Stretching along the rock-bound wooded coast of Seal Harbor and the Eastern way lies Ringing Point, the summer home of the late David and Peggy Rockefeller. Evocative of Acadia National Park in so many ways, this 14.5 +/- acre property flows naturally through pristine woods and cool green glades to pink granite ledges on the shore, with lofty vistas of the harbor and outer islands from sun-splashed lawns and granite outcrops and meandering grass pathways. Ringing Point compares only to the Park itself in its variety of Acadian settings, and presents a singular opportunity to own a true legacy property on the Maine coast.
Peggy Rockefeller designed the comfortable and gracious main house in 1972 and guided the thoughtful landscaping that blends gardens and lawns seamlessly with the natural contours of the property. Sited discreetly amidst towering pines and mature birches, the 7-bedroom year-round home offers vistas to the west across a graceful lawn and tree-framed views of the outer islands. Grass paths lead to a serene granite swimming pool, and through flanking flower gardens to a circular Rose Garden. Beyond the manicured Orchard to the south are cliffs along the Eastern Way, and Dane’s Point, a lovely pink granite promontory so reminiscent of Baker’s Island. Further to the east is The Study, a quiet retreat surrounded by the inspiration of sea, sky and woodlands, where David Rockefeller wrote his memoirs.
The Main House has large en-suite bedrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors, with the Master Suite on the first floor. The tiered Living Room has two fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling glass windows facing west; these frame unforgettable views across the lawn to the Great Harbor and beyond. The Dining Room offers views to the west and south; off the kitchen is a comfortable sitting area with a cozy raised-hearth fireplace. So many tasteful and understated touches are evident throughout, from Portuguese tile murals to painted patterned floors to barn-siding interior walls. The property includes a fully appointed Guest Cottage, a two-car garage and substantial parking area.
To enter Ringing Point is to be welcomed into a naturally elegant, tranquil setting, where all the elements of Acadia National Park envelop you and inspire you. Truly like no other, unmatched for natural beauty and breadth, Ringing Point is a wonderfully unique coastal Maine property.
The village of Seal Harbor has many attributes, including proximity to Northeast and Bar Harbor, a lovely hillside overlooking the quiet harbor and a well-protected public beach. The community abuts Acadia National Park, a significant portion of which was donated by Seal Harbor resident John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The Park Loop Road, the Seal Harbor Riding Stable, the historical Jordan Pond House, and the many carriage roads around Day Mountain, Little Long Pond, the Bubbles, and Jordan Pond, are all accessible from the village.