Islesboro Island

Real Estate properties of all kinds are readily available, including land and many styles of buildings and homes, as well as Shingle Style Cottages that are both seasonal and year round.  Shorefront and waterfront homes abound, with ample acreage associated with most.  Islesboro is the summer place of choice for many who have come here for years, and is well known as one of the world’s finest places to indulge in all sailing activities.  Plenty of protection in private sheltered coves, under the overhang of spruce and birch trees, unknown by many in the sailing community.  Should you choose to come, enjoy the hospitality and friendly atmosphere!  Give us a call!

Islesboro is located in Penobscot Bay about 90 miles east of Portland and 45 miles south of Bangor and consists of three distinct villages, namely Dark Harbor, Guinea, and Pripet.  It was called Long Island by the earliest settlers who arrived in the 1760′s, and is reached from Route #1 at Lincolnville Beach where a thirty+ car, 150+ passenger ferry that travels to Islesboro nine times daily during the summer season and at other times on its “non summer” schedule.  Crossing time is about 15 minutes.

Aerial photo of Islesboro and nearby islands

Aerial photo of Islesboro and nearby islands

At Glen Cove, midway between Camden and Rockland, Penobscot Bay Medical Center offers complete medical service. It is staffed by physicians and technicians fully accredited in all major areas of health care.  In Belfast, Waldo County General Hospital also serves residents of the Bay area. Kno Wal Lin Community Health Services, Inc., as well as several other area agencies provides home health care. Kno  Wal Lin works closely with the resident Physicians’ Assistant (PA) and the Health Center on Islesboro.

Grindle’s Point on Islesboro, where the ferry docks, features a lighthouse, public docking facilities, and a small marine museum, all open to summer visitors and residents. The town supported dock facilities are available to visitors at no charge, and are located at the terminal. From this area, by boat only, campers can reach Warren Island State Park, the only public camping area accessible to Islesboro. A picnic beach is located on Pendleton Point, the southern tip of the Island; a 2500 foot paved air strip, is midway along the West Bay Road. Island roads are well maintained by both Town and State funds.

The Town of Islesboro is governed by a five member Board of Selectmen elected in April of each year at the New England style town meeting.

Islesboro maintains its own School Administrative District (SAD). Grades K through 12 are housed in a beautiful stone structure (recently upgraded) on Warren’s Mountain. The building was converted from the old Attebury summer “Cottage.” Besides the regular school program there are Adult Education programs during the academic year. one The subjects are determined by interest of the students and the special skills of the instructors.

The United States Post Office, located about midway on the Main Road, provides regular mail service. United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedX is promptly and efficiently handled by a local express company.

At the finish line

At the finish line

The population of Islesboro is now approximately 600 in winter and 1100 1200 in the busy month of August. Winter residents include native islanders and a rather wide range of newer residents of varying age and interests who come to enjoy the beauty and pace of the life style. They share the variety of in and outdoor activities of island life. The summer colony includes families who have maintained homes since the last decade of the twentieth century, as well as a growing number of newer residents. Of the 600+- year-round residents, one-half are retirees!

Community activities offer interesting diversions: softball games, Exploring Islesboro for younger people, and the gala Fourth of July celebration are but a few. Children and adults alike enjoy the August “Great Ice Cream Cone Race” and the Fireman’s Picnic. The Islesboro Historical Society offers year round activity for all citizens who are interested in the historical aspects of the surrounding area. In summer the Society sponsors exhibits, concerts, and plays.

Islesboro provides a broad range of attractions. Three boat yards offer sales and service for all classes of water craft. Moorings and boat rentals can be readily obtained. There is a small, well managed library. Two markets supply food and provisions.  Four churches serve residents and visitors  Second Baptist Church, Free Will (UP Island) Church, Christ Church, and Saint Mary of the Isles.

Of the total housing units of 600+ in Islesboro, year-round housing totaled 272 with seasonal units numbering 341, all situated on the 8,300 acres comprising Islesboro and its satellite islands. This 8,300 acres is owned by some 700+ people who pay property taxes to the Town of Islesboro. These 700+ taxpayers own some 1100+ parcels of land as well comprising the 8,300 acres.