When David Rockefeller, son of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the former head of Chase Manhattan Corp., died in March, he left large sums of money to organizations that protect Maine’s natural beauty. Now the sale of his home near Acadia National Park will sweeten that sum.
According to the Portland Press Herald, the philanthropist gave $20 million to the Land and Garden Preserve of Mount Desert Island in Seal Harbor and $5 million to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. He granted his children the option to claim his summer home, near Acadia National Park, but they already own houses in the area. So now his 14.5-acre property, Ringing Point, is for sale — listed for $19 million — and the money will go to charity. The sale of artwork and other items inside the home, some of which will be sold by Christie’s auction house, will also go to charity.
Peggy Rockefeller, David’s wife, designed the main house, which was built in 1972. It boasts seven bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and 5,034 square feet of living space. The master is on the first floor, and you’ll find the other large bedroom suites on the second and third floors.
The tiered living room offers two fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows, showcasing views of the lawn and Great Harbor. In the kitchen, there’s a center island, stainless-steel appliances, a raised-hearth fireplace, and a large window above the sink. Throughout the home, there are ceilings with exposed wood beams, Portuguese-tile murals, painted-pattern floors, built-ins, and barn-siding interior walls.
The property also comes with a guest cottage, a two-car garage, and an outbuilding housing the study where David Rockefeller wrote his memoirs. There is also a granite swimming pool, grass paths, a circular rose garden, flower gardens, an orchard, cliffs, and a beetle sculpture, which is a reminder of David Rockefeller’s impressive beetle collection.
The natural landscape surround the home evokes similar vibes to Acadia National Park. According to the Portland Press Herald, the Rockefellers helped to create Acadia, and John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated the park’s 45-mile carriage road system.
According to the listing website, an offer has been accepted on this home.
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