East Sheep Island

For sale by owner - Contact owner@sheepisland.us


Imagine waking to the gentle chug of lobster boats heading out to sea from the unspoiled fishing villages of Beals and Jonesport, ME.  You let the dog out to romp through your private, spruce forested island while you prepare breakfast.  You complete your morning chores as you wait for the light fog to burn off, revealing the deepest blues and greens you ever saw in the color of the sea and the trees on the neighboring islands, a delightful contrast to the equally beautiful brooding skies and sea-green chop of the week before. As you head out to tour among the outer islands, you kayak past enormous granite ledges covered with seals hauled out to warm in the sun. A pair of dolphins glides effortlessly through the gentle swells just off your port beam.  Osprey and eagles climb into the sky from the tops of spruce towering above the shore in the distance. 

The most delightful legacy of the last ice age is the profusion of magnificent fjords, bays and archipelagos of islands that define the coast of Maine.  The islands were an important source of accessible timber in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the pastures of the cleared islands proved an ideal place to raise sheep since shepherds, fences and dogs were unnecessary to keep them contained and safe from wolves. For this reason, dozens to hundreds of the Maine coastal islands share variations of “Sheep,” “Ram,” “Goat,” etc. as their name. 

East Sheep Island, (coordinates 44.51277 degrees N; 67.62917 degrees W) just west of Beals Island, ME, is a pristine example of Maine’s beautiful islands.  It is about 14 acres of pink granite ledges, largely covered with a dense spruce forest.  There are also breathtaking sea grass meadows scattered with wild irises and rimmed by wild raspberries along the edges of the forest, and wild roses at the shore.  Because of the dramatic 12 - 15 ft tides here, some parts of the island are barred to neighboring islands at low tide but other parts enjoy deep water frontage at all tides.  There are many possible building sites and septic systems have been designed for the soils and geology of the island.  The island receives a strong cellular phone signal and is close enough to neighboring Beals and to Jonesport for commerce and help when needed, yet at the same time is completely private and isolated as only an island can be.

Beals and Jonesport remain authentic, hardworking fishing villages but with a small and thriving tourist economy to provide services and amenities to seasonal visitors.  It is easily reached in about two hours from Bangor International Airport.  Bar Harbor Airport offers regional jet service to Boston and other major airports and is just over one hour away.  In addition to the breathtaking scenic beauty of the region, and seafood so fresh and delicious you’ll never want to pay restaurant prices for it again, opportunities for recreational activities abound.  Tomorrow’s adventures might include fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, or in nearby lakes and streams; boating or sailing in spectacular crystal clear waters; charter tours to see whales or breeding grounds for Atlantic Puffins; playing golf; shopping and antique hunting in nearby Bar Harbor or New Brunswick, Canada; touring through forests and past magnificent craggy blueberry barrens on hundreds of miles of maintained ATV trails; or even staying home to perform the labor of love it takes to craft your own private domain into the home of your dreams. 

The islands of Maine, large and small, have been home to individuals, families and thriving communities for hundreds of years.  Modern construction services and technology options for power and communications have made island living more practical than ever before.  Experience the lifestyle raved about in recent magazines articles such as in DownEast (July 2006 and September 2015) and Time (Feb. 29, 2008).  East Sheep Island is now available for $795,000.  Seller may be willing to finance for qualified buyers.  Please send an email to owner@sheepisland.us if you are interested.

East Sheep Island is the largest of the three islands between Beals and Norton Islands in this satellite view.  Click the (+) and (-) buttons to zoom in and out and click "View Larger Map" to go to the Bing satellite map site to explore it with more options: