Tranquility Beckons a Buyer to Stone Cottage and Lighthouse on a Private Island in Maine

Peace and privacy all summer long? A queue of hopeful buyers sure were tempted by the prospect at unique property in Maine.

A lighthouse and stone cottage built in 1937 on a private island in Canton, ME, is on the market for $425,000. And after a little more than a month, the listing is in contingent status.

“We have had a lot of interest in the property,” says listing agent Adrian Wadsworth, of Meservier & Associates. “It is already under contract with an offer that was sight unseen, and we have several backup offers.”

Perched in 600-acre Lake Anasagunticook, the cozy, 480-square-foot, studio-style space has a kitchen, small dining area, and a bedroom with a double bed and bunk beds. The scenic body of water spans two towns.

A new dam system controls the depth of the clean, well-kept lake, Wadsworth says.

It’s a perfectly tranquil, summertime getaway. It might be less appealing in cooler months, though.

“It’s not a winter property, as it is not insulated, but the stone home does have propane heat and a fireplace,” Wadsworth notes.

Aerial view


People from as far as California have called about the listing. The buyer will be the home’s fourth owner.

“We had a person who wanted a retreat for their wife to get away, and others have said they are interested in having a place to escape,” Wadsworth says. “People have also thought about turning it into an Airbnb.”

Sleeping area


The lighthouse tower is, of course, the property’s most distinguishing feature.

“It does not have an operational light of any sort,” Wadsworth says. “The lighthouse has glass all the way around and is 18 feet tall.”

The tiny island is accessible only by boat, but “you could set up a dock to accommodate a float plane,” he notes.

There is already a small dock in place, where a 14-foot boat could be moored.

“People have kayaked out there on occasion, as well,” Wadsworth says.

Renovations could be made on the place but would require extra effort, given the cottage’s semiremote location.

“It makes it difficult if you are going to do work on the cottage, but it really doesn’t need anything, as concrete is forever,” Wadsworth points out.

Kitchen and dining area


When it comes to bathroom facilities, well, you’ll have to rough it.

“It could be dealt with [with] a composting toilet or propane tanks,” Wadsworth says. “It is a small island, so you couldn’t put a septic field out there or sewer, so that presents challenges.”

Propane is used to power lights, the stove, and refrigerator.

“There is also a small generator to pump in water from the lake,” he says. “It’s not a fancy place, but it is basic and done very tastefully.”




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