It seems Maine is the place to be if you want a huge wad of land to yourself. From the town of Hibberts Gore with a population of 1, to Duck Ledges Island, which has one sole owner and part-time resident, Charlotte Gale, these towns are the epitome of solitude in nature.
Gale’s neighbors include sunbathing seals, quacking ducks, soaring birds and frolicking fish.
In order to qualify for the Duck Ledges Island offer pool, the island’s past owner, Billy Milliken, required a one-night-stay on the island to test the owner’s compatibility with the island. Gale notes it was practically love at first sight when she landed on Duck Ledges Island and was sold within the first few minutes-although she did stay the required night in addition to 4 other interested parties.
The listing and its unique requirements went viral, even sparking interest with author Stephen King who tweeted “there’s a novel here, just waiting to be written.”
Just 10 minutes from the coast of Maine
While the idea of an isolated island might sound intimidating, it is just a 10-minute boat ride from Jonestown, Maine. However, the island life lacks modern amenities-it’s not for the faint of heart. With no heat and no running water an outhouse is the only place to use the restroom and the ocean is your shower.
May through Septmeber are the best months on the island, where you can enjoy the sun, swim, make friends with baby sea pups, and gaze at a clear night sky from a hammock. The lack of trees on the island also makes for unobstructed views of the water from the 540-square-foot cottage.
Milliken notes an island with real estate lodging is a rare find. Many zoning laws today would never allow for a cottage of any size to be built on an island. And the sturdy cottage holds its own against the risk of nasty New England storm damage.
The cozy cabin and smooth stone island are set on Wohoa Bay in Maine. The cabin is just 20 feet from the water where the 1.5-acre island sits.