For 40 years, En Fin’s (house’s name) gabled roof and massive size have made it a landmark for sailors like Mrs. Engle and her husband, who first saw the home from the water.
Dao Engle, some neighbors and a handful of local kite-boarders stood on a sand dune on Pocomo Head along Nantucket Harbor this past June and watched nervously as her 10,000 square-foot home, which had been separated from its foundation and placed on a series of steel moving rails, began its very slow, very short trip to safety.
After seven years of planning and four months of preparation, En Fin, as the house is named, was at last fleeing the fast-eroding bluff that was on its way to undermining its foundation.
In August of 2012, the Engles, who are investors and real-estate developers, purchased the home for $8.4 million from Nicki Nichols Gamble, former Planned Parenthood executive and widow of Procter & Gamble heir Richard Gamble. The home was endangered by the eroding edge of the bluff, which was 25 feet from the home at the time of purchase. The need to relocate or replace the enormous structure was baked into the price, which was very low for a luxury home on seven waterfront acres on Nantucket. Initially, the Engles thought they’d replace it.
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