House For Sale on Swan's Island | The Island With 351 Friends
To reach the third property, a six-room, three-story home recently built on high ground overlooking 293 feet of spectacular ocean frontage, we drove for several miles on the winding dirt byway known as Red Point Road. The price, $469,000, includes a bit more than three acres and all the amenities necessary in a year-round home: oil heat, a septic system, a well, modern appliances, and so forth. The interior is beautifully done, with lots of glass, high ceilings, and wooden beams, and the large wraparound deck overlooks the surf crashing on the rocks below, as well as nearby Long Island, home to the town of Frenchboro–truly, a view to die for.The next place we visited was actually two properties combined. One is a traditional six-room, three-bedroom (1-1/2 baths) farmhouse with a view of the water (which could be improved with some trimming), a good well and septic system, hot-air heating, and nice landscaping on about an acre. The other is reached by walking across the street and onto a path (still on the property) leading down to the shore. There’s about 100 feet of water frontage. But the most dramatic and unusual feature of this combined property is situated down there on a large old dock: namely, a picturesque, extremely weathered, two-story shingled building, once used by fishermen but now empty. It looks across Mackerel Cove to the ferry landing in the distance. In fact, on our return ferry ride later that afternoon, we could easily spot it. That old building is a prominent landmark. Price for both properties combined: $430,000.
By this time, we were all hungry for lunch. So Belinda drove to a little takeout and store called the Carrying Place Market, where we purchased delicious sandwiches and proceeded to nearby Hockamock Head Light, from which one can take in the vastness of the open Atlantic Ocean. A wonderful place for our picnic.
After lunch we proceeded to inspect almost an acre of available land on both sides of Ferry Road, with 156 feet of water frontage on Mackerel Cove. We walked up through tall grass and bushes to the high ground, where we’d locate our new house. Nice view. Price: $127,000. Belinda said that she had several other pieces of waterfront land as well.
A bit later, as we were about to bid Belinda and Christal a fond farewell and board the ferry, Belinda handed us a sheet of general information about Swan’s Inland in which we found the following quote: “Swan’s Island is ideal for those who are skilled at entertaining themselves in fog or sunshine and who prefer an hour of beachcombing to an hour of bowling and a good book to a movie.”
So, well, we think we’d be happy living on Swan’s Island. On the other hand, how could we ever remember the names of 351 people?
Contact Belinda Doliber and/or Christal Applin at Burnt Coat Harbor Real Estate, Swan’s Island Village, Swan’s Island, ME 04685. 207-526-4430; 207-266-7614 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.org