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Famed 200-year-old ‘wedding cake’ house in Kennebunk, Maine, hits the market for a whopping $2.65 MILLION – co – Daily Mail

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  • The yellow-colored home, which dates back to 1825, is on sale
  • It is on the market for $2.65 million having spent years delighting tourists with its charming facade 
  • The colorful home features eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms 
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One of the most photographed homes in Maine, which has been dubbed as the ‘wedding cake’ house, is for sale for $2.65 million and boasts its very own gothic trim and stunning vintage touches. 

The famous property is located in Kennebunk, Maine, which is just a town away from Kennebunkport, which has an intense amount of history attached to it and was even home to the summer residences of John F. Kennedy, and George H.W. Bush. 

Now, the yellow home, which is frosted with a gothic-style white trim, and features tall tower-like peaks, has gone on the market for the first time in 10 years after the owners were denied permission from transforming it into a wedding venue. 

The two-story home, which was built in 1825, is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places so that future owners can have a slice of the past once they walk inside. 

It boasts its very own gothic trim and stunning vintage touches

Now, the yellow home, which is frosted with a gothic-style white trim, and features tall tower-like peaks, has gone on the market for the first time in 10 years

The two-story home, which was built in 1825, is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places so that future owners can have a slice of the past once they walk inside

The pastel-colored home is 6,263-square-foot and features a barn and carriage house

The pastel-colored home is 6,263-square-foot and features a barn and carriage house. 

It featured eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms, which sit on a 2.2-acre lot on the banks of the Kennebunk River. 

The home also boasts stunning vintage features, murals, and a spiral staircase. 

The bedrooms all boast a coastal aesthetic and feature white walls, blue touches, and wooden furniture. 

The listing reads: ‘This is a rare opportunity to own this elegant and historic property.’ 

According to the listing, the property is the perfect spot to ‘entertain.’ 

The home features an incredible kitchen, which includes vintage wood cupboards, a copper kettle, and an Aga oven – all of which make it a chef’s dream. 

There is also an old-fashioned sitting room, which boasts burgundy sofas, big blue armchairs, and hundreds of books lining the walls.

It featured eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms, which sit on a 2.2-acre lot on the banks of the Kennebunk River

The home also boasts stunning vintage features, murals, and a spiral staircase

The bedrooms all boast a coastal aesthetic and feature white walls, blue touches, and wooden furniture

The listing reads: 'This is a rare opportunity to own this elegant and historic property'

Another sitting room has peach-painted walls, a cream sofa, and orange armchairs, the perfect spot to relax and look out the windows at the beautiful views.

The blue dining room comes with a table and eight chairs, as well as a glass cabinet, more paintings, and a stunning hanging chandelier.

Upstairs is where you will find the bedrooms, three of which are en-suite.

The first has a double bed, two small square windows, and white walls, while the second double has a tartan bed, desk space, and an open fireplace.

There is also a twin room with two dark oak beds and another double with a dark blue and gold bed.

Outside, there is the large back deck with a fire pit and furniture that overlooks the land and serene river.

The property also comes with a private two-bedroom apartment on one floor that could be used as a short-term rental property.

According to the listing, the property is the perfect spot to 'entertain'

The first has a double bed, two small square windows, and white walls, while the second double has a tartan bed, desk space, and an open fireplace

The property also comes with a private two-bedroom apartment on one floor that could be used as a short-term rental property

There is also a barn and carriage house, which can be transformed into whatever the new owners wish.

The home is currently on the market with Nathan McCabe at Pack Maynard and Associates.

The listing agent revealed that the homeowners, Hunt and Katie Edwards have lived in the house seasonally since 2014, however are ready to spend more time in Florida and believe the home needs too many repairs. 

Prior to selling the home, to bring in money for all the repairs needed, the couple applied for the home to host weddings, events, and even possibly turn it into an inn. 

However, the proposal was declined earlier this year by the town’s board after locals claimed they were worried about possible noise. The beautiful home dates back to 1825, when George Washington Bourne built the Federal style home. 

However, when a fired destroyed the barn in 1852, Bourne opted to add stunning touches inspired by Italy’s Milan Cathedral. 

It became known as the Wedding Cake House in the early 1990s when a postcard maker invented a story about the property. 

According to the postcard maker, a sailor was called to sea on the night of his wedding and was no longer able to attend his wedding. 

The home is currently on the market with Nathan McCabe at Pack Maynard and Associates

The listing agent revealed that the homeowners, Hunt and Katie Edwards have lived in the house seasonally since 2014, however are ready to spend more time in Florida

Laura Dolce, executive director of the local chamber of commerce, told Spectrum News that the future owner has to be ready to restore the property

She noted that in the past 20 years, the home has only been open to the public once

So, during his time away, he carved the trim for the home and gave it to his wife as ‘the icing for her cake.’ And while the story ‘sold many postcards,’ it’s completely ‘fictious’, according to historians. 

Fast-forward over 100 years, the home has become one of the most photographed areas in the world and sees a flood of visitors snapping pictures of it. 

Laura Dolce, executive director of the local chamber of commerce, told Spectrum News that the future owner has to be ready to restore the property. 

‘That house has had so much mystique around it. There’s that romanticism to it so it means a lot to the residents and it means a lot to the visitors,’ she said. 

She noted that in the past 20 years, the home has only been open to the public once. 

‘People always want to see the inside of that house. People have such curiosity about it so I would love to see there be a way, whether it’s annual tours, fundraising. There’s just always going to be that curiosity,’ she added. 

The home is located just five miles away from Kennebunkport, which is the town in which both JFK and George H.W. Bush had summer homes

'That house has had so much mystique around it. There’s that romanticism to it so it means a lot to the residents and it means a lot to the visitors,' Laura said

Laura noted that the home is 'special' and the opportunity to buy it doesn't come around often

Laura noted that the home is ‘special’ and the opportunity to buy it doesn’t come around often. 

The home is located just five miles away from Kennebunkport, which is the town in which both JFK and George H.W. Bush had summer homes. 

Bush’s home was located in Walker’s Point and the former President and his family enjoyed the stunning views, fished, golfed, and swam on the gorgeous oceanfront home on the Maine coast. 

Meanwhile, JFK often vacationed at his family’s home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.  

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