Rare private retreat, farm, family compound, recreation, conservation or development property just a short drive from Bangor, airport, and I-95. Energy-efficient Scandanavian-style home on 134 acres. Gorgeous fields, gardens, and a mature forest of towering pines, spruce and oak threaded by trails for hiking, horseback riding, skiing, and hunting.
When Solhaugen Farm's ("Sunny Hill" in Norwegian) current owner purchased this property in 1990, there was little trace of the farm that had occupied the land perhaps a century ago. They designed their new home in the Scandanavian style emphasizing functionality, simplicity, calm, neutral colors, and abundant natural light with a deliberate interplay between indoor and outdoor spaces; there is little decoration to compete with broad windows full of green fields, flowering apple trees and browsing deer.
The cozy, efficient, low maintenance 3 bedroom / 3 bath home offers a super-insulated envelope, open floor plan, first floor master, walk-out basement with sauna and an attached 2-car garage. Passive solar heat is supplemented by a crackling wood stove in the living room, and a high-efficiency Biasi propane furnace. The system is augmented by a Van EE 2000 central ventilation and heat exchanger system. The home can be heated almost entirely with wood taken from the property or with propane, at the owner's option. Unlike typical reclaimed 19th century farmhouses this one won't own you.
Soil profiles in the reclaimed fields favor wild blueberries. The current owners maintain a kitchen garden behind the house. A John Deere tractor with attachments is included in the sale.
Over 90% of the property is managed multi-age, multi-species woodland dominated by mature oak, spruce, and white pine. Timber value is currently being assessed. A stand of sugar maples cultivated north of the house was tapped for the first time this spring. Wild game, especially deer, is abundant. Ski, hike, trail ride or hunt and never leave your property.
Solhaugen's location is key to its value. Depending on weather and traffic, drive time to Bangor for shopping or work is less than 20 minutes. Bucksport's waterfront marina, golf course, theatre and shopping are even closer. There are three public access, fresh water ponds within a 5 mile radius. Access to the interstate snowmobile trail system is less than a mile away.
Solhaugen Farm is a "lifestyle" property with many options. It's a country home, a place "away" but it's also near work and shopping. It's a place where you can cultivate gardens and blueberries, build green houses, raise livestock and manage your own forest. Or you can just enjoy the view from the back porch. Divide the land, develop road front house lots, or just enjoy the serenity of your private kingdom. Start a new business in a growing market area or retire from one. In the rapidly developing landscape of the Greater Bangor Area, it is a rare opportunity to have the best of both worlds.