Friday Feature: Whitney Farm in Mount Desert, Maine

53 Whitney FarmFrom the beautiful stables to the rolling fields to the spacious living areas and soaring granite fireplace in the main residence’s Great Room, Whitney Farm has it all. Built in 1999, this exceptional estate on 37+/- private acres serves both those seeking the pastoral delight of central Mount Desert Island and equestrians looking for the perfect, up-to-date horse farm.

Reached by a winding, wooded driveway, the main residence features an open floor plan, with Kitchen, Dining area and Great Room flooded with natural light and views out across the fields and woods. Honduran mahogany floors, huge windows, cathedral ceilings and a unique, custom-made granite fireplace create a magnificent Great Room. The contemporary kitchen features numerous well-designed conveniences, high-end appliances, including a sub-Zero refrigerator, lovely granite counter space and island eating area. Granite terraces, screened-in sun porch, cutting garden with raised beds and the extensive lawn are all easily accessible. In one wing is the Master Suite, with his-and-hers walk-in closet dressing rooms, airy Master Bath with steam shower and Jacuzzi tub, and private access to side terrace, outdoor hot tub, and the separate Sauna cabin. The other wing features a cozy den and adjoining office area. The second floor, with a long open hallway overlooking the Great room, offers 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths at one end of the house, and a versatile pool, exercise, entertainment room at the other. This room, with a wet bar area and its own full bath can fit any lifestyle – and can easily become an extra guest suite. The 3-car garage is attached, and radiant heat, central vacuum, built-in sound system, large pantry, laundry room, and many more extras make for convenient, comfortable year-round living.

The spacious timber-peg barn offers 4 horse stalls, tack room, extra storage areas, large hayloft and a radiant-heat floor padded to protect horses’ hoofs. The building is connected to the garage, making for easy year-round access. Paddocks, riding area and fenced-in pasture are all well maintained; the property includes a separate 3-bay garage for equipment storage.

Whitney Farm abuts a wildlife sanctuary that partly surrounds nearby Somes Pond, and a conservation easement is in place to protect the area while allowing for some potential residential expansion. This is truly a rare find on Mount Desert Island: a true gentleman’s farm in a bucolic setting, and a spacious, airy main residence with all the modern amenities one could wish for.

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About the Area

Somesville was the first village settled on Mount Desert Island in 1761 and is now a National Historic District. Walking or driving through the village is like stepping back in time, with sights of beautifully preserved examples of early New England architecture and a charming millpond. The year round population of about 800 residents enjoy close proximity to Acadia National Park, Echo Lake, Long Pond, and a public boat landing on Somes Sound. A wonderful community, Somesville is an ideal traditional New England community.

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