Current Projects


Conceptual rendering of the new Jones Marsh neighborhood

Conceptual rendering of the new Jones Marsh neighborhood

In October 2018, Island Housing Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust partnered to purchase a 60-acre parcel of land in Bar Harbor, on Route 3, at the head of Mount Desert Island. MCHT protected 30 acres of wetlands, and IHT purchased the 30 acres of uplands for year-round housing, permanently affordable to people earning a median income on Mount Desert Island.

IHT is raising $300,000 to break ground next spring - and you can help.

Make a donation today!

sale pending: 22 Farnhams Way, Somesville


22 Farnhams Way is one of nine-energy efficient houses in the Ripples Hill neighborhood in Somesville. Built in 2010, this sun-filled house has 3 bedrooms (1 on the first floor), a spacious kitchen with peninsula and pantry, 2 baths (one with walk-in shower), an open plan living area, and a laundry room with washer and dryer. The home also includes a covered front porch, a back porch with storage area, a 4-foot basement, and a generator.


Applicants pre-approved as eligible for IHT’s programs receive first notice of properties when they come up for sale. To submit an application for pre-approval:

  1. Check the Eligibility Requirements

  2. Read the Affordability Covenants

  3. Download the Personal Data Sheet (application) under the How to Apply tab

UNDER CONTRACT: 112 Beech Hill Road

This project began with a generous summer resident willing to donate, and move, a small house on condition that it be occupied by a year-round resident employed on MDI. Next, Mount Desert residents voted at their Town Meeting to donate a small parcel on Beech Hill Road. Todd Stanley of Downeast Home Design contributed the design with which Gott & Sons built the foundation (left); Peacock Builders donated a portion of their labor cost for carpentry work; Roger St. Armand of Atlantic Resource Co. facilitated a donation of an EnrivoFin septic system from Maine Septic and Plumbing; Linda Higgins contributed real estate expertise; and Mike Tadenev at Eaton Peabody provided free legal services. IHT is grateful to the donors of the house and the many local partners and advisors who helped make this new affordable, year-round home available.  Watch the big move below.

SOLD: 13 Sylvan Road

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Island Housing Trust purchased this 1889 home in Northeast Harbor in 2017, a new venture for IHT and a beautiful new opportunity for affordable homeownership in an iconic village neighborhood.  The first renovation project of its kind for IHT, this three-bedroom house has been completely remodeled and awaits a year-round household to call it home.