Clapboard Island

Set on 22 acres with 3,200’ of owned water frontage, this one of a kind historic Clapboard Island property built in 1898 is the ideal summertime estate and family compound. Situated on a 40 acre island, Clapboard Island is located six miles North of beautiful downtown Portland and one mile across from Falmouth Town Landing in the most pristine sailing area of Casco Bay. So Private yet close to everyday living!

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Set on 22 acres with 3,200’ of owned water frontage, this one of a kind historic Clapboard Island property built in 1898 is the ideal summertime estate and family compound. Situated on a 40 acre island, Clapboard Island is located six miles North of beautiful downtown Portland and one mile across from Falmouth Town Landing in the most pristine sailing area of Casco Bay. So Private yet close to everyday living!

Surrounded by the serene waters of Casco Bay, residents have easy access to the property’s five swimming beaches and beautifully maintained hiking trails that meander through the 22 acres. The home has been meticulously restored with all utilities, an extensive well system and generator and solar power for electricity. Stepping through the wide four foot Dutch doors is like stepping back in time, only with all the comforts of home. The house has been furnished with authentic period furniture that is comfortable and relaxed. The compound amenities include 10 bedrooms, 13 working fireplaces, seven full baths and two half baths, a large original stone pier, a shingle style boathouse, children's playhouse, helicopter pad, a fully furnished guest house, and a large barn. Just off the shore, Little Clapboard Island is included in the sale and can be accessed from the main island at low tide.

In 1897 Samuel F. Houston, principal of the Pennsylvania Railroad, visited the island and Casco Bay to hunt and fish and proceeded to fall in love with the area. He promptly purchased Clapboard Island and began construction the following summer with friend and architect, Joseph M. Huston. Samuel Houston brought oxen over on barges and hired 100 local artisans to complete the island home in 100 days. With his position in railroads, he was able to transport special pine from Oregon. The original pine is still in the home and has been restored to its natural luster. The following summer, the Houston family began summering at the property and continued to do so throughout their lifetime as did their children and grandchildren. The home was passed through the family until the late 90s when the current sellers purchased the property.

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