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By Colin W. Sargent

Design: Elliott Elliott Norelius Architecture

Design: Elliott Elliott Norelius Architecture

“One can do worse than be a sweeper of sea stairs.” It’s hardly work when Margaret Smith takes visitors to see 48 Wild Bay Lane on Deer Isle, built in 2010. [See our front cover.] Giants must have arranged the enormous granite stones just-so to seduce visitors in a descent to the sea.


Materially and sensually, the entire inspiration behind this $4.995M estate seems to grow from Stonescape’s staggering resource of natural Deer Isle granite. “The lower part of the house [designed by Elliott and Elliot] is clad in Deer Island granite,” Smith says. Also providing wow factor is “landscape architecture by Bruce John Riddell.”

In a retreat with storybook beauty, you’ve got to have a library. This one’s detailed with outstanding craftsmanship. “The dining room has striking views of islands and endless ocean waves. The outside patio has a custom stone pizza oven, as well as an in-ground stone jacuzzi, all overlooking Penobscot Bay.”

The main house has “three bedrooms, three full baths, and two powder rooms. The interior is finished with extensive wainscoting and custom molding in fir.” Standout features: “a custom-built stone fireplace, an elevator, built-ins, and audio and lighting systems.” The guest house boasts its own fireplace and two more bedrooms.

The ‘someone’ who falls in love with and buys this house “will be standing on the veranda, watching the sunset across the Bay.”

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