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For $9 million, a coastal Maine estate owned by a former movie star

Kelly Garrity – Boston.com correspondent

February 14, 2022 5:00 p.m.

Aptly named “Boldwater”, this prominent Colonial in 103 Dodges Wharf Road in Brooklin, Maine sits on a sprawling 38-acre estate with a private beach along Blue Hill Bay.

The house is owned by Tahitian actress Louise Tefaafana Murfey, who played a Tahitian in the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty.” Murfey moved to the United States and met and married her late husband, Spencer Latham Murfey Jr., a multi-millionaire and ocean racing enthusiast, listing agent. Souzan Davood of Coldwell Banker Realtynoted.

It was Spencer Murfey’s nautical hobby that brought the couple to Brooklyn, where they erected the sprawling home in 1980. The home remains an ideal location for boating: it features 1,400 feet of shoreline and two moorings in deep water allowed, where the Murfeys would moor their yacht, Davood said.

A photo of the shoreline on a partly cloudy day.  There are a handful of rocks dotting the beach and lots of greenery along the edge of the beach in the background.
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The estate itself, listed at $9,000,000, comprises three buildings: the main house, a gatehouse and a guest house.

The gatehouse and guesthouse both have four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room, Davood said, although the gatehouse rooms are slightly smaller.

A dirt and gravel road passes in front of the gatehouse.  The house is white with a red roof and two dormers.  There are flowers in planters at each of the five windows at the front of the house.
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The guest house is short with a gabled green roof and two chimneys.  There is a small green courtyard in front.  There are several large trees behind the house, through which the water is barely visible.
. —Robert Umenhofer Photography

The 14,375 square foot main house features six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three half bathrooms, and nine wood-burning fireplaces. The first floor houses formal living and dining areas, a spacious family room with multiple sitting areas and a wet bar, and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. There are wooden and tiled floors throughout and hand painted murals.

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The walls of the formal dining room are decorated with murals in soft colors.  There is a long dining table in the center of the room under a glass chandelier.  There are seven chairs set around the table, which sits on a light pink colored rug.
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An island with a stone counter is in the center-foreground of this kitchen photo.  There is a planter with several blooming flowers in the center of the island.  A ceiling fan hangs above the island and there are several ceiling lights throughout the space.  The room is naturally lit by several deep windows in the background.
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Although the house offers ocean views from almost every room, the family room eclipses the rest, with floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that look out to the water and distant mountains.

There are floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows that run the length of the back wall.  There are long curtains tied by everyone.  There is a table with four chairs set up on the left side of the room and two sofas with blue cushions sitting facing each other to the right of it.
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Three of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and the one on the first floor offers a separate entrance that leads to the private beach. The generously appointed master suite has its own fireplace, a spacious sitting area with rows of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water, and an elegant en-suite bathroom with wooden floors, a stone tub, and a swan-shaped faucet.

There is a double bed with a white blanket and several pillows against the left wall.  Most of the wooden floor is covered with a white carpet.  There is a wood-burning fireplace built into the right wall facing the bed.  The living room is visible in the background.
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The master bedroom living room has a white rug on the floor and one wall of bay windows is partially covered in gauzy white curtains.  There is a leather lounge chair on the right and a white sofa in the center towards the windows.  A coffee table with a glass top and wooden legs stands in the middle of the room.
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A white stone bathtub sits in the corner of the room.  Two small steps lead to it.  The rest of the exposed floor is wooden.  Both walls are made up of floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the ocean and distant mountains.  There are sheer white curtains attached to the walls.
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There’s room to work and play, with a wood-panelled library on the second floor and a heated swimming pool and pool house with a bathroom on the grounds. There is also space to relax thanks to the sauna, hot tub and wine cellar in the basement. The three floors of the house are accessible by elevator.

A black, upholstered office chair sits on a wooden desk on the left side of the room.  There is a patterned rug in front of the desk and a fireplace with a stone surround on the opposite wall.  Paneled walls along the back wall have built-in shelving.  There is a bay window in the far wall between the two built-in shelves.
. —Robert Umenhofer Photography
The heated swimming pool has a stone border.  There are many green trees in the background.
. —Robert Umenhofer Photography
The interior of the pool house is mostly open.  There are tiled floors and several sliding glass doors.  There is a fireplace set in a stone frame on the left rear wall.  A sofa and wooden rocking chair sit around a small plain wooden coffee table.
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A curved staircase with a decorative balustrade is located on the left of the room.  Floors are speckled brown tiles, and several couches and chairs sit on a white rug in the middle of the room.  There is a fireplace in the right wall.  Another room is barely visible at the far left of the room.
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A wooden wine rack that can hold hundreds of bottles of wine.
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The house offers options for veterans or aspiring horticulturists, with an apple orchard on the grounds and two greenhouses, one of which is attached to the main house.

The greenhouse of the house has a curved wooden panel ceiling in the foreground that leads to a translucent roofed area.  The foreground is cement on the ground, which leads to a dirt floor with uneven grass.  There are wooden tables scattered around the space, some with flowers on them.
. —Robert Umenhofer Photography

For those looking for even more outdoor space, there is an additional 17 acres of land (currently the site of a farmhouse to be rehabilitated) that may be part of the sale, Davood said. Potential buyers can also easily add more interior space, as permits have already been pulled for two additional homes on the existing 38 acres, Davood said.

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