John Travolta listed his peninsular estate in the upper Northeast this winter. The 1903-built shingle-style summer cottage on Islesboro Island, Maine, measures in at nearly 11,000 square feet, and is surrounded by nearly fifty acres of forest and meadow. The property is priced at $5 million.
All of the accommodations on the property are located in the house—it contains twenty bedrooms as it stands—but there is a detached barn on the estate. The exterior of the two-bedroom home is tasteful, with enough eccentricity to give it street cred as a classic ‘summer cottage’; multiple gables—with a bit of trim—diamond-paned and ornamental windows, a varied roofline, a dormer.
Inside the home a cottage style carries the day. Cool and warm pastel walls, glossy narrow plank hardwood floors—almost certainly original—shingle accents, clapboard, a staircase with a solid balustrade, and floral wall covering all make appearances in the house. The shared spaces are anchored by a fieldstone fireplace which is likely original as well; it certainly has a centenarian look about it.
The acreage was cobbled from four original lots, and it represents the primary amenity of the estate. This is a property that offers abundant breathing room and privacy, with two large porches for surveying it on languishing summer days, and dedicated beaches for wandering. An in-ground swimming pool and a deep water dock complete a first look at an extraordinary property in Maine.