There’s an Adorable Cottage for Sale on Peaks Island

The two-bedroom abode can be found off the coast of Portland.

Photo via Port Island Realty

New England is home to a ridiculous amount of cute coastal cottages, but perhaps the cutest one of all just hit the market in Maine. This absurdly adorable abode for sale on Peaks Island might be too charming for its own good.

If you’ve never been to Peaks Island before, there are a few things you should know. It’s a quaint little island off the coast of Portland, brimming with beachy bungalows. The 720-acre hunk of land is a 20-minute ferry ride from downtown Portland. It’s been a popular summertime destination since the 19th century and is home to just under 1,000 year-round residents. Not to be missed is Peaks’ rocky coastline, which looks out to panoramic vistas of Casco Bay. The views are best enjoyed by bicycle—visitors can easily rent one at Brad’s Bike Rental & Repair on Island Avenue.

Island life seems pretty darn pleasant, right? It makes this this two-bedroom home all the more alluring.

The place is nestled on a side street not far from the ferry dock. Though it was built in 1900, the cottage has enjoyed renovations over the years—ones that balance the home’s historic features with more modern comforts. An array of solar panels on the building’s south-facing roof, for example, soak up enough energy to power the entire house. The home is almost completely net zero, meaning power costs are slim to none. For extra warmth on chilly nights, a wood stove in the main living area keeps things toasty.

The cottage boasts time-honored details like exposed beams, wide-pine floors, and plenty of quirky nooks and crannies. An open and airy living room leads to a dining area, and beyond it, a decent-sized kitchen offers shelving and an abundance of cabinets. The two bedrooms have built-in storage, and a sunlit mudroom makes space for stashing coats, boots, and gear. Outside, there’s a front porch, a rear deck with seasonal harbor views, and enough room in the yard for a garden.

Have you fallen in love yet? The cottage is listed for $349,000 by Port Island Realty. Take a tour of the rest of the home below.

Photo via Port Island Realty

Photo via Port Island Realty

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Photo via Port Island Realty

Photo via Port Island Realty

Photo via Port Island Realty

Photo via Port Island Realty

Photo via Port Island Realty

Photo via Port Island Realty

Photo via Port Island Realty

Photo via Port Island Realty

Photo via Port Island Realty

Photo via Port Island Realty

Photo via Port Island Realty

Photo via Port Island Realty

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Madeline Bilis Associate Editor at Boston Magazine @madelinebilis
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