THE HOUSING MARKET
Imagine your dream home, overlooking Maine's picturesque Passamaquoddy Bay, with spectacular sunrises, creeping fog, and winter sea mist... all for a fraction of the big-city price.
The island city covers about 12 square miles, with Passamaquoddy and Cobscook bays within easy view from just about any home site. One of the reasons why Eastport is so attractive tor relocation to Maine is the wide range of housing types available for sale, from the inexpensive fixer-upper for under $50,000 to the three-story house built by a telecommuting couple that has magnificent views of Passamaquoddy Bay. Almost all of our telecommuters own their own homes, and many of them purchased their homes before moving full-time to the island.
The city once had over 5,000 people living in it. Now the population rests at about 1,300. While quite a few houses have been torn down in the past 50 years, there are still many ready for new owners. Eastport retains a gritty edge that appeals to its residents and is attractive to visitors. It’s authentic Downeast and hasn’t been gussied up to please the tourist trade at the expense of those who live and work here. The working waterfront gives a great deal of pleasure to those who choose to live on the upper stories of downtown buildings, with spectacular sunrises, creeping fog, rolling thunder clouds and winter sea mist. Mix in the engine thrum of lobster boats and draggers and the wail of the foghorns, and many consider it the heartbeat of the island.
The center of the city, just up from the downtown, boasts a concentration of sea caption houses from the early 19th century.
Many have been purchased and restored. Sometimes one will come on the market, usually in the upper $200,000 range, depending on its condition. Mixed in are more modest late 19th and early 20th century homes from two-story four-squares to a uniquely Eastport version of the Cape Cod style. The city proper offers the North End, including Dog Island, which provides larger lot sizes, and higher elevations along upper Clark Street. The South End ranges from more early 20th century factory-worker frame houses to large new homes overlooking Campobello Island and the town of Lubec across the bay. South End has a range of elevations, high to low, with many different types of properties available. Many of our telecommuters love living in the city proper for its walkability.
For those who don’t mind a short drive or bike ride, Quoddy Village, outside of the city proper, also offers a range of properties, from the small wooden house in the village proper to large estates on Toll Bridge Road. The winding streets are fun to explore. Wherever you turn, you will find a house bursting with homeowner pride cheek to cheek with a house that needs a whole lot of elbow grease.
Kendall’s Head, Redoubt Hill and Carlow Island offer opportunities for those with an inclination for a larger home with stunning views.
We encourage you to visit local real estate offices, speak to realtors about listings, and also check with the city hall office to see if there are any foreclosures coming up for public bid. In addition, The Quoddy Tides newspaper classifieds will sometimes have properties for sale by owner, with a recent summer issue listing five, from a one-story, three-bedroom house offered at $27,000 to an antique salt box offered at $118,000.