Historic House Listings

Island Time! Former summer retreat of Pulitzer Prize writer! 28 acres in Maine. $3,750,000

August 20, 2019

What a treasure this is! This was built in 1940. It is 28 acres on Mt. Desert Island in Tremont, Maine. This was home to Pulitzer Prize Winner, Walter Lippman. He was an American writer, journalist and reporter. He was one of the first to coin the concept of the Cold War. And he is known for creating the term, “stereotype”. He had a newspaper column and wrote several books. This was his summer retreat. Situated just a short drive to Acadia National Park. The island has a main house, four guest cottages and a boathouse. Eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 2,964 square feet. $3,995,000 New price: $3,750,000

From the Zillow listing:


With 28+ acres of mature mixed-wood Maine forestland gently sloping to over 2500′ beach frontage along the ocean at the end of a point on exclusive Mt. Desert Island, very few properties in the state can offer this level of privacy and inspiring views, south and west from all points on the property. Former summer retreat for Pulitzer Prize writer Walter Lippmann and family and a short drive to highly acclaimed Acadia National Park’s wonders – this family enclave has 5+ grandfathered structures, there being a main house, 4 separate cabins, and a boathouse. Choose between individually updating these buildings to maintain their wonderful Maine charm and coveted proximity to the water. Or think more grandly about working with Maine shoreland zoning regulations to transform this seasonal property into something year-round and more substantial. The views, the privacy, the breadth of shore frontage will support the kind of capital improvements you have in mind. Irreplaceable in a word


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