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Updated: April 18, 2023

High-end home subdivision advances in Camden

house on hill with big windows Courtesy / Pluspuu Oy This photo shows the style proposed for a 10-unit single-family subdivision in Camden. The model was built in Finland by Pluspuu Oy.

A proposal to build what’s being called an “upscale” single-family development in Camden is in the works on a 43-acre lot at 440 Belfast Road, which is also U.S. Route 1.

The proposal by the lot’s owner, NordHavn Camden LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, calls for creating nine new single-family dwelling units and incorporating an on-site house into the subdivision, which would be called NordHavn Camden.

The parcel contains a large field area adjacent to Route 1 that contains a driveway and a single-family residence. The remaining undeveloped portion of the lot is heavily forested, containing a network of wooded roads. 

The driveway and a portion of the woods road would be converted into a new subdivision road. The subdivision roads that would serve the units would follow the existing woods roads to the extent practicable.

The lot is bisected by Spring Brook. The goal is to develop the northern side of the brook and preserve the land on the southern side. The lot abuts Camden Hills State Park on three sides. 

drawing with blocks and lines
Courtesy / Gartley & Dorsky Engineering & Surveying Inc.
The subdivision roads would follow existing woods roads to the extent practicable.

According to application materials, the project would blend the houses into the natural setting and preserve open space. To accomplish that the developer would build small, dark-colored cabins, tucked into the trees, of between 1,000 and 1,600 square feet in size. The developer is working with a landscape architect to fit the homes into locations that preserve as much of the woods and habitat as possible. 

Each home would be assigned one of the several clustered parking areas.

Edward Hansen, NordHavn Camden's managing partner, told Mainebiz the expected market for the units would be seasonal residents, as well as retirees who might want to reside in Camden year-round.  

“The homes are being offered as turn-key condominiums with curated furniture packages and Scandinavian-inspired amenities, including an ‘adventure spa’ equipped with sauna and hot tub located at a scenic vista adjacent to our stunning waterfalls,” Hansen said. 

The views of Penobscot Bay, proximity to Camden Hills and a brook are expected to be among its attractions to potential buyers, he said.

topographic map with arrow
Courtesy / NordHavn Camden LLC
The location of the proposed development is off Route 1.

Hansen did not disclose the cost of the project. Purchase prices of the units have not yet been finalized. Different styles will be offered across a range of price points based on location, size and design features, he added.

NordHavn Partners is a newly launched real estate development company focused on developing and managing similar modern, design-forward cluster communities and hospitality ventures in “iconic” vacation destinations, primarily in the Northeast, said Hansen. One of its strategic partner companies is Pluspuu Oy from Helsinki, Finland. 

Pluspuu Oy is a designer of customizable house kits using sustainably-sourced woods and would supply the cross-laminated timber kits for the Camden houses. 

“Although a born and bred Mainer, I spent most of my career in leadership roles in international engineering businesses, most recently while working and living in Sweden – thus the Scandinavian connection,” Hansen said. “My partners are highly experienced business finance and hospitality development professionals.  

“The homes will reflect a modern Scandinavian architectural style with large glass facades and will be built using cross-laminated timber made from sustainably-harvested Nordic spruce,” he said. “They will also have other environmentally-sensitive features, including high-efficiency heat pumps, triple pane windows, and low-impact, native natural landscapes.”

Pending receipt of final subdivision approval and related building permits, construction is expected to begin early this summer. 

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