About Oceansedge

The Home

  1. Summary
    1. the house

      1. a formal 2-story single-family home, a New England cape in the ocean colors of blue and white and grey.

      2. 4 bedrooms with 4.5 baths (an en suite bathroom for each bedroom)

      3. beds for up to 10 guests (maximum)

      4. oceanfront-focused: 6 ocean-facing french doors, including two opening from 2nd story bedrooms to above-the-beach ocean view decks.

    2. interactive floor plan (virtual tour)

      The “Menu” of this web site offers a link to an “interactive floor plan (virtual tour)”.

      That floor plan helpfully allows the viewer to see photos of every room in the house, from every angle of each room.

      There are more than 75 such selectable photos.
    3. Commentary

      Summary comments regarding the house:
      1. Elegant and meticulously appointed, but sunny and welcoming as well

      2. Joyous: suffused with sunlight and sea breezes through 6 ocean-facing french doors, both levels of house.

      3. Eclectic: as much an intellectual adventure as a place to stay.

      4. Welcoming: as much a home as a house

      5. With wry panache: formal but Maineishly unpretentious. (Well, mostly unpretentious).

  2. General discussion of the contents of the house
    1. eclectic appointments and objects d’art and historical curios

      The Oceansedge home contains eclectic appointments and objects d’art and historical curios, all meant to add to the guests’ interest in and enjoyment of the property.

      A few examples:
      1. 4 rooms containing book collections, comprising together one of the largest private libraries in New England

      2. Military artifacts (e.g., the only cannon ball from the battle for the Penobscot River Valley, War of 1812; the Gettysburg battle map signed by General Meade)

      3. taxidermied predators of Maine’s Northwoods (bear, fisher, deer, coyote, bobcat with partridges [in flight], porcupine, fox); salvaged from intended disposal by unpaid taxidermists.

      4. unique antiques (e.g., Gilded Age brass wall sconces from Astor mansion, Newport, RI)

    2. representative art

      Examples of art on view in the house:
      1. 200-year old English lithographic hunting and coaching prints

      2. maritime prints by John Stobart, signed

      3. depictions of New England landscapes and seascapes by Stow Wengenroth

      4. vintage WW II prints, for Esquire magazine, by Alberto Varga

      5. illustrations by N C Wyeth and Howard Pyle and Frederick Remington

      6. antiquarian battle maps (e.g., Gettysburg map mentioned above, and others of colonial Boston and Newport)

      7. various original oil paintings and water colors by Maine artists

      8. Watercolor and photographic views of Newport, RI

      9. antiquarian maps, artifacts, and photos depicting the 19th century logging trade and river driving in Maine’s Northwoods, and related industrial development. (N.B., a mural size (6'x4') photograph from a heyday year of 1880, showing river driving and the loading of lumber onto ships and rail cars, at the docks and railyards of the Port of Bangor when Bangor was the 2nd wealthiest city (per capita) in the world.

    3. decor

      Traditional decor, including:
      1. oriental rugs

      2. cherry and mahogany furnishings - antiques (Duncan Phyfe, Queen Anne), and Harden

      3. hardwood floors, mahogany

      4. brass and crystal lamps, wall sconces, and chandeliers

      5. stained glass

      6. traditional, English-made wool Hudson Bay blankets (candycane style) in Maine Room

  3. Detailed discussion of the contents of the house
    1. bedrooms

      1. 4 bedrooms, sleeps 10 or more

      2. 2nd-story bedrooms have French doors & walk-out decks overlooking brick patio below and ocean beyond

      3. linens: imported, monogrammed, managed by house staff and individually professionally cleaned and steam pressed in Bangor (Gold Star Cleaners)

      4. walk-in closets

      5. traditional furniture

        • oriental rugs
        • art collections
        • TVs in all bedrooms
        • See the “Bedroom Summary” chart describing the inventory of beds
    2. bathrooms

      1. 4 1⁄2 baths, en suite for each bedroom plus foyer bathroom for visiting guests

      2. one 1st-floor bath equipped for infirm and elderly

      3. tile floors and shower walls

      4. new fixtures, brass

      5. brass wall sconces

      6. each bathroom inventoried with hair dryer, prepared towels, soaps, linen shower curtains

    3. kitchen

      1. Dining

        • interior: oceanview table for 6 or more
        • exterior: oceanview glass-top antique garden table for 6 or more on deck accessed through french door from the kitchen; gas grill on deck; surrounded by fern and rose garden
        • additional dining accommodations on the steps from the kitchen deck to the lawn, for full-time guests who are amiable chipmunks and cheerful chickadees
      2. comprehensively equipped

        • several collections of china and glassware and silverware
        • Abundantly equipped: virtually every conceivable cooking device, appliance, and tool
        • Calphalon cookware
        • lobster cookware and utensils
        • cable TV
      3. Large, airy, and sunlight bright

        • vaulted ceiling with 3 skylights, shiplap cathedral ceiling
        • 18 track lights, LED under-cabinet lights
        • 2 ocean-facing picture windows
        • french door opening to ocean-facing kitchen deck and exterior dining.
        • butcher block island
        • walk-in pantry
    4. libraries

      1. one of the largest of private libraries above Boston, including extensive antiquarian collections

      2. 5 library rooms

        • formal library
        • living room
        • three bedrooms
    5. eating areas

      5 eating areas, all with ocean views (or on the ocean):
      1. formal dining room with french door (seats 8); when joined with table in living room (connected by pocket doors) can seat 13.

      2. kitchen also with french door (seats 6)

      3. deck off kitchen (seats 4)

      4. brick patio off living room and dining room (four tables - seats 14)

      5. deck at the beach (seats 4)

      6. total, 41

    6. audio/visual and WIFI

      1. WIFI internet connection

        Very high speed internet wireless connection by Spectrum with underground fiber optic cable

      2. TVs

        • excellent Spectrum TV connections,
        • LED flat screen, including Smart TVs
        • all with DVRs, helpful in fact-checking particularly despised political figures
        • locations:
          1. every bedroom (4)
          2. kitchen
          3. library
          4. Living room
    7. Washer dryer

      New and biggest-made Maytag washer/dryers equal to the needs of numerous guests, with commensurate hot water volume.
    8. security system, safety devices

      1. Onsite and remotely monitored security alarm system providing protection against intrusion in every room, and as to smoke or fire or carbon monoxide.

      2. There has been no need to use the intrusion alarm since the most recent re-run of the movie “The Russians are Coming”.