This summer island paradise in Maine offers up plenty of privacy and charm.
“From Mark Island, you have an unlimited 360-degree view of some of the most precious landscapes in all of Maine,” explains listing agent Lili Pew, of The Knowles Company. “There’s a peacefulness. The essence of Mark Island is you get on a boat, you go out to this beautiful 2.7-acre island, and you leave the rest of the world behind.”
The island, the lighthouse, and the keeper’s home on it are on the market for $2.3 million.
“You’re surrounded by the sounds of the ocean, the peacefulness, the serenity of it. It is you and nature and the ocean and your thoughts,” she says. “It’s the perfect place to re-find your soul after living in a very busy, hurried, and hectic world.”
Some of the structures on the island date to 1856, and the three-bedroom lightkeeper’s home was built a short time later. It retains a rustic feel, but a new owner won’t have to rough it.
“The owner has done a fantastic job of updating the property. He has done a wonderful job of making it comfortable and very habitable,” Pew says. “It’s not modern new construction. It has been updated and renovated over the course of time.”
The current owner, who bought the property in 2004, installed solar panels, updated the dock and float, and made other improvements, Pew says.
“You have two nice full baths and soaker tubs, so you have all of the comforts you want,” she continues. “You’re going out to the island to step away from modern world and step back in time and have peace and serenity in a comfortable and wonderful place.”
Pew says many of the furnishings convey with the sale, which also includes several small buildings on the isle.
The lighthouse was decommissioned in the early 1930s and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The owner installed a light so it is illuminated, but the lighthouse does not serve as an official aid to navigation.
The mainland of Winter Harbor, ME, is just a short boat ride away. Not designed for year-round living, the island provides a seasonal retreat.
“Access out to the island once you get into late fall and winter is challenging,” Pew explains. “As with most outer islands, the dock gets put away for the winter, so it is a seasonal property.”
It’s perfect for a buyer who wants to get away and enjoy the ocean and the ability to head to the mainland and enjoy nearby Acadia National Park, Pew says.
“It is a step back in time, and it is a place where you let the rest of the busyness of the world fall away,” Pew says. “It is one of the most peaceful places I have ever been on in my life, and you just allow your thoughts and your soul to become one with the environment.”