Retiring to Maine - or what we call "the next chapter."
Following your dream...The time has come for taking the steps to that next chapter in your life and all roads are leading you to Midcoast Maine.
Maine has become an extremely popular retirement or "semi-retirement" destination as many of our clients have discovered, voted one of the top locations to retire in the USA by numerous publications including, Forbes.com, Down East Magazine, Outside Magazine and AARP Magazine.
If you're looking for authentic Maine living, this is it. Together, our towns run almost the entire length of Penobscot Bay, perhaps the most scenic body of water on the eastern seaboard. Here you'll find scores of islands, more than a dozen historic lighthouses, and protected harbors filled with working lobster boats. Our inland towns are dotted with small farms and rolling hills, and woodlands waiting to be hiked.
Living in Midcoast Maine will create a wealth of opporunities to meet many new friends of course and one of the best catalyst's to help introduce yourself within any new community is the unselfish act of volunteerism within one's new "adapted hometown". You'll easily discover warm introductions to numerous organizations that will excite and meet your personal passions and interests.
Community is the soul who we are within our company. As they say, "everything is local" and we are honored to volunteer and help support some of our favorite local causes and organizations - from YMCA youth basketball ("Go Windjammers!") - to Rotarian projects on our local hiking trails together with Coastal Mountains Land Trust - to our Midcoast Intreract student members helping to get the message out on ending Polio - to supporting our local animal shelter organization P.A.W.S. - and much more!
We all enjoy what matters to all of us most - the health of our family, our friends and our community - helping others be the best they can be in one very special part of the world here in Midcoast Maine.
Feeling welcome in a new location comes easier when you make contact with fraternal and community organizations, clubs, non-profit causes, and volunteer opportunities similar to those you enjoyed before. Our Midcoast area offers many ways you can share common interests and become involved.
The decision of where to relocate or retire is so personal. Many newcomers discover the region when they're here on vacation. Each Summer and Fall we hear our visitors remark, "This place is beautiful...We should move here!" And of course the Midcoast is gorgeous, but it offers much more than picture postcard scenery.
Safe, clean and vibrant Main Street communities showcase business and shopping opportunities much more diverse than you'd expect, thanks to our prominent coastal location. Strong educational and healthcare systems serve a broad population mix. And if you're near retirement and ready to play, you'll find a wealth of cultural and recreational choices - from bird watching to blues concerts, sea kayaking on the ocean to chairlift rides at the Camden Snow Bowl.
Communities in our area have received a variety of honors and recognition in recent years. Here are just some of the highlights of those honors!
- Online Travel Website TripAdvisor has named Camden #8 in the top 10 most charming small towns in America.
- Boston Magazine, in 2009 named Camden one of New England's Best Small Towns because of its "Main Street of all Main Streets."
- In 2010, Camden Harbor, which our offices overlook in our first office location, was voted the prettiest in Maine by the readers of Down East Magazine.
- In 2011, Camden was named the third best foliage town in New England, according to a poll conducted on YankeeFoliage.com, Yankee Magazine's fall foliage Website.
- In 2008 and 2009, Rockport was dubbed one of America's prettiest towns by Forbes Traveler Magazine.
- The late newsman and sailer Charles Kuralt said that if he had 365 days left to spend, he would spend 364 of them at Rockport's beautiful harbor.
- National Geographic named Rockland the "Top Adventure Town in Maine to Live and Play" in 2010.
- That same year, Rockland was chosen as a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
- Coastal Living featured Rockland in its Dream Town department in 2011.
- Rockland placed #2 in the Budget Travel reader poll for coolest small towns in America, and has become a popular destination for the Food Network.
- Rockland has what Down East Magazine referred to as "Midcoast Maine's most beautiful ocean walk."
- In 2012, This Old House selected Rockland's Limerock Street as one of the best old house neighborhood towns in the northeast, sharing the spotlight with many other charming and welcoming communities in New England.
- Also this year, The Today Show included Rockland's Maine Lobster Festival in a segment about Summer's Best US Festivals.
- Lincolnville has been honored as one of Outside Magazine's Top Dream Towns.
- According to Departures, the magazine for American Express cardholders, one of the world's 10 most scenic walks is the Bald Rock trail in Camden Hills State Park. Listed alongside The philosopher's Path in Kyoto, Japen and the Sossuslevi Dunes of Namibia, the Bald Rock trail is one of only two walks in the United States on the list.
It may sound corny, but this area has a magical difference where small town values, community and local cooperation helps make all the difference in the world and the small moments count. From your first visit here, you might notice many special moments - the scent of low tide. Fields of lupines in June. Starry skies in summer and full moon nights over the water in wintertime. Putting groceries "on account" at the local market. Walking downtown, saying "hello - again" on the sidewalk, at the post office and in our restaurants, Maine is simply, a very special place to be.
Of course, no place is perfect, but we agree wholeheartedly with author and transplant E.B. White, who said, "I would rather feel bad in Maine than feel good anywhere else."
Please reach us at your convenience at 207.236.7000 or 888.236.7015 or feel free to send us an email to: info@TheNewEnglandReCo.com or visit our web page "Our Difference - Our Brokers" to learn more about the many opportunities in relocating or retiring in Maine and beginning your search today.
Also, please click into most popular web page section called "Search Towns" and begin your next chapter now. Here you will quickly see 45 different towns in Midcoast Maine - all showing you properties which you have talked and dreamed about. Many you may have even driven past for years and never seriously considered living in before but are happily surprised just how nice of communities they are.
We look forward to helping you find that special place here in Midcoast Maine and on behalf of all of us here at The New England Real Estate Company, "Welcome Home!"