Is This The Ultimate Reading Retreat?


If you were to draw up the ideal reading retreat, this 500 square-foot, self-sufficient cabin on a largely uninhabited island off the coast of Maine would come pretty darn close.

Designed for a journalism professor by his architect son, The Porter House sits on 3/4ths of an acre on Ragged Island, a .7 square mile island that is one of the easternmost islands off the coast of Maine.

Bruce Porter, the owner, bought the plot of land more than thirty years ago, but the house was only recently completed, and it takes advantage of many recent developments in sustainable architecture (including re-using gray water, solar panels, advanced insulation materials) to be completely off-the grid, which is a necessity in this remote location that is often inaccessible during inclement weather.

The project cost about $150,000 (not including the property itself), which seems a pretty fair deal for those views, that ease of living, and as much quiet as you can handle.

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