Built by a Boston banker as a year-round retirement home, the Charles MacDonald house also served as Monhegan's weather station, sending thrice daily weather reports to the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. Set atop Horn Hill the home is built for energy efficiency, use solar power for lighting, propane for refrigeration, cooking, and heating (with wood supplement), and a generator for well pump, washer, and other heavy-draw appliances. A new septic system was recently installed.
Decks on two sides provide distant views out to sea. The home has four bedrooms, a bath and half, open first floor plan including a well-laid-out kitchen dining, and living area. Compact and efficient, the new owner can enjoy privacy as well as the opportunity to become a part of an island community with deep roots in Maine's historic and cultural life.