Buying an Island in Maine

Last weekend, Financial Times ran an excellent article titled, “The Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Private Island,” which featured Ram Island, currently listed for sale by LandVest in Camden, Maine. The article discussed the pros and cons of island ownership in different parts of the world with some well-researched tips for any prospective island owner.

Ram Island. in Financial Times
In Midcoast Maine, the waters are dotted with islands. Larger islands, such as Islesboro, Vinalhaven and North Haven, are inhabited year-round and serviced by ferry. Others are smaller, private, accessible only by boat, and afford owners the opportunity to “create your own kingdom just minutes from the mainland or miles offshore,” says LandVest broker Joe Sortwell in the article.

The article points out that building on an island is expensive and logistically challenging because all materials must be shipped from the mainland. Additionally, the island must be self-sufficient and sustainable. Just read our recent blog about the building of Ram Island to see what was involved, Ram Island – The Making of an Island Retreat.

Fortunately, it is possible to purchase your own island with the fundamentals in place. Nothing quite equals the tremendous sense of place that comes with being the steward of your own private kingdom. LandVest currently has several private islands for sale. Here is a selection:

Ram Island – Wheeler Bay, St George
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Located a stone’s throw from the mainland in Wheeler Bay, this 5± acre island is being sold with furniture, kayaks and a Boston Whaler for trips to and from the island. The charming four-bedroom residence was designed around a central courtyard. There are walking paths, two beaches, and comfortable living quarters with spectacular views.

White Island – Deer Isle
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This pristine island is in the famous boating waters of Eggemoggin Reach, between Deer Isle and Brooklin. 61± of the island’s 67± acres are being offered for sale along with a three-bedroom house, guest house, dock, and moorings. The stunning island offers freshwater springs, fields, forests, granite bluffs, and sandy beaches.

Sheephead Island – East Penobscot Bay, Deer Isle
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This 65± acre island includes two residences, miles of interesting shoreline with ledge, tidal pools and beaches. The island’s interior features fields, forests and a swimming pond. There is a deep-water dock with float and protected mooring. Conveniently, the island is accessible by vehicle during low tide.

For additional information about these properties, please contact Joe Sortwell, or Terry Sortwell, in our Camden office, 207-236-3543.