The "DIAMONDS", GREAT & LITTLE, are just that. Gems in the waters of Casco Bay just a short ferry boat ride from downtown Portland - any time of the year. During low tide, Great Diamond and Little Diamond Island are connected by a land bridge.
These island are best suited for summer living although about 25 people live on Great Diamond year-round. The year round population on Little Diamond is even less.
There are no cars or stores on Little Diamond. One store open in the summer on Great Diamond. They are an oasis of quaint cottages enjoyed by those who treasure their privacy amidst the beauty of a Maine Island. It's no more complicated than that!
Diamond Cove, on Great Diamond Island, has attracted artists and vacationers for more than 200 years. Notable visitors included Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
By the turn of the century, Diamond Cove had been transformed into a U.S. Army stronghold. The heart of Diamond Cove is Fort McKinley, designed to defend Portland Harbor during the Spanish-American War. Built between 1891 and 1907, Fort McKinley housed more than 1,000 soldiers in brick barracks and Queen Anne-style officers’ quarters surrounding a stately parade ground. The fort was retired from active service in 1945.
After decades of neglect, the fort has been restored to its original elegance. Barracks and officers’ quarters have become gracious homes with slate roofs, wooden porches, grand staircases and fireplaces. The former Quartermaster's storehouse is a fine restaurant; the wagon shed is an art gallery. Diamond Cove is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and every effort is made to preserve its architectural integrity.
What is considered a shoreland in Maine is important when you are thinking about long-term options for your property.
All land within 250 feet of the highwater line of any pond over 10 acres, any river that drains at least 25 square miles and all tidal water and saltwater marshes
All land with 250 feet of a freshwater wetland over 10 acres.
All land within 75 feet of streams that are outlet of great ponds or streams below the confluence of 2 perennial streams.
Real Estate Values Although not true in all cases, real estate prices tend to be less expensive the farther up the Maine coastline you go and the farther inland you travel.
Maine has long been a destination for second homes either along the coast or one of our beautiful lakes or rivers.
Following several years of depressed pricing, the market is improving and it appears to be a good time to make a purchase.
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