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

5 Lookout Way: For Sale As A Year-Round Residence

We are excited to share news of a Northeast Harbor home offered for sale as a year-round residence through a collaboration with Island Housing Trust. With a sale price of $275,000, the house will be sold with covenants to ensure that it remains affordable for median-income families in perpetuity.

With distinct but overlapping missions, Island Housing Trust and Mount Desert 365 share a vision for the long-term viability of communities on MDI through affordable housing opportunities. We are pleased to make this long-term investment into affordable year-round homeownership here in Northeast Harbor, and grateful to the family selling the home to make this opportunity available to others.

Learn about our eligibility criteria and how to apply.

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