You Can Buy Your Own Private Island in Maine for Under $340,000

published Apr 29, 2022
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Coastal Maine

It may not be the hot-and-balmy tropical island many of us dream of being wealthy enough to purchase, but Duck Ledges Island is perfect for those who enjoy peace, quiet, and solitude. 

Located off the coast of Maine in Wohoa Bay, between Acadia National Park and the Canadian border, Duck Ledges Island is a barely-there piece of land spanning 1.5 acres. It has a 540-square-foot cabin, a ramshackle outhouse, a suitcase generator and it’s being sold for just under $340,000.

But there’s a catch. Owner Billy Milliken wants any prospective buyer to spend a night on the island before going through with the deal.

“Sometimes you think you’re Davy Crockett, but you’re really Betty Crocker,” Milliken told The Washington Post. He said that the overnight stay has held up previous offers in the past simply because some people just can’t hack it. 

Milliken has owned the island for the past 15 years, during which he completely renovated the former cabin, initially with the intention to flip the property within a few years. But during the renovation process, Milliken found himself falling for the island and instead kept it in the family for over a decade.

Like the former owner who sold him the island, Milliken is looking for someone who is really going to appreciate the island for its solitude. He imposed a no-cellphones rule during his tenure and is hoping the next caretaker will appreciate the property for what it is rather than what it isn’t. Duck Ledges Island is being sold through Bold Coast Properties for $339,000, so if you’re interested in giving Milliken’s test a go, then grab flashlights, campfire essentials, and gas for the generator and inquire within.