A lighthouse keeper’s home on a Penobscot Bay island, a luxury prefab house in the desert near Moab and a Craftsman-style home in Lexington.
What You Get for $2 Million
Isle au Haut, Me. | $1.975 Million
A four-bedroom, two-bathroom house once occupied by a lighthouse keeper, with several outbuildings
Built in 1907, this lighthouse keeper’s residence is on Isle au Haut, an island with a year-round population of about 50 people that is a six-mile ferry ride from Stonington, Me., on the mainland. Previous owners bought the house in 1986 and restored it as an inn. The lighthouse, which has been automated since 1934, is attached to the keeper’s house property by a boardwalk, but is not part of the property. Acadia National Park is near the two-acre lot, and groceries can be obtained year-round from a food co-op about a mile and a half away. Isle au Haut also has a post office, a seasonal gift shop, a food truck that parks at the market in season, a library and a nondenominational church.
Size: 2,500 square feet
Price per square foot: $790
Indoors: The house is solar-powered and has a backup generator. Water comes from the ocean and is treated by reverse osmosis. The main level, which has hardwood floors and six-over-six sash windows, includes a parlor with a wood stove, a dining room with built-in cabinets and a kitchen with a butcher-block island and a pair of ranges.
Three bedrooms and one bathroom are on the second floor; views are of Penobscot Bay, the home’s gardens and the lighthouse, which flashes red from dusk to dawn. An additional bedroom with a sitting area and a private bathroom with a shower take up the third floor. This garret bedroom has windows on two sides, one with a close view of the lighthouse.
Three outbuildings can house guests. The largest, known as the Woodshed and formerly used as the innkeepers’ cottage, has a living room, eat-in kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower. There is also the Oil House, where the lighthouse keeper once stored fuel for the lantern; it has a single bedroom and no bathroom. Matt’s Shack is a one-room sleeping cabin with heat.
Outdoor space: The property, which has about 700 feet of ocean frontage, is on a rocky bluff surrounded by spruce trees, with a boathouse and a private dock. A system of peat bogs and garden beds is used to filter wastewater.
Contact: Jamie O’Keefe, The Knowles Company, 207-299-8732; knowlesco.com
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Moab, Utah | $1.995 Million
A luxury prefab house built in 2007, with three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a swimming pool
Designed as a vacation home by Marmol Radziner, a Los Angeles architecture firm, this one-level structure is being sold with almost 44 desert acres filled with craggy red rock, sagebrush and views of snowy mountain peaks. It is about 15 minutes south of Moab in eastern Utah, an area that has become popular with second-home owners.
Size: 2,500 square feet
Price per square foot: $798
Indoors: The house, which has been featured in Architectural Digest and other publications, was constructed on a rock ledge from prefabricated steel-frame modules. (The wall panels, floor-to-ceiling windows and even appliances were built into the modules before they were trucked to the desert and bolted together.) The house uses geothermal and solar heating, and has a backup generator.
The minimalist interiors have straight lines, tile floors and mostly transparent walls. The open-plan great room and kitchen, with its long island and oak cabinets, is effectively a glass pavilion wrapped on two sides by a covered deck. At one end is a deep, open porch described as an outdoor living room.
Down a tiled hall, in the other direction, past a study with a built-in desk and shelving, is the master suite. It includes a walk-in closet and a bathroom with double sinks set into a wood vanity and a separate tub and shower.
A breezeway running perpendicular to this portion of the building leads to a guest wing with a bedroom and bathroom, and an exercise room that could be converted into a third bedroom.
Outdoor space: The outdoor living room steps down to a recently refurbished lap pool. The master bedroom has a private deck. There is a detached two-car garage. The property is bordered by thousands of acres of state land.
Taxes: $14,664 (estimated)
Contact: Lars Carlson, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, 970-729-0160; sothebysrealty.com
Lexington, Ky. | $1.9499 Million
A Craftsman-style house built in 2003, with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms
Designed by Pohl Rosa Pohl, a local architectural firm, this cedar-and-stone house is set on an elaborately landscaped, gated property of more than seven acres, less than 20 minutes west of downtown Lexington. Surrounded by horse farms and racing stables, it is a mile from the Keeneland racecourse for thoroughbreds and two miles from Blue Grass Airport. The owners recently completed a two-year renovation that involved interior and exterior improvements, and a thorough upgrade of the mechanical systems.
Size: 4,802 square feet
Price per square foot: $406
Indoors: A mahogany-and-glass front door with bronze hardware opens to a foyer with a glass ceiling and polished concrete floor. The combined living-and-dining room has bamboo floors, a maple ceiling with cherry beams and a dry-laid stone fireplace with a limestone hearth.
The renovated kitchen at the end includes cherry and Birdseye maple cabinets and Blue Australe granite countertops. Among the new appliances are a Miele five-burner stovetop, a pair of Thermador wall ovens and a Miele dishwasher hidden behind a cherry panel. A new KitchenAid French-door refrigerator is in the adjoining pantry.
The three bedrooms are on the main floor and include a master with a custom-made platform bed with integrated side tables, a master closet with extensive built-ins and a new en suite bathroom with an oval stand-alone bathtub, a Mr. Steam shower with speakers and aromatherapy, and a Toto toilet with a heated seat and air dryer. Also on this floor are a study with a built-in wood desk with a Corian top, a redecorated powder room and a laundry room.
The basement includes an entertainment area with a kitchenette and room for a pool table, as well as a full bathroom.
Outdoor space: A rear patio with a concrete floor can be reached from the foyer and kitchen, and overlooks a stream. The parklike property was professionally landscaped and has stone benches and outcroppings, as well as a Japanese garden in back. Tree species include (but are hardly limited to) ash, walnut, dogwood, hickory and several varieties of pine, maple and fruit trees. The owners planted more than 12,000 daffodil, iris and grape hyacinth bulbs. The attached two-car garage has room for five vehicles.
Taxes: $7,066 (2019, based on a $640,000 assessment), plus a $150 annual homeowner’s fee
Contact: John Fister or Beth Bell Brown, Rector Hayden Realtors, 859-533-8777; rhr.com
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