I've driven through Eliot a few times in last few years and it doesn't look much different than it did when I grew up there in the 60's. My family and I loved that area and we were close to so many things that kids like: beaches, forts, Portsmouth, picnic areas, rivers, woods, lots of other kids, marinas, horseshoe crabs, ice skating, deep sea fishing, lobster fisherman friends, light houses and cool schools. My dad was the principal of the jr. high back then and I even had him for an eighth grade English teacher.
After living in central Maine and then moving to the southern tip of Maine, we all noticed the weather change. The winters were less challenging and the summers were just beautiful with the coastal breezes.
We had friends and acquaintances in the Berwicks, York and Wells. I would live anywhere around those parts if I could. There's no shortage of things to do and see within an hour from your door. Good luck!