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Listed: For $9,000,000, a coastal Maine estate owned by a former movie star

The exterior of the colonial-style home is white with a red-brown roof. There is a large, green yard in front of the home, and a water fountain to the left of the entrance.
The Colonial-style home in Brooklin, Maine, belongs to Tahitian actress Louise Tefaafana Murfey, known for her role in the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty.” Robert Umenhofer Photography

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

The home belongs to 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 multimillionaire and an avid ocean racer, listing agent Souzan Davood of Coldwell Banker Realty, said. 

It was Spencer Murfey’s nautical hobby that led the couple to Brooklin, where they erected the expansive home in 1980. The home remains an ideal locale for the seafaring: It comes with 1,400 feet of shoreline and two permitted deep-water moorings, where the Murfeys would dock 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.
. – Robert Umenhofer Photography

The estate itself, listed for $9,000,000, comprises three buildings: the main house, a gatehouse, and a guest house. 

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Both the gatehouse and the guest house have four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and kitchen and living room areas, Davood said, though the gatehouse rooms are slightly smaller.

A dirt and gravel road runs in front of the gatehouse. The home is white with a red roof and two dormers. There are flowers in the window boxes at each of the five windows in the front of the home.
. – Robert Umenhofer Photography
The guest house is short with a green, gabled roof and two chimneys. There's a small, green front yard. There are several tall trees behind the home, through which the water is just barely visible.
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The 14,375-square-foot main house includes six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three half bathrooms, and nine wood-burning fireplaces. The first floor is home to formal living and dining rooms, a spacious family room with multiple sitting areas and a bar, and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. There are wood and tile floors throughout and hand-painted murals. 

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

There are glass doors and windows that reach from the floor to the ceiling all along the back wall. There are long curtains tied up by each. There is a table with four chairs sets up to the left side of the room, and two blue-cushioned couches sitting facing each other to the right of that.
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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 primary suite has its own fireplace, a roomy sitting area with rows of picture windows facing the water, and an elegant en-suite bathroom with wood floors, a stone tub, and a swan-shaped faucet. 

There's a double bed with a white cover and and several pillows against the left wall. Most of the wood floor is covered by a white rug. There is a wood fireplace built into the right wall facing the bed. The sitting room is visible in the background.
. – Robert Umenhofer Photography
The sitting room in the primary bedroom has a white rug on the floor and a wall of picture windows is partly covered by wispy, white curtains. There is a leather lounge chair on the right, and a white couch in the center toward the windows. A coffee table with a glass top and wood legs sits in the middle of the room.
. – Robert Umenhofer Photography
A tub made of white stone sits in the corner of the room. Two small steps lead up to it. The rest of the visible floor is wood. Both walls are made up of picture windows that offer views of the ocean and distant mountains. There are sheer, white curtains tied up hanging from the walls.
. – Robert Umenhofer Photography

There’s room for work and play, with a wood-paneled library on the second floor and a heated pool and one-bathroom pool house on the grounds. There’s also space for relaxation, thanks to the sauna, hot tub, and wine cellar in the basement. All three floors of the home are accessible via elevator. 

A black, cushioned office chair is set up at a wood desk on the left side of the room. There is pattered rug in front of the desk, and a fireplace with a stone surround on the opposite wall. The wood-paneled walls along the back wall have built in shelves. There is a picture window in the back wall between the two built-in shelves.
. – Robert Umenhofer Photography
The heated pool has a stone border. There are lots of green trees in the background.
. – Robert Umenhofer Photography
The interior of the pool house is mostly open. There are tile floors and several sliding glass doors. There is a fireplace set into a stone surround on the back left wall. A couch and a wooden rocking chair sit around a small, ordinary wood coffee table.
. – Robert Umenhofer Photography
A curved staircase with a decorative balustrade is located on the left of the room. The floors are a speckled brown tile and there are several couches and chairs set up on a white rug in the middle of the room. There is a fireplace in the right wall. Another room is barely visible in the back left of the room.
. – Robert Umenhofer Photography
A wooden win rack with room for hundreds of bottles of wine.
. – Robert Umenhofer Photography

The home offers options for veteran or aspiring horticulturalists, with an apple orchard on the grounds and two greenhouses, one of which is attached to the main house. 

The home's greenhouse has a curved, wood-paneled ceiling in the foreground that leads out to an translucent-roofed area. The foreground is cement on the ground, which leads into a dirt floor with patchy grass. There are wood tables scattered around the space, some with flowers on them.
. – Robert Umenhofer Photography

For those looking for even more outdoor space, there are an additional 17 acres of land (currently the site of a farmhouse in need of rehab) that can become part of the sale, Davood said. Potential buyers can easily add more indoor space as well, as permits have already been pulled for an additional two homes on the existing 38 acres, Davood said. 

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