I love to move. So much so that I’ve had 30 different addresses in 30 years. And when I’m not packing or unpacking, I get my fix browsing real estate listings online. It’s an odd hobby, but you never know what you might find.
On a recent property-seeking binge, the goal was to find a condo near an ocean for less than $400,000. A sweet space in Camden, Maine, popped up and immediately felt very familiar. I’ve never been to Camden, but I could tell you the name of almost every piece of furniture inside this home. I reached out to the realtor to learn more.
The homeowners, Philip Dinkins and Ed Lally, are modernists and longtime DWR fans. Based in Florida, the couple purchased the Maine condo six years ago to serve as a vacation home and summer escape. “This was our first second home we were able to start from scratch with the furnishings,” says Philip. “Having grown up in Columbus, Indiana, a modernist architectural jewel in the middle of the heartland, I’ve always appreciated good design.”
Philip also has a very personal connection to some of the furniture they chose. “My father worked for J. Irwin Miller and my parents were frequent guests at the house Eero Saarinen designed for the Miller family in 1954,” he says. “The Saarinen dining table and Tulip chairs were prominently featured in that house, which is now owned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Because of the connection with my parents, and my appreciation for the Millers and their foundation bringing great architecture to Columbus, being able to have Saarinen’s table and chairs in our home means a lot to me.”
Ed, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, shares Philip’s fondness for clean, simple design. “Being just three days apart in age we grew up in the same era and experienced similar things,” he says. “We’ve been together for 42 years and we’ve grown very similar in our life perspective and design aesthetic.”
An appreciation for history is what drew Philip and Ed to Camden, which they describe as the perfect New England village. “It’s remained unspoiled for 250 years,” says Philip. “Big box stores and chain restaurants aren’t permitted in the village and Camden has a charm that’s difficult to find in America today. The people are friendly, the scenery is amazing and life moves at a slower pace.”
As for why they’re selling, the couple isn’t moving far. “We’ve bought a larger unit across the hall,” says Ed.
This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominium is listed for $395,000, with Nancy J. Hughes of Camden Coast Real Estate, 207.236.1111.