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Old 06-24-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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hi,
I am looking to rent and maybe eventually purchase a small cottage in Maine.

Can anyone tell me where to look that is not too expensive, on the lake or
river, and close to an active town?

I have done a bit of research online and have read about Wells, Onquicut (?)
and other well-known resort towns.

It will be primarily a summer home.

thanx so much for your help.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Each region is so different, I suggest that you come to Maine. Tour each region and see for yourself which area you like the best.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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I have been to Maine.

I spent time in Portland, and the resort areas on the east coast.
Just was looking for a more detailed idea of the area.

I would like to be near a town or village and close to an airport
Waterfront would be a plus.
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I have been to Maine.

I spent time in Portland, and the resort areas on the east coast.
Just was looking for a more detailed idea of the area.
Okay, good, for the Portland area there is a Portland sub-forum here where most discussion about that region of Maine gets discussed. The Portland area seems to be the most urbanized area of Maine, so their outlook is often different from those in the rest of Maine which tend to be more rural areas.

As for the coast, Maine has over 3,000 miles of coast line, many nice communities.

Maine also has many wonderful islands with small communities.

Which communities on the coast have you been to? What were your thoughts on each of those, and perhaps others here can suggest other areas along the coast that you might like better.



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... I would like to be near a town or village and close to an airport
Waterfront would be a plus.
Maine has a great many rivers, lakes and ponds. As far 'inland' as is possible in Maine still has waterfront properties.

I live North of Bangor [kind of central Maine] right on the Penobscot river. Our home is forest with riverfrontage.

Our nearest airport is in Old Town, though Bangor has an International Airport that is just 25 minutes away.
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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There are soooooo many places that could fit the bill that is impossible to answer the question unless you ask for more specific things.
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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When I was looking to relocate I found some really interesting river front properties in Hollis....Saco River. I know nothing about the town.....but I was surprised at how low the properties were with river frontage .... and acres of land. I dont know about cottages or summer homes.....or anything about the town.....I didnt end up going that way. I thnk limington is over that way too.
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I was looking at some listings a couple of weeks ago. There was a decent sized property on the lake in Newport. Airports in Bangor and Augusta.
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:59 PM
 
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I was looking at some listings a couple of weeks ago. There was a decent sized property on the lake in Newport. Airports in Bangor and Augusta.
I wouldn't point anyone towards Sebasticook Lake in Newport without also mentioning the issues that lake has had with algae blooms. Google it for sure. Here's a link from the state gov web site listing it as an issue....
Reports of Algal Blooms, Maine Department of Environmental Protection (http://www.maine.gov/dep/blwq/doclake/repbloom.htm - broken link)
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I wouldn't point anyone towards Sebasticook Lake in Newport without also mentioning the issues that lake has had with algae blooms. Google it for sure. Here's a link from the state gov web site listing it as an issue....
Reports of Algal Blooms, Maine Department of Environmental Protection (http://www.maine.gov/dep/blwq/doclake/repbloom.htm - broken link)
OK. I wasn't aware that there was an issue there.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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[quote=swissmiss05;19733532]hi,
I am looking to rent and maybe eventually purchase a small cottage in Maine.

Can anyone tell me where to look that is not too expensive, on the lake or
river, and close to an active town?

I have done a bit of research online and have read about Wells, Onquicut (?)
and other well-known resort towns.

It will be primarily a summer home.

thanx so much for your help.[/quote

It might help to know how much you want to spend, number of bedrooms and bathrooms preferred; you say on a lake or river and close to an active town--does that mean you are ruling out oceanfront? and when you say rent do you mean temporarily for a a week's vacation or long term rent possibly with the option to buy? Typically the further from the coast and an active town, the lower the price, but in this economy you might find a bargain at just about any location. I've seen some oceanfront properties for sale for years and the price keeps dropping. The same could be true for lake, pond, or riverfront. Airports? Your best connections would be Portland or Bangor IMO.....or if you choose western Maine, the Manchester NH airport might be a good choice--I guess it depends to some extent on where you are flying to and from.

There's a recent thread with web sites for vacation rentals. The information goes beyond the location of the OP.

Need Help, vacation rentals in the Unity, troy, Burnham, area
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