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81 White Birch Lane, Deer Isle, ME – Beautiful House has been SOLD!

Enjoy the majestic beauty of an island in Maine! Vacation or live nestled in the woods and be prepared to be inspired. Many artists and writers live on Deer Isle. Kayak, boat, fish, birdwatch, hike, garden. Enjoy nature and get back to life the way it is supposed to be. Cook with the huge gourmet kitchen. Share good times with friends and family.
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SOLD! Large Shorefront 3 bedroom/2 bath Home on 4+ Acres in Maine

Only $389,900! Are you looking for a bright and airy recently built modern contemporary house with an open floor plan? This amazingly well thought out year-round home on enchanted Deer Isle sits on 4+ acres with over 360 feet of shore and offers a commanding view of the cove. There is a 8′ wide wraparound deck which looks out toward the 4.2 acres of virgin spruce, fir, and white birch forest, and 360 feet of shorefront on Conary Cove’s tidal swimming cove – perfect for kayaking, fishing, canoeing, swimming, clamming, birdwatching, and roasting marshmallows at the firepit. Eat famous Maine lobsters and a Maine blueberry pie on your deck and watch the herons, eagles, and other wildlife. Be inspired to paint or sculpt or write. This house provides it all.
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Beautiful White Birch Cottage on Conary Cove – Sold

Remarkable, airy and bright 3 bedroom/2 bath home surrounded by tall trees and wildlife on Conary Cove near Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. From the deck enjoy the view of this lovely Cove and its beautiful surroundings. Live or vacation in luxury for an affordable price!
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Maine is More Than Spruce, Granite and Sea

Maine being a state of contrasts between the soaring conifers and the diminutive Lady Slipper orchid overwhelms visitors. People who are new to the state gravitate toward the largeness – the vast oceans, the daunting pink granite boulders, the never ending forests. Awe inspiring yes but natives know that the tastiest, most poignant treasures are actually the overlooked. Continue reading

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The Recession is the Mother of Reinvention

For the next four years after we built our welcoming home in the Sunshine area of Deer Isle, we rented it out to summer vacationers and to a couple for approximately a year. We visited every opportunity we could. It was well worth the long 10 hour drive from New Jersey as we crossed the humpbacked bridge and felt the stress and nervous tension of our everyday lives melt away. Here we breathed deeper, slept better, awakened early with enthusiasm. This became the place we daydreamed about, the one that sustained us. Continue reading

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Fireworks, Lobster, and Furnishings

It was the summer of 2005 and we were almost ready to open our house on the artists mecca of Deer Isle, an island that had once been the home of such notables as John Steinbeck and Dan Fogelberg. We had decided prior to even building our house that it made economic sense to rent it out from June through September to weekly vacation renters. Continue reading

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Finishing the House in 2005 (We got by with help from family and friends)

Between October 2004 and June 2005 Brian Burgess and his team worked quickly to finish our house. The myriad of decisions that had to be made prior to completion of the exterior paled compared to the daily discussions we had during those following 8 months. Bob and I were delighted to find that we would not need the marriage counseling that Brian had jokingly said he would not provide. We not only agreed on everything but we were able to include important improvements suggested by our sons and friends.
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Ground Breaking News in 2004 – We started groundbreaking

After our visit in August 2003 we didn’t actually see much happening for several months. Preparation is a large component building a house in the middle of a forest. Continue reading

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Visiting the Enchanted Forest

There are many decisions to be made prior to even starting to pour the foundation of a new house. One of the most important is that of placement of the house. Our little cove was on the southeast section on four acres of steeply graded granite ledge and forest. There was no electricity, no telephone poles, no connection to water and sewer lines. We were “off the grid”. Continue reading

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Inspiration for a Dream Home

If 2002 was the year of determining where we would purchase property, 2003 was the year of finalization of that goal and of fantasizing about the house we would build. Marriage like any relationship is a series of compromises. We found to our surprise that we were somewhat at odds when it came to our initial visions. Continue reading

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Ignorance Isn’t Always Bliss/Listening to Our Hearts

Up to now the story of our path of deciding to purchase coastal property on Deer Isle in Maine sounds relatively reasonable if impulsive. However at this point I have to cop to being a city slicker who had absolutely no idea what she was getting into and was certainly not prepared on even the most basic of levels. Continue reading

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Cure for Winter Doldrums – The First Journey to Deer Isle

The winter blues had not quite set in but I was feeling impatient and wanted to visit some of the places we had identified as possibilities. We made an impetuous decision to give ourselves a Christmas present – to take a week of a “just us two” vacation time and travel up to Deer Isle in January 2003. Continue reading

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Synchronicity and Serendipity Lead us to Deer Isle

Encouraged by quotes such as “if you can dream it, you can accomplish it” and “what would you do if you didn’t fear failure”, we decided to start exploring a future of living on the coast. Ok we had the vision but where should we concentrate on manifesting it? How does one determine where to relocate or retire to? The answer is as individual as the person or couple. Having determined our “must have” list, we had to fit it into our plans something mundane but necessary – “what was practical”. Continue reading

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Dreaming a New Life

Like any significant and grand change in our lives be it a career choice, marriage, starting a family, or starting a hobby – it started with a dream. Continue reading

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