The oldest home currently on the market in the state of Maine can now be yours.
Dating to the early 1700s, the Colonial-style home may be the oldest residence on this small island along Maine’s southern coast,
“You sort of look around and you go, ‘wow.’ You can just feel it. You walk into this house, and you really have a sense of [the] history that’s there,” says listing agent Terry Sortwell of LandVest. “It’s just the proportions of the windows, the layout of the house, the stairs are a little steeper than they would be today. You get this feeling of timelessness.”
The 2,558-square-foot house has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Despite its age, this home comes with modern conveniences, including a pool.
“It was purchased by the current owners in the late 1990s, and they completely restored it … with some new things like a new kitchen and new bathrooms,” says Sortwell.
The property also comes with what the owner calls his Think House, a small studio with a bookcase and slate fireplace.
“It matches the historic building … and is an open, lovely studio or office,” Sortwell explains.
The 6-acre property sits on Crabtree Point, which is about 37 acres of conservation land on Penobscot Bay. It’s partly on an easement held by Acadia National Park, and the owner of this property and a few other residents have the right to walk on the conservation land and use the existing deep-water wharf.
“It is some of the most beautiful property that you’ll see in terms of beaches, rocks, granite ledges, and fields,” says Sortwell. “The views are expansive looking down the fields over the conservation land. No one is ever going to build down there, and no one is ever going to interrupt your view.”
North Haven is a 70-minute ferry ride from the mainland and has about 200 year-round residents. The summer population is about three times that, which is still small.
“A lot of summer people have been coming there with their families for a hundred-plus years,” Sortwell explains, noting the area is known for its fishing and lobstering. “The locals are fishing, or doing carpentry work, caretaking, or running the businesses that are out there on the island.”
The island is a perfect place for a getaway.
The perfect buyer “is somebody who wants a quiet lifestyle with access to the water and the ability to be out in nature and wants to use it as a retreat,” Sortwell says. “It’s certainly not splashy. We attract a lot of people to Maine who are a little more individualistic perhaps.”
It’s for “people who don’t want to be on Nantucket or don’t want to be in the Hamptons. They’re looking for something a little bit different,” Sortwell says.