It’s hard to believe this home was conceived as an accessory building, but it was. In 1890, a few years after the well-to-do inventor Joseph Stearns completed his family home, the magnificent Norumbega Castle on Penobscot Bay in Camden, Maine, he decided a carriage house was in order. Thus, this historic structure—now a 5,656-square-foot, five-bedroom residence on just under two acres—came to be.
Part of the home's exterior. Photos courtesy of LandVest
The view of the bay from the tower.
The three-story stone, Victorian-inspired house (with unmistakable Shingle-style notes) includes a finished lower level—plus a tower with harbor views. Long on charm and architectural details, the house nonetheless had age issues a few years back, so its current owners brought the interior—including all the mechanical systems—up to date in 2010. The main level features an open floor plan with vaulted ceiling and a living space defined by two imposing stone fireplaces.
Framed by a Plexiglas wall, a second-floor mezzanine overlooks the dramatic great room below.
A turn-of-the-last-century blast from the past, the airy kitchen has custom wall and floor tiles, handcrafted fir cabinets and twin antique gas ranges.
Add a spacious master suite and three more second-floor bedrooms to the lower level guest room, office, media room and a charming dining area … and you have a spacious, one-of-a-kind home on the Maine coast.