You Can Own a Gilded Age Mansion by the Sea—For a Good Cause!
The stunning 13,000-square-foot home has a storied history—with ties to a Founding Father—and 400-plus feet of ocean frontage.
Calling all history buffs and architecture aficionados: If you’ve ever dreamt of owning a vintage Georgian Revival masterpiece of a summer home, we’ve found your perfect match.
La Rochelle, a brick-clad Bar Harbor, Maine, mansion built in 1902, just hit the market for $6,295,000.
The estate was first commissioned as a summer home for George Sullivan Bowdoin, great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton and a partner at J.P. Morgan. As the first Bar Harbor mansion constructed of brick, La Rochelle was a trendsetter of its time, earning a feature story in a 1905 edition of House & Garden magazine, as well as a slew of followers across New England (the Connecticut Governors Mansion is a near-replica).
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Standing at a stately 13,392 square feet with nine bedrooms, the home is rife with early 20th century opulence, from the winding staircase in the entry hall to the view-framing French doors flanked by twin columns.
Three sweeping acres of manicured gardens surround La Rochelle with serene views of the piercing blue Frenchman Bay that, according to House & Garden, “in color and outlook is so often likened to the Riviera.”
While there’s no question that staying here for summers (or all year long) will feel pretty sweet, shelling out the $6 million will surprisingly feel even sweeter. Currently owned by the Maine Seacoast Mission and used as headquarters for the non-profit, the sale of La Rochelle will be used as a fundraiser of sorts for the organization, with all proceeds from the property going toward programs that provide medical and dental care to underserved Maine communities, among other charitable endeavors.
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