (Illustrated 9-page “Property Description” available). c) Decor - Traditional decor, including: - oriental rugs - cherry and mahogany furnishings - hardwood floors - brass and crystal lighting - historic Astor wall sconces from Newport, RI d) Bedrooms – - 4 bedrooms - sleeps 10 or more - 2nd-story bedrooms have French doors & walk-out decks overlooking ocean e) Bathrooms – - 4 ½ baths - ensuite for each bedroom - fixtures in bright brass - safety grab bars f) Kitchen - Large, with eat-in kitchen - Abundantly equipped - Bright and airy: vaulted ceiling with 3 skylights, 2 ocean-facing picture windows, french door - ocean-facing kitchen deck and dining. (Equipment: several collections of china, glassware, and silverware; every conceivable cooking device, appliance, and tool; Calphalon cookware and lobster cookware). g) Libraries - - 4 libraries: a formal library plus library collections in three additional rooms - one of the largest of private libraries above Boston - extensive antiquarian collections h) Eating areas 5 eating areas, all with ocean views, seats 42 overall: - formal dining room with french door (seats 8 plus additional seating for 4) - kitchen also with french door (seats 8) - deck off kitchen (seats 4) - brick patio off living room and dining room (4 tables - seats 14) - deck at the beach (seats 4). i) Audio/visual – - ultra fast wireless internet connection - 7 Spectrum TV connections and DVRs: all 4 bedrooms,the kitchen, living room, and the library. 4G TVs 3) the LOCATION a) Neighborhood Bar Harbor’s most prestigious neighborhood: - quiet, private, distinguished enclave - private and posted neighborhood association road, exclusive to owners and guests - a dozen or more oceanfront homes of obvious distinction. A 100-acre private peninsula: - shoreline of Hulls Cove - overlooking Frenchmans Bay and its islands, and the North Atlantic beyond Historic: - Hulls Cove was the original 19th century epicenter of the town [then called Eden], and the location of several Gilded Age mansions along with a pier still located near the subject property. - The pier received from tenders the owners of the world’s greatest yachts and the admirals of the American Great White Fleet. b) private, secure formal entrance - A gate-able formal entrance - A stone wall 125' in length - Stone pillars and antique gaslight lanterns ,14' in height - An also-posted 1,000' driveway to the house at the edge of the ocean c) absence of noise, traffic, and crowds The set-apart aspect of the subject property, which is highly unusual relative to most rental properties in Bar Harbor and on the Island, ensures quiet, privacy, solitude, personal safety d) Proximity to: - 1 mile from Reception Center for 30,000-acre Acadia National Park - less than 1 mile to: beach, Bar Harbor’s most popular restaurant, country store 4) the VIEWS a) South-facing views – - sunrise and moonrise views over the North Atlantic beyond - Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain range - the stepping stone Porcupine Islands - active Bar Harbor waterfront - mansion-studded shoreline - Bar Harbor Yacht Club’s sailing fleet - working lobster boats 5) the GROUNDS a) entrance: - Gateable entrance - Native pink granite stone walls 125' in length, stone pillars 14' in height - continuously illuminated brass and antique iron lanterns - fern and flower gardens b) Procession: - 1,000' driveway - parade of Colorado blue spruces - orchard of fruit and pink willow trees - chain of 4 ponds visited by ducks/ducklings and deer c) Frontyard: - a murmuring brook - rock gardens, incl raspberry grove - rare ostrich ferns - towering pink rhododendrons - crushed pink granite stone from Rockefeller estate - beachstone walls d) Conclusion, backyard: - ocean vistas - privacy-ensuring 1/4 mile distance from the entrance - a south-facing and verdant oceanfront broadlawn - brick patios and decks 125' in length, seating dozens - double-tier rock gardens 175' in length: rose, flower, fern - orchard (apples, cherry) - shoreline fruit gardens (blueberries, strawberries), lupine and aromatic pink wild roses - Granite steps to an illuminated at-the-beach deck 6) OCEAN FRONTAGE a) Ocean frontage – Actual on-the-ocean shore frontage b) waterfront access – Easy access from the property’s backyard: - pink granite steps,to at-the-beach deck - on toward the beach and the flat-water cove - private c) SAFETY - no cliffs Access to the oceanfrontage is SAFE: - No visually seductive but death-beckoning cliffs - No invisible but lethal rip tides in roiling waves - No unsurviveable undertow in frigid currents. d) Kayaking Oceansedge is arguably the most ideal location for ocean kayaking on Mount Desert Island. - Easy access to safe water - No freak downdrafts from cliffs - No rogue waves - No unscalable cliffs in an emergency “Anytime" kayaking: - from the beach below the lawn - over Hulls Cove toward Bar Harbor Yacht Club - past Gilded Age shorefront homes and intervening hotels and restaurants - to the Town’s marina and - the islands beyond e) deck at beach - Dining table and deck furniture under apple tree shade - Passing and basking seals and seal pups, plus rare ducks, crying loons - Views of Bar Harbor’s boat basin: working lobster boats by day, cruise ships alight at night. f) lighting Optional floodlighting such that watching the ocean waves can be as much enjoyed at night as during the days. White floodlights, or in blue and green. g) unobstructed views and privacy Although a public-way Shore Path in Bar Harbor divides most shorefront homes from the shoreline, the Shore Path does not exist, at all, in the Hulls Cove neighborhood. No coming and going of walkers and gawkers compromise our guests’ ocean views, nor their privacy. h) Ambiance The subject home faces directly south toward the oncoming sea breezes: the sight and sound and smell of the moving ocean. 7) ACADIA NATIONAL PARK a) proximity - Located within 1 mile (walking/bicycling distance) of the official Reception Center for Acadia National Park - Few significant rental properties can claim the same proximity. b) things to do – - 50 miles of “carriage roads” connecting several shoreline villages and towns on Mountain Desert Island. - car-less bicycling plus: jogging, mountain climbing, hiking, fishing, swimming, musing - 30,000 acres: lakes, ponds, mountain and ocean vistas c) fame - - among the most beautiful places in North America - encouraged by Teddy Roosevelt, organized by Harvard visionaries, largely capitalized by the Rockefellers. (8) REPUTATION OF OCEANSEDGE. - Owned for over 40 years. - possibly the longest-standing vacation rental in Bar Harbor “There is literally nothing on the Coast of Maine that offers everything you have.” Andrew P, NYC, NY; July 5, 2019.