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

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.