Just listed: A private island in New Bedford Harbor for $1.39 million

Crow Island in Fairhaven is on the market for $1,395,000.
Crow Island in Fairhaven used to house a radio station transmitter. Justin Higginbotham

A private perch in the waters off Fairhaven, awash with some of the South Shore’s nautical past and panoramic seaside views, is on the market for nearly $1.4 million.

1 Crow Island, a spot in the heart of New Bedford Harbor with a lot of character, boasts “idyllic settings” peppered with benches and tables, making it a prime location for taking in sunrises and sunsets, according to its listing.

There’s also plenty to see without leaving the two-bedroom house.

“There is a very open floor plan — views from everywhere,” realtor Pam Pimentel of William Raveis Real Estate in Westport told Wednesday.

The 1,901-square-foot home has a kitchen, one full bath, three half baths, and a second floor with a separate entrance, kitchenette, and deck.

The roughly 2.29-acre site, carrying a pricetag of $1,395,000, includes a steepled cabana with a deck (a structure the family lovingly refers to as ‘The Chapel”), a small pond with a fountain, a pagoda-style shed, a boathouse, and a dock.

The living room inside the Crow Island house. —Pam Pimentel/William Raveis Real Estate
The master bedroom. —Pam Pimentel/William Raveis Real Estate

The property has electricity, municipal water system connections, and a generator, according to Pimentel, who had listed the property in August for $1,595,000. She put it back on the market Monday.

Fairhaven town records give the island an assessed value of $685,500, with the land accounting for $513,400 of that figure.

Those records also date the structure to around 1920 — two decades before radio station WNBH would use the site to house its transmitting tower and facilities. (The 375-foot antenna would remain a fixture in the harbor until Hurricane Bob tore through the region in 1991.)

While the island’s broadcasting history and eye-catching views set the property apart, the listing has special meaning for Pimentel.

For decades, the island was home for her late father-in-law, Carl Pimentel, who bought it in 1979 after WNBH moved out in the mid-1970s, she said.

His touches can be found all over the property, from a rotating lobster statue to a stained-glass bench, Pimentel said.

“This was kind of his passion, this place,” she said. “It’s funky. It’s to his taste.”

A statue on Crow Island. —Pam Pimentel/William Raveis Real Estate

Visitors to the island can see pieces saved from Carl Pimentel’s days spent operating the Smuggler’s Den nightclub in New Bedford’s South End. A few salvaged ships knees are incorporated into the house, as well as a column from the original mast of the schooner Ernestina, Pimentel said.

The Pimentels enjoyed Fourth of July celebrations on the tiny island, with “fireworks going right over our heads,” lighting up the sky above the harbor, she said.

“It’s a special property. It was treasured by my father-in-law,” she said. “The family is a little sad to let it go, but it’s time … we want someone who will treasure it as much as my father-in-law [to] take it.”

. —Justin Higginbotham

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