An idyllic setting on a small island 5 miles from the mainland of Maine is now available for $1,975,000.
“I forget how beautiful it is out there, especially on a blue sky day. It’s one of the most beautiful properties I’ve ever seen in my life,” says the listing agent, Jamie O’Keefe. “What’s cooler than living in a lightkeeper’s house on the ocean in Maine?”
It has four bedrooms and two bathrooms—all with views of the sparkling blue water.
“They all have the views of the water, which is really pretty amazing. Some of them have views of the ocean and the lighthouse,” O’Keefe says, adding that the bedrooms are a good size, even though the home is over a century old.
The bathrooms are basic, but provide all the necessities—and more.
“The views from the bathroom have to be seen to be believed,” says O’Keefe. “You’re looking at crashing surf and offshore islands. It’s pretty spectacular.”
The lighthouse was also erected in 1907. It’s known as Robinson Point Light, because it was built on land once owned by Charles E. Robinson.
The 40-foot tall lighthouse stands sentry on a rocky outcropping. It’s owned and maintained by the town of Isle au Haut—so it is not part of the sale.
“You get to enjoy this beautiful view of the lighthouse in your front yard—without having to pay for the upkeep,” O’Keefe notes.
On this small, remote island in the Gulf of Maine, the property and the lighthouse remain relatively private.
“It’s not like a lighthouse on the Jersey Shore or Cape Cod, where you’re going to have thousands of tourists coming every day,” O’Keefe says. “Here, you may have a visitor a day during the high season come and take a selfie in front of the lighthouse.”
The house has been used as an inn and a vacation rental. It is used solely as a summer home at present.
“It does have some heat, but you couldn’t stay there year-round,” O’Keefe explains.
What the home currently lacks in warmth, it will make up in the ease of moving in, when the winter weather melts away. The house comes fully furnished, with everything you’d need.
“It’s very rustic, but in a really nice condition. It really is a throwback in time,” says the agent.
Speaking of throwbacks, there’s also an outhouse, which still works and was originally built for the main house.
The island has a small year-round population that increases in the summer. It’s only accessible by private boat or a daily ferry.
For ease of getting back and forth to the mainland, the property comes with a boathouse and its own deepwater dock.
For those inclined to outdoor pursuits, the location is hard to beat.
About half of the island is part of Acadia National Park, with hiking trails, O’Keefe points out, so the rustic atmosphere is in no danger of being disturbed. The list price includes an SUV and an ATV that will help you get around the tiny island.
The house is off the grid, with solar and generator power. A reverse-osmosis system provides the home with water originally from the ocean.
A buyer who wants to house multiple guests has several options. On the edge of the property is a secluded two-bedroom guesthouse with a kitchen and living space, as well as two separate sleeping cabins, one of which is known as the Oil House.
“It was originally there to store the oil for the lighthouse, back in the day,” O’Keefe explains. “It is a little whitewashed cabin with a heat stove and a little porch, overlooking the water.”
The main, 2,500-square-foot house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was operating as an inn known as the Keeper’s House from the late 1980s until 2007. The current owner bought the property in 2012 and rented the house to vacationers.
It’s now ready for someone new to enjoy.
“It’s probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life. You either walk up or drive up that road, and you see the house with the ocean beyond the lighthouse and every stress just melts. It’s magic,” O’Keefe says.