Some of you might remember that my friend Grant Gibson spends time in Maine every summer. I asked him today if he still planned to go since they have a two week quarantine for anyone coming into the state. I have read they might change this since most of the businesses in the state depend on the summer tourist season. It’s hard for anyone to make plans until it’s decided too. I had hoped to visit Maine myself this summer but that’s definitely not going to happen.
It would be easier to quarantine for two weeks in Maine if you owned a house. If you are looking for one, I highly recommend the Sears Cottage in Islesboro that is currently for sale. While not inexpensive, it is half as much as a townhouse on my street that I just saw for sale and this gives you room for your family plenty of room to spread out and isolate from the Coronavirus.
“Prominently sited on 21± acres with 1,110± feet of varied shorefront on Gilkey Harbor and stunning views to the west, the Sears Cottage is one of the grand historic Islesboro estates constructed at the turn of the 20th century. The estate also includes several additional buildings: a guest cottage with four-car garage, a carriage house / stable, a billiard house, a reading room, and a substantial deep-water dock with floats. The residence is characteristic of the Renaissance Revival Style with its stucco facade and long, rectangular two-story building with hip roof and sun porch to the south end, and ell to the north. The grounds are those of a classic Maine summer estate: artfully landscaped with lawns, flowering shrubs, specimen trees, and both formal and informal gardens interspersed with natural Maine woods. The home was commissioned in 1907 by Richard D. Sears of Boston, a member of a prominent Boston family who later earned a name for himself playing lawn tennis, even being the first American finalist at Wimbledon in the 1880s. The current stewardship was responsible for the thoughtful restoration of the classic period character which meet the demands of a modern vacation residence with ease and grace.”
I love all the original details that remain like the butler’s pantry, trellis lined sunroom, and wood paneling. I’d even negotiate buying most of the furniture to make it a turn key property. It looks like the perfect place to quarantine for the summer.
Photos via Christie’s Real Estate.