A remote, private island off the coast of Maine with a cottage but no indoor bathroom is looking for a hardy buyer, one that won’t mind washing up in the brisk Atlantic Ocean waters or relieving themselves in the nearby outhouse.
The cottage – and outhouse – are located on Duck Ledges Island, an off-the-grid 1.1-acre oasis about 80 miles east of Bangor, with a listing price of $339,000, according to the real estate listing.
The 540-square-foot fully-furnished, two-room cottage, built in 2009, boasts beautiful panoramic ocean views and wildlife sunbathing on the sandy beaches and rocks that ring the island.
‘The ledges surrounding the island are loaded with seals for constant entertainment,’ the listing reads. ‘As it has no trees, it offers views of nature that you can’t find anywhere else.’
A private island off the coast of Maine with a cottage (but no indoor bathroom) is looking for a hardy buyer who can withstand the elements when using the restroom
The cottage – and outhouse – are located on Duck Ledges Island, in Maine, with a listing price of $339,000
The 540-square-foot fully-furnished, two room cottage was built in 2009 and provides ocean views from every window
The island’s outhouse is ‘a one-holer,’ said Billy Milliken, an agent with Bold Coast Properties who currently owns the property
The cabin’s interior has wood-clad walls and timber-framed windows to enhance a rustic charm, and a pitched roof for a bigger sense of space. A wooden ladder provides access to two twin beds in a lofted sleeping area.
The cozy cottage also offers electricity and even WiFi, along with a swinging hammock on the covered front porch.
‘The cottage has a setback of 75 feet and is a well-built, solid structure. Water has never been in the home – as the building is on stilts,’ said Billy Milliken, an agent with Bold Coast Properties who currently owns the property.
What it doesn’t have is running water, heat – or a bathroom, so those in need of relief when nature calls will have to step outdoors or use the outhouse.
‘It’s a one-holer,’ Milliken said.
‘We’ll even throw in a half a bag of lime,’ he joked, referring to calcium oxide, a chemical often used as an odor control agent.
The top floor of the cozy cottage features a pair of beds and a nightstand – along with spectacular views
In the main downstairs portion of the home, prospective buyers can relax in the comfortable beach-type luxury chairs, complete with ottomans and a coffee table
An updated kitchen with custom cabinets matches the wood decor and a ladder from the main floor leads to the upstairs loft
The island is ringed by sandy beaches with patches of wild grass and giant rock formations
The property boasts incredible panoramic beachfront and seaside views of the sunrise and sunsets
Milliken, who lives across the inlet in nearby Jonesport, said there is only one way to rinse off just a short walk away.
‘At some point, you gotta wash (up). You can do that in the ocean, but it’s awfully cold in Maine,’ he quipped.
Average annual winter temperatures in the state range from 25 degrees Fahrenheit in the far south to less than 15 degrees in the northern and interior portions of the state, according to the Maine State Summaries webpage.
Prospective buyers will also need their own watercraft to take the ten-minute boat ride from the Jonesport Marina on the mainland.
Duck Ledges Island rests off the rugged Maine coast, with Jonesport Marina the closest boat-launch point
The outhouse is just a short walk away from the cottage itself, through sandy beach and wild grass
The cottage from the outside, which also includes a small propane grill and a tiny farmer’s porch with a hammock, typical of rustic New England charm
Prospective buyers will have to take a ten-minute boat ride to get to the island from the Jonesport Marina, and it has a deep-water landing zone for loading food and supplies on the northeast part of the property (pictured)
There is a deep-water landing zone for loading and unloading food and supplies on the northeast part of the island.
The agent/seller said the property is best-suited for someone who is a nature enthusiast or kayaker.
And while the amenities may be sparse, Milliken said that the remote beauty of the landscape and proximity to the ocean is what will likely attract a buyer.
‘It makes you feel small when you’re on the island,’ he said.
‘The seals, the seabirds, the eagles, and the noises they make at night. And what’s interesting about an island with no trees, you really get that sense of how small you really are.’