MOUNT DESERT — A house that might be the most expensive ever built in Maine is gradually taking shape between the villages of Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor.
The total cost of the shorefront estate, which includes a main house, guesthouse, four-car garage with caretaker’s quarters, boat house and pier, could exceed $30 million. Construction began about two years ago.
The owner, Mitchell Rales, is a billionaire corporate executive, philanthropist and art collector whose primary residence is a 125-acre estate in Potomac, Md., near Washington, D.C. He also owns homes in New York City and near Vail, Colo.
The general contractor for the Northeast Harbor project is Albert Jensen Construction of Dixmont. Company president Al Jensen said Sunday that he couldn’t discuss the status of construction or when it might be finished.
Mount Desert code enforcement officer Kim Keene said last week that she doesn’t know when construction is expected to be completed.
According to architectural plans submitted to Ms. Keene, Mr. Rales’ house here is to have 34 rooms on three floors, including a basement, for a total of 9,400 square feet of finished space. The five-room guesthouse has 1,600 square feet of finished space.
Mr. Rales has never spoken publicity about the modern mansion he is building in Northeast Harbor. In fact, he rarely if ever grants media interviews on any subject.
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