House Of The Day: 'Ravenscleft' Perches Over Seal Harbor

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Sailors of Seal Harbor, Maine, used to use the cliffs beneath this waterfront mansion as a landmark to guide them safely to shore. The target for the seafarers was a cleft in the shores' sun-bleached granite, an abode where ravens nested. Hence, "Ravenscleft."

Presiding over the rocky waterfront is its residential namesake, which is now listed on the market at $8.5 million. Enveloped by pungent Maine pines, "Ravenscleft" is a shingled cottage with six bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms and nearly 1,000 feet of shoreline.

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Originally built in 1901, the home has been restored and renovated, but still bears quaint signatures of its original design.

The home was the first estate built on Cooksey Drive, giving it an edge of added prestige over all of the other neighboring mansions.

Kimberly Swan of Swan Agency Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

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