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Old 08-14-2011, 10:52 AM
 
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I'm in my late 20's and thinking about a move to Bar Harbor. Acadia is the big draw for me...I love the hiking, biking, climbing and just the unbelievable beauty of the place. I live in a big city now, work as an attorney, make good money and own my own home in a very desirable area. But I hate work, there is NO green space to enjoy, and I am stuck in a cycle of: drive miserable commute to work, work, drive miserable commute home, exercise inside, sleep, repeat. There are NO outdoor activities available nearby, the traffic makes me want to drive my car off a bridge, and the lack of nature/green-space is depressing. Its just unsatisfying here.

I have been going to Maine every summer for my entire life, but I have only ever been to Bar Harbor in the summer and am concerned that it might be too old/too sleepy of a town for me during the rest of the year. Is there a decent population of 20somethings in Bar Harbor who don't have kids? I don't want a wild nightlife scene, but at the same time, I don't want my only choices for social interaction to be a lecture at the Senior College or a quilting group.

My other big concern is finding a job that isn't a $10/hr retail position. I wouldn't expect to make half of what I make now, but are there any professional positions available in Bar Harbor? I'd rather not practice law, but if it came down to that, maybe in a small town with small town hours and small town stress, it would actually be bearable.

Any thoughts on making this kind of a move? Thanks
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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I'm in my late 20's and thinking about a move to Bar Harbor. Acadia is the big draw for me...I love the hiking, biking, climbing and just the unbelievable beauty of the place. I live in a big city now, work as an attorney, make good money and own my own home in a very desirable area. But I hate work, there is NO green space to enjoy, and I am stuck in a cycle of: drive miserable commute to work, work, drive miserable commute home, exercise inside, sleep, repeat. There are NO outdoor activities available nearby, the traffic makes me want to drive my car off a bridge, and the lack of nature/green-space is depressing. Its just unsatisfying here.

I have been going to Maine every summer for my entire life, but I have only ever been to Bar Harbor in the summer and am concerned that it might be too old/too sleepy of a town for me during the rest of the year. Is there a decent population of 20somethings in Bar Harbor who don't have kids? I don't want a wild nightlife scene, but at the same time, I don't want my only choices for social interaction to be a lecture at the Senior College or a quilting group.

My other big concern is finding a job that isn't a $10/hr retail position. I wouldn't expect to make half of what I make now, but are there any professional positions available in Bar Harbor? I'd rather not practice law, but if it came down to that, maybe in a small town with small town hours and small town stress, it would actually be bearable.

Any thoughts on making this kind of a move? Thanks
My only advice is to find a job you will be satisfied with BEFORE you move. Bar Harbor is really a small town with, I suspect, very few attorneys or professional positions. The closest larger city is Ellsworth, which is also pretty small. Bangor would be an almost 50 mile commute.
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:57 PM
 
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I am not going to move before having a job lined up. I am definitely not interested in living in or commuting to Bangor. I would commute to Ellsworth, but I want to live near Acadia...the whole point of moving to the area would be to have the park in my backyard and easily accessible on an every day basis.
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Your chances of finding a job that pays more than $10 an hour is not great at all, but not impossible. What else can you do besides law?

If you have to practice law, just know that small town lawyers in Maine tend to have to do a real general practice, and be competent (one hopes) in several areas of law, if they want to survive. There are very few boutiques out in the boonies. And if you're in Biglaw now, you will make but a fraction of your current salary.
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Old 08-14-2011, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Out West
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BillSPreston, I sent you a PM about a professional job possibility in Bar Harbor.

I was going to take it but I think the commute is too much at this time. Too bad my timing wasn't better, I actually wanted to live in Bar Harbor.

Oh well, there's hopefully a next time but maybe you can get in there.
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:42 PM
 
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I'm in my late 20's and thinking about a move to Bar Harbor. Acadia is the big draw for me...I love the hiking, biking, climbing and just the unbelievable beauty of the place. I live in a big city now, work as an attorney, make good money and own my own home in a very desirable area. But I hate work, there is NO green space to enjoy, and I am stuck in a cycle of: drive miserable commute to work, work, drive miserable commute home, exercise inside, sleep, repeat. There are NO outdoor activities available nearby, the traffic makes me want to drive my car off a bridge, and the lack of nature/green-space is depressing. Its just unsatisfying here.

I have been going to Maine every summer for my entire life, but I have only ever been to Bar Harbor in the summer and am concerned that it might be too old/too sleepy of a town for me during the rest of the year. Is there a decent population of 20somethings in Bar Harbor who don't have kids? I don't want a wild nightlife scene, but at the same time, I don't want my only choices for social interaction to be a lecture at the Senior College or a quilting group.

My other big concern is finding a job that isn't a $10/hr retail position. I wouldn't expect to make half of what I make now, but are there any professional positions available in Bar Harbor? I'd rather not practice law, but if it came down to that, maybe in a small town with small town hours and small town stress, it would actually be bearable.

Any thoughts on making this kind of a move? Thanks
Bill,

Your description of unhappiness is hilarious, and I know exactly from where you come. I go to Bar Harbor several times throughout the summer and have a good friend that lives there, and I hear it is dead in the winter. I fear that your employment prospects would be limited. Is there some kind of legal work that you could set up to do over the net? I imagine much of the work you do can be done from an office in a home, and you could sell your house and use your equity to get started.

Just a thought :-)
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Washington County, ME
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I was there one time in the winter - it was dead.

This was about 9 years ago, so i cant say what it would be now. You may be able to search online for populations and they sometimes give both on-season and off.

I mean it was EMPTY of people, and i think ONE store was open.

Good luck, I love Maine too - and especially Acadia!!
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Anyone making such a huge change as the OP is contemplating really needs to visit the new area several times during the year, and actually spend some length of time there before moving, IMO.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Syracuse IS Central New York.
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I'm just envious of anyone able to move there. Oh well, maybe someday.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Brewer
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I think that if you want some nightlife year-round, with a good-sized, active, younger population, Bangor is your best bet. You may not be able to go to Acadia on a daily basis, but there are lots of walking and bike trails in and around Bangor, Acadia is easily doable on the weekends, as is Baxter State Park. Plus, real estate is cheap, and there are WAY more job opportunities. Don't dismiss Bangor before you've experienced it a little...
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