Real estate moment: We recently spotted for sale a renovated white clapboard captain’s villa and boathouse on the harbor in Fjällbacka, a remote resort town on the western edge of Sweden known for its fishing and its pull on Ingrid Bergman’s heart (she summered on a nearby island just off the coast).
The details: The compound consists of a main house, a boathouse (with total living space that includes 10 bedrooms and 2,700 square feet), a private jetty, a sauna, and possibly the most charming seashell front gate we’ve seen.
Asking price: Nearly $3.1 million. (You knew there had to be a catch.)
Our budget allows us to enjoy the views vicariously. Let’s take a look around:
Photography via Anna Ski.
Above: Built in 1924, the complex recently underwent a complete remodel, getting a new facade and windows, a new roof and gutters, a sauna, and new patios and fencing.
Once owned by former Volvo chairman Håkan Frisinger, the house is landmark in Fjällbacka, where it sits on a prime waterfront lot.
Above: The front gate is decorated with seashells collected locally.
Above: A covered front porch has stained glass windows and a double entryway door.
Above: Indoors, a wall of full-height window open onto the dock to connect the living and dining rooms to the outdoor space.
Above: From the water, a view of the red-roofed house and its adjacent red-stained boathouse.
Above: The boathouse’s private dock ; swimming and watching seagulls are two popular local pastimes.
Above: The boathouse has a kitchen, bathroom, and three bedrooms.
Above: Built-in seating is sited to take advantage of the sunset.
Above: Inside the boathouse, a large seating area is also suitable for dining.
Above: A sauna on the ground floor of the main house is adjacent to both the dock and a hot tub.
Above: In the kitchen is made-to-order cabinetry from family-owned woodworkers Lidhults, appliances from Aga and Gaggenau, concrete countertops, a Corian-topped center island, and an apron front farmhouse sink.
Above: During the recent remodel, a custom fireplace was added to the main floor of the house.
Above: Watery green tile and whitewashed shiplap cover the walls in a bathroom in the main house.
Above: Green paint in an upstairs bedroom echoes the watery color of the bathroom tile.
Above: Bedroom windows over the harbor, sea, and an archipelago of nearby islands.
Above: The house fronts the town’s main waterside street.
For more Scandi summer style, see:
- 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Scandinavia.
- Outbuilding of the Week: A Glassy Greenhouse in Sweden.
- Hotel Visit: An Enchanted Garden in Sweden.