If you’ve ever wanted to live off the grid, there’s a spectacular opportunity for you to do just that in a monolithic dome house.
Listed for $690,000, the dome home located at 34 Road to Misery is far from miserable. Set on nearly 43 private acres, this imposing structure is just 10 minutes from Dock Square in Kennebunkport, ME, and just 4 miles from Goose Rocks Beach.
One of the property owners is an artist and considers this architectural marvel her largest piece of artwork. The couple built the concrete house in 2003 and live in it year-round—no small feat in Maine.
When they were building the home, the environmentally conscious couple wanted to surround themselves with nature. They also desired to live off the land, without relying on modern technology.
A dome home ticked all the boxes for them. These rounded dwellings are designed to provide energy savings, offer durability and security, and are considered to have ecological advantages.
“The owners wanted to build a home that had a low impact on the environment, while giving them the opportunity to live off the grid,” says the listing agent, Josephine Power of Coldwell Banker Realty. “It has insulative qualities, so it is warm in the winter and stays cool in the summer.”
Beyond its curvaceous appearance, the location, which is close to amenities—but not too close—is a huge plus.
“The biggest feature of this house is that it is a single-family residential home that is just 10 minutes from Kennebunkport and eight minutes from the beach—but you are in the middle of the woods by yourself. The actual property itself is just so unique,” says Power.
After a short drive down a private dirt road, you’ll arrive at the three-bedroom, one-bathroom home. Inside, the airy abode features 1,477 square feet of wood and tile floors, oversized windows, arched doorways, hand-crafted woodwork, soaring ceilings, and walls of glass.
To soak in the natural beauty that surrounds the home, there’s a large deck to relax with a morning coffee, plus plenty of outdoor space to entertain.
In addition to the dome, there are also multiple outbuildings, a shed, and a fenced-in area.
Inside the dome, the first floor features a living room with oversized windows to let in an abundance of natural light, a modest kitchen, and an area for a dining table. The loftlike second floor, overlooking the main living space, has exposed wood throughout.
As for the off-the-grid aspects of the dome, the agent reels off all the accoutrements in place that ensure this place is self-sufficient.
“The home has a photovoltaic electrical system that has solar panels that go into a battery, then an inverter and an electric box,” Power says. “There’s a 1,000-gallon propane tank for the heating system in the basement, so the pipes don’t freeze. And there is wood heat for the main living space. Plus, the house has a three-bedroom septic system, along with a private well.”
For an adventurous buyer in search of an opportunity away from utility bills and from reliance on county services, this place is dialed in.
With nearly 43 acres of space to play with, the house can be used as a primary or seasonal home. There are opportunities for gardening or farming, building a family compound on the lot, or subdividing the parcel into multiple lots. While the current owners have been enjoying the home for nearly 20 years, they have a second property in Maine and simply want to downsize.