0 Foster's Way, Crystal, Maine, 04747
The Crystal Stream Retreat property is located 1.5 miles from a public maintained road. It is surrounded by large tracts of Maine working forest land, as well as several trout streams. The property consists of 166+- acres of land with over 7200 feet of trout stream frontage. Improvements to the compound consists of a main lodge building of 2000+- square feet of living space, as well as 3 stand-alone bunkhouses that add an additional 480 square feet of housing. The main lodge has a large commercial kitchen, dining room, sleeping accommodations for up to 15 guests. There are 5 full bathrooms within the main lodge, and one of the bunkhouses has its own full bath. The buildings were built in 2006 of wood frame construction. The interior is v-match pine lumber, and the exterior is natural cedar lumber. The roofing is metal to provide many years of service.
The main lodge building sits on a four-foot tall, poured concrete frost wall. Heating for the lodge as well as the bunkhouses is provided by direct vent, propane heaters. There is also a wood stove in the great room to keep everyone comfortable on the coldest of winter nights. Power for the complex is provided by a large propane generator with battery storage and an inverter. A drilled well and two separate septic systems round out the improvements to the off-grid homestead.
If you are looking for an off-grid retreat property, a private hunting camp or an off-grid homestead, this property needs to be on your shortlist. Have you dreamt about owning a Maine sporting camp? This is an opportunity to do just that. This is an opportunity to fulfill your dream of living “Maine, the way life should be”. Call today.
The community of Crystal, ME is in Aroostook County between the towns of Island Falls to the east, and Patten to the west. The area is predominately working forest and farmland. Crystal is a small community of 269 residents. The town of Patten is the location to find a grocer, hardware store, and other small businesses including healthcare. The community of Houlton to the north is where more shopping, dining and healthcare can be obtained.
This area is quiet, and residents have a close connection to the forests and farmland. They work in and upon these areas, and when the work is done this is also where they play. Numerous streams, ponds and lakes are close by to try your hand at catching native brook trout, landlocked salmon, or smallmouth bass. The dense forest and field edges are where you may catch sightings of moose, bear, and white tail deer. Ruffed grouse, snowshoe hares and other forest animals are found here. On a recent winter visit to the property, fresh tracks of fisher, ermine and river otter were found in the fresh snow around the property. Frequent sightings of eagles and osprey soaring overhead are common.
ATV and snowmobile enthusiasts can explore the vast trail system through the millions of acres of northern Maine forest. Hikers have nearby access to the Appalachian Trail that passes by the area in nearby Baxter State Park. Mount Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain, is viewed as you enter the town of Patten. Let the southern Aroostook County community of Crystal be your next home and experience “Maine, the way life should be.”
Outdoor recreation of all types can be found on and around the property. Several miles of live water can be accessed directly from the property. Canoeing, kayaking and trout fishing can be enjoyed from April thru September. Hiking, ATV riding, and many types of hunting are available here too. The woodlands surrounding the property are a drainage area for the Katahdin Valley. The woodlands hold a lot of water, which provides great habitat for moose, deer, bear, and all manner of small game. This region has produced many of Maine’s largest trophy animals that have been harvested over the years. During the winter months, the consistent snowfall of the area beckons snowmobile enthusiasts to the area to enjoy some of the best riding found in Maine.
The over 7200 feet of frontage along Crystal Brook that abuts the property flows into Fish Stream. Mainer’s are known for their ability to name the natural features of the state. What could be a more accurate name for a place to go catch some trophy trout than Fish Stream? It is rumored that 20” brook trout have been pulled from the crystal-clear pools that are found along the stretch of Crystal Brook that directly abuts the property and flows into Fish Stream. Beaver, otter, mink as well as many species of migratory waterfowl are frequent visitors to the property.
The 166+- acres of land that comprise the acreage being sold, is bounded on one side by Lyman Brook and Crystal Stream. The other boundaries are relatively well marked with painted lines. The abutting properties are large timber holdings, with very few interior roads. This provides a great deal of privacy. Access to the property is along a 1.5-mile-long ROW road that dead ends at the compound. Two gates can be secured to further limit access if you so desire. The forest is made up of predominantly mixed wood stands. The primary merchantable stems that were observed on a recent hike through the tract were aspen of about 30-40 years old. The working forest surrounding the property provide miles of unbroken woodland that is home to moose, deer, and ruffed grouse.