Modern, 3BR/2B house (1100 SF), and barn (1200 SF), and bunk house (2 Beds, 100 SF) and garage, on elevated 3 acre, rocky,wooded, blueberried property with wonderful views of Burnt Coat Harbor on Swans Island. A short ferry ride to MDI and Acadia National Park. An easy walk (less than 1/2 mile) to the general store, ice creamery and fast food truck, sand beach, the post office and town hall. Longer walk or short drive to the island's Tea House Restaurant, library, fisherman's wharf/lobster coop, and swimming quarry. Easy access to biking and hiking trails and nature reserve. Short drive to the ferry.
An inexpensive ferry ticket will take you from Swans Island to Bass Harbor in about 30 minutes. In Bass Harbor you can boarad the LL Bean MDI bus, Which is free, and you can tour Acadia National Park, visit and shop Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Somesville, Bar Harbor, or Jordan Pond; or walk Acadia's Carriage Roads or hike Acadia's trails; go to the top of Cadillac Mountain (from which you can see Swans Island); or swim and Picnic at Echo Lake. The bus will get you back in time for the late afternoon ferry. The bus is free and it carries bikes. We supply information about the bus and ferry schedule and routes with our 'Welcome' packet which we mail to you with your reservation.
Wonderful summer stock theater is available in Somesville. Classical music concerts take place in Northeast Harbor. There are wonderful museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants all over MDI and nearby towns in Hancock County. All within easy reach. We can advise about scheduling and logistics.
Charter a motor launch or sail boat. Go whale watching. Explore nearby uninhabited islands. Go clamming on deserted beaches. We hope to offer a sail boat and motor boat with the property rental, soon. In the meantime local lobstermen sometimes offer rides on their lobster boats with trips to nearby Stonington, and mail boat rides to Frenchboro, on which you might see some seals, some eagles, other sea birds and rarely a whale.
The house is charming and immaculately clean and comfortable. It can sleep eight. Over eight can sleep in the barn, but you might want to supply some kind of pad or cushion or mattress or linens or blankets and pillows. There are two new, super comfortable, high end queen size beds, two twins, and a double bed sleeper sofa in the barn.
All the house water is from our well, tastes wonderful, is filtered and subject to UV light to kill any germs that might be in the well.
We are a family of 4. We have lived in suburban New Jersey. I commute to work at a large Japanese bank where I am a Senior Vice President. My husband is retired physician, having been in private practice for many years in Manhattan and on the teaching faculty of Columbia Universities College of Physicians and Surgeons. My son, age 23, is working as an intern in the Office of the Controller of the City of New York and finishing his degree at Hunter College. My 12 year old daughter, Amity, is a 7th grader and loves the piano, the dance, her camera, her iPhone, her dog Juno and her numerous friends and buddies.
We have been coming to Maine for the past 25 years. We started in Monhegan and then rented for a week or two for many successive summers, first in Bar Harbor, then Southwest Harbor, then Bass Harbor. We always thought we would buy on MDI. We love the park, Echo Lake, Long Pond, the theatre in Somesville, the music in North East Harbor and the boating and galleries and restaurants. We have looked every year for a place to buy but never found the 'just right' one, until we came out to Swans Island at the end of January 2012. We were stunned and speechless and driven to tears by the beauty of one property that we saw after another: by the beauty of the island, by the happy faces, laughter and smiles of the people coming to Swans on the ferry; and the sadness of the faces of the people leaving. his had never happened to us before, even as we looked up and down the coast over many,many years. We were compelled to buy this house, (and want so much to share it when we can't be there), by the character of this house and this place and its people, and by its proximity to Acadia and all that we love on MDI.
Over the years Acadia and MDI has gotten busier, more crowded and more expensive, though no less beautiful and no less fun. We have migrated away from the business and bother and noise and crowds and commecialism as we moved over the years from Bar Harbor to SW Harbor to Bass Harbor. Moving to Swans was the last step in that migration. It is quiet and small and intimate and friendly and gorgeous and safe. And still we can easily go and do all the things we have done for so many years on MDI and in Acadia.