Did we mention it has two white sand beaches, and it can be yours for $650,000?
In our list of the most drool-worthy real estate qualities, “private island” and “comes with a lighthouse” are pretty high up there. So imagine our delight when we stumbled upon this gem of a property in Brooklin, Maine – a one-acre spot of land in the middle of Blue Hill Bay that’s home to a historic lighthouse and keeper’s cottage.
Built in 1857 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse was once used to guide mariners to the thriving lumber port of Ellsworth, Maine. It was discontinued in the 1930s and the entire island was restored and converted into a private island residence in the ‘70s.
In addition to the lighthouse, the island comes with a 1,750-square-foot keeper’s cottage with four bedrooms, solar electricity, a wood stove in the living room, and gas stove in the kitchen. The home’s expansive porches and lawn space are perfect for gazing out at 360-degree views of the water, stretching as far as Isle Au Haut and the mountains of Acadia National Park.
Bordered by white sandy beaches (great for sea glass hunting!), the island also houses several outbuildings and a still-working automatic lighthouse on a skeleton tower.
The best part? The entire property and everything on it are up for sale for just $650,000. Worth it for an island and a lighthouse to call one’s own? We think so.