To buy this Down East island, you have to survive it one night


An island and cabin for sale a short boat ride from Jonesport and Addison offers restful sleep and no mosquitoes, but before you can buy them, you have to survive a night there.

This is one of owner William Milliken’s terms of purchasing this off-the-grid one-bedroom home and the entire island of Duck Ledges, also known as Wohoa Bay Island. It offers a rustic Down East getaway for those who don’t need indoor plumbing, heating or gas.

One of the rustic features of a home on Duck Ledges Island in Addison, Maine that is for sale. Credit: Courtesy of Dean Tyler Photography

The price of the house and the island is $339,000, just a little higher than the median sale price of a single-family home in Maine. This makes it one of the cheapest offshore islands in the state with a cottage included.

This comes with challenges, including the 10-minute boat ride to the mainland for supplies and the inability to secure insurance due to storm surges and other risks. Yet it offers a kind of rare peace.

“I had my best night’s sleep there in a hammock on the porch,” said Milliken, a realtor with listing firm Bold Coast Properties and a Jonesport selector.

Milliken, who has owned the property since 2008, said hundreds of people have expressed interest since he listed it in the spring – mostly those who saw it online and romanticized it – and about half a dozen projections. But so far no one has deposited any money.

“It’s not a place where you would spend the whole summer,” he said. “It’s for weekends or week-long retreats.”

The 540 square foot home features a combined living room and kitchen downstairs and a bedroom upstairs. The island is 1 1/2 acres with no trees, so it offers “nature views you won’t find anywhere else,” Milliken’s announcement reads. Sometimes this vision of nature is found in seals that come to nearby waters to give birth to their young.

This Duck Ledges Island home in Addison, Maine has 540 square feet of indoor space plus an outhouse. Credit: Courtesy of Dean Tyler Photography

Visits to the island began in earnest in the 1970s, when a Massachusetts family purchased it for $6,000. They floated an Airstream trailer there and built a wooden addition. A Massachusetts science teacher bought them and as he aged into his late 80s he was unable to maintain the property, so Milliken and a friend bought it in 2008 and built the house there. current.

Basic necessities are available at this 540 square foot home on Duck Ledges Island in Addison, Maine where you can spend a weekend off the grid and bring your own water. Credit: Courtesy of Dean Tyler Photography

They sold it a few years later to someone in Boothbay, but that owner got divorced a few years ago and sold the island back to Milliken and his friend. Milliken is selling because he bought another island he wants to focus on.

Taxes cost about $1,200 a year. It is not possible to obtain regular insurance for the island and the house due to its location and the potential dangers. He said water incursions are rare in the summer, but a northeast winter can bring debris near the house.

Dusk on this property on Duck Ledges Island in Addison, Maine brings stunning sunsets, lapping water and chirping birds. Credit: Courtesy of Dean Tyler Photography

The property includes a 2000 watt generator to support some lighting and electricity in the house. He said that with a cell phone hotspot it is possible to have internet and work from the island. Still, he realizes that the off-grid experience isn’t for everyone.

“Amazon doesn’t ship here,” he said. “But you can just walk away from it all and realize how big planet Earth really is.”


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