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Panoramic views, fine fishing on Maine coast

Chuck and Donna Berry’s home in South Bristol, Maine, offers a commanding view across Johns Bay and of the passing boats. Yet Berry is more enthralled by what he can catch in those waters. The avid fisherman, who retired at 45 to go fishing, now wants to spend even more time afloat seeking the big ones.

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The Berrys’ 3,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath home and separate shop/boat house are on the market for $980,000. The 2.4-acre wooded property, about a mile from South Bristol Gut and two miles from Christmas Cove, has 340 feet of waterfront, a dock with power and water and a deepwater mooring.

Although they love living in Maine, the couple plans to move to a smaller home in Berry’s native Pennsylvania nearer family and increase their frequent fishing trips from Panama to Alaska.

A 76-year-old retired pharmacist who owned several retail pharmacies, Berry designed their two-story, shingle-style home as a woodworking shop with guest quarters on the second level. He obtained permits to build a larger main home nearer the shore, but the couple enjoyed living in the guest house so much that he did not build the bigger house. Berry built a woodworking shop instead, designing it to complement the house’s shingle-style architecture.

In the great room, the whites of the exposed beams, planked cathedral ceiling and pickled birch flooring frame the window wall’s panoramic water view. Only a spacious island with a gas cooktop divides the kitchen from the rest of the great room. Amish craftsmen built the solid wood kitchen and pantry cabinets, which are painted burgundy to match the great room’s Waterford wood-burning stove.

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A hall adjoining the kitchen provides access to the laundry room, powder room, concrete-floored full basement and the attached, heated garage.

The master bedroom features an easterly water view. The master bath includes a dressing area with a walk-in closet and make-up mirrors. Above, a loft serves as an office. Ceiling fans and the prevailing breeze through the many opening windows keep the house cool in summer. Oil-fired hot water baseboards provide winter heat.

The Berrys reserve the first-floor apartment for visiting family and friends. A fully equipped mini-kitchen occupies one corner of the living room, which overlooks the bay. Two bedrooms share a full bath.

Aboard his 21-foot Regulator sportfishing boat, Berry seeks stripers in Maine’s Kennebec, Damariscotta and Pemaquid rivers. “The fishing’s as good here as in Islamorada [Fla.],” he says.

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Berry keeps the Regulator on his Maine dock, which has four feet of water at mean low and 12 or more at high tide. Depths at his mooring are more than 25 feet. Ledges to the north and south shelter the dock and a private pebble beach.

South Bristol’s restaurants and marinas on The Gut are only minutes away by boat. So are those in East Boothbay to the west and Pemaquid to the east. Major shopping, services and a hospital are in Damariscotta on U.S. 1, about 14 miles north.

The house has a well and private septic system. Yearly dues of about $300 maintain the neighborhood’s gravel road. Annual taxes are about $4,600.

James Cosgrove, (207) 563-1003, Ext. 107, of Newcastle Square Realty, Damariscotta, Maine, ( lists the property.

November 2013 issue