Whenever I take a tour of one of our properties, I play the If This Were My House game. Usually, I begin by imagining where I’d pay homage to my favorite objet d’art and end with holiday decorating. However, when LandVest broker John Scribner took me out to his latest Maine real estate offering, my mind began to race, and the If This Were My Island game began.
House Island in Casco Bay is not our usual, extraordinary LandVest listing. You might call it extra-extraordinary. With its perfect, near-shore but private and protected location, it has the ingredients to make it an exemplary LandVest listing. An exemplary listing which includes the added bonus of owning your own Fort. Not a tree-house kind of fort, but, a circa 1807 Civil War fort with subterranean rooms, tunnels and stairways of granite and brick. The kind of fort thatsent my imagination into marathon mode. Even if, in the end, its best use is to leave it as is, how fun to say, “I am the proud steward of Fort Scammel.”
As with our other “private islands for sale”, how nice to never have to worry about who is going to buy the abutting properties, and how incredible it would be to start and finish your morning and evening commute by boat, or perhaps only leave the island when in need of a night out at one of Portland’s fine restaurants. And for those who are lovers of all creatures great and small, the abundant ocean life – seals, ospreys, gulls and the resident family of deer–are sure to cause one to stop and gaze. Yes, House Island with the included Fort Scammel, appeals on so many levels:
- History – Circa 1808 Fort Scammel, was originally built as an eight-sided wooden blockhouse and intended to protect the harbor from the British. From the 1840′s to the 1870′s, the fort was modernized and enlarged with granite bastions and earthworks for the coastal defense of the United States. It was touted as one of the best-preserved Civil War era forts in existence. The Island also served as a quarantine station for immigrants.
- So close but so far away – The privacy and quiet of a remote island, yet just a quick 5 minute boat ride to Portland, Maine, and all its rich cultural and epicurean offerings.
- Family Compound/Corporate Retreat – Complete with three ready-to-renovate residences, and ample room to roam. It’s no wonder why, over the years, the island has hosted countless corporate events and private family celebrations.
If this were my island, my stewardship would begin with an extended friends and family grand lobster bake, including volleyball, badminton, and Wiffle Ball. I would ask my friend to bring his guitar for when we gather ’round the beach-side bonfire, and then with a gathering of the troupes we’d head out for a twilight tour through Fort Scammel to the room where they used to store gunpowder and where I have made one of the coolest wine cellars in the world! (Note, the wine cellar is purely imaginary).
If you missed all the talk about House Island, click on videos and news links below:
Peaksfest Backdrop for House Island Listing
Private Island in Portland Harbor is For Sale
What Does 4.8 Million Get You? Plenty of Privacy!
Opinion: House Island Sale Shows Need for Public Land Fund
For more information or to arrange for a visit to House Island , please contact John Scribner at 207-874-2057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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