11+ Birch Island Sanctuary Includes Circa 1914 Emily Means House in Maine

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11+ Birch Island Sanctuary Includes Circa 1914 Emily Means House in Maine

$4,985,000 | 1914 | 2,500 Sq. Ft. | 4 Beds | 3 Baths | 11.42 Acres
Birch Island, South Bristol, Maine

Birch Island is a spectacular and historic island estate in a stunning setting with panoramic views of Johns Bay towards Pemaquid Point and out to the open ocean. The 11.42 acre island sanctuary offers a unique blend of natural beauty and historic significance that work together to promote a coveted Maine experience. Accessed by a private, gated footbridge from the mainland, the property includes a charming and historic main house, a guest cabin, and additional versatile outbuildings. Maintained walking paths connect the buildings and meander through areas of attractive woods and historic gardens, offering varying vantage points for enjoying the views. 3,987 feet of shoreline consists of rocky ledge dotted with tidal pools, a lovely cove, and several pocket sand and pebble beaches. 

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The main house, fondly referred to as the Emily Means House, is an architecturally significant residence designed by New York City architect Samuel R.T. Very for the nationally renowned horticulturalist, Emily Means. Built in 1914, the two-story Mediterranean-style home is crafted from terra cotta tile and finished in smooth stucco, creating a pleasing and striking contrast to the natural landscape. The interior of the home is both comfortable and elegant, with period details that have been lovingly incorporated into generations of family gatherings. Many of the distinct architectural details are original to Emily Means, who also left her stamp on the island’s natural landscape, establishing a number of rock gardens and exotic perennials. Birch Island, private yet located just a stone’s throw from Rutherford Island in South Bristol, is being offered for sale for the first time in over 80 years.

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The historic house is reminiscent of a classic summer estate with its setting, layout, and incorporation of woodwork and trim. Details such as hard-wood floors, period fixtures, and multiple fireplaces contribute to the elegant historic atmosphere. There is a formal dining room and a spacious living room with built-in shelves and large windows. The kitchen has been updated and provides ample space for preparing family meals. Upstairs there is a small office, four bedrooms and two full baths, each with wonderful views. An eastern-facing ground floor terrace is adorned by an arcade of rounded arches, an excellent vantage point for admiring the long views.

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Additional estate-style buildings include a small but well-equipped cabin with a central fireplace, a kitchen and a bath. There is a cozy bungalow/artist’s studio on the southern edge of the island. Adjacent to this is a stunning stone patio with long southerly views out to the open ocean. Three practical sheds offer excellent storage with the potential for a variety of uses. The property includes a .4 acre mainland base with a two-car garage and additional parking spaces. The garage has storage above it and there is a right of way via a path that leads to the bridge suitable for walking, a golf cart or small ATV. A full Environmental Evaluation and Land Use Development Plan is available.


Joseph Sortwell • jsortwell@landvest.com • (207) 706-6294
Lewis Wheelwright • lwheelwright@landvest.com • (207) 232-3951
LandVest, Inc. Camden | Christie’s International Real Estate
Photography Credit: Kate Sfeir and Seth Brown



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