Mount Desert 365 is a community-based organization dedicated to promoting long-term economic vitality of the town of Mount Desert, Maine, through expansion of sustainable year-round residential communities and economic revitalization of commercial districts.


Fostering a sustainable year-round community while preserving its natural environment.


Community Sustainability

Community is at the heart of all we do. Beyond the place where we live, work, and raise our families, community is the connection with neighbors, a shared appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us, and a sense of commitment towards mutual prosperity, communal health and well-being, and civic pride through engagement. We believe that a community that thrives 365 days of the year benefits all of us.

Protecting our Natural Environment

The mountains, waters, fields and woods that are an integral part of the community are precious assets that nurture us physically and spiritually. We have a responsibility to be good stewards and safeguard them for future generations.

Diversity Propels Innovation

A complex weave of people in the community creates a vibrancy that can enhance our best features – creativity, resourcefulness, and integrity. The coming together of people living among us year-round, part-time, or visiting briefly adds texture and color to the community and creates an interdependence that can’t be denied. We believe the knowledge, skills, talents and resources of each part of the community should be harnessed and lead to innovations for the benefit of all.

Inclusion is Essential

A shared vision of the community’s future, combined with focused energy, strategic collaborations, and careful use of resources will guide our decisions.

We Strive for Excellence

Building on the solid foundations of the generations before us to establish and preserve this community, we will endeavor to create opportunities to live and prosper that will stand the test of time.

Breaking News

The Apartments at 6 Old Firehouse Lane

Apartment Floorplans

We are now accepting rental applications for two second-floor walkup apartments in downtown Northeast Harbor. The building is currently under construction and could be ready for occupancy in early October. Other tenants in the building are Mount Desert 365, with offices on the second floor, and the Maine Seacoast Mission, with offices on the first floor.

Newly-constructed, these spaces have been thoughtfully designed and built to be energy efficient. Each unit is 900 sq feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom. The building utilizes environmentally-friendly heat pumps for its electric heat, cooling, and hot water.


To ensure that the units expand Northeast Harbor’s inventory of affordable year-round rental housing and increase the local population, a set of eligibility criteria will be used to review applications.

  • Median-income households of 2 – 4 people
  • Tenants will reside in the property year-round
  • Priority is given to applicants whose jobs address essential needs of the community, such as public safety or public service

The deadline for submitting a rental application is September 18th, with completed applications emailed, postmarked, or hand-delivered to our office by this date. Reference and background checks will be completed. Selected applicants will be notified by September 30th.


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