Ahoy, aspiring wickies and all landlubbers who have ever dreamed about owning a remote lighthouse keeper’s cottage in the wilds of Maine! A rare opportunity to buy an idyllic spread on the rugged and remote coast of Isle Au Haut has recently popped up for sale with a sea-soaked $1.975 million price tag.
Located on the northwestern area of the island, the home in question is sited on two gentle acres of prime beachfront Maine land near Penobscot Bay. Isle Au Haut is only accessible from the mainland via a year-round ferry that operates from the tiny town of Stonington, and according to the 2010 census, the island’s titular town has a population of just 71 people. In other words, it’s quite far off the beaten track! Because of its remoteness, the island was only just connected to electricity in 1977 and received telephone service in 1980, so the property would be perfect for someone looking for a harmonious combination of solitude and stunning surroundings. Thankfully the estate is entirely self-sufficient — it’s powered by photovoltaics and gets fresh water from the ocean via a reverse osmosis system.
Previously, the lighthouse keeper’s cottage was used as an inn, so if a new owner is looking to share Maine’s beauty with some paying guests, that’s within the cards. However, it should be noted that the home does not have central heat so it would ideally be used as a summer residence. In addition to the four-bedroom main house, the roomy two-acre lot also offers a two-bedroom guesthouse, two sleeping cabins, a boathouse, a deep-water dock and … an outhouse! Though presumably (and hopefully) the outhouse is more of a novelty than a necessity.