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Old 11-10-2012, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Cooper Maine
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Funny most Mainers want to be as far from "hip" as possible.
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:32 AM
 
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Hip ? Maine ?
A lot of hip action in kennebunk i'm hearing..
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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OK, I shouldn't have used that word - "hip".

What I meant by that is that the town has things happening and that the community is active. Like farmers markets, festivals, waterfront concerts, etc., and that it has some culture - art, theatre, etc.

That the downtown has things that make it vibrant - pubs/cafes with live music, good bookstores, coffee shops, etc., and values art and artisans and preserving architecture.

We've been lots of places that are "quaint" and have cute downtowns, and the place looks like time stood still. Stores with old, outdated merchandise, kitchy trinket shops, not a downtown where people who live there shop and browse.

Our needs are pretty simple - right now we walk into town and browse in the bookstore, go to the farmers market, walk on the waterfront, spend summer nights there listening to free concerts. Walk down to the Irish pub to listen to live music, walk to the little independent movie theatre to see a movie, or walk to the live theatre to hear some music or see a performance.

We might walk to the library, or down the street for breakfast, or to the natural pet store.

We drive to the natural food store, grocery store, hardware store, CVS and wine store. Once in a while we will drive down to one of the casual restaurants on the water for lunch.

We walk our dog in our neighborhood (with sidewalks) to one of the many parks (on leash) about 5 minutes away. We want an area that is safe, because I often walk the dog alone late at night, or in the early AM when not many people are out and about.

I can walk in town to several places to take a yoga or pilates class, or browse antique stores.

If my huband needs wood for his woodworking hobby, or I need office supplies at Staples, we drive 30 min to a few towns over to where all the "big bix" stores are.

That's the extent of our life, pretty much. We love to travel, so being within an hour of an airport that has international flights is very important.

Our doctors and dentists are a 30 min drive (although there are plenty in town), there is a hospital 5 min drive away, and for world class hospitals, Boston is 45 min. away. Our vet is a 10 min. drive and 24-hr. emergency vet care at a state of the art hospital with all kinds of vet specialists is a 40 min. drive (this part I worry about - where is the nearest 24-hr vet to Bath? I'm surprised that there isn't one in Brunswick).

We will be retired, so work won't be an issue, although I have an internet business which I will keep doing, and my husband wants to take some woodworking classes.

The towns that we love, that have the "feel" we are after are - Portsmouth, NH, Newburyport, MA (our town), New Castle, NH (very small, but close enough to Portsmouth), Charleston, SC - we love the ocean and coastal towns.

We don't want to feel isolated - live in utopia with nothing around it, or where we have to drive an hour to get to another town.

The one thing (other than the vet care) that I am concerned about is the winters. How long and cold are they? How different are they than where we live now? We had wanted to escape the winters, but the choices are to move further south, where we trade winter for heat and humidty and we lose that New England charm we so love... the South also seems to be filled with higher crime, for whatever reason.

So, given all this, does Bath seem like a fit for us?
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:19 AM
 
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Bath Brunswick, Yarmouth, all good towns...

winters along the coast are usually milder than in land

come up and see for yourself....make a few trips, get a feel for what YOU like
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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There are no "world class" hospitals in Maine. What you haven't told us is how much money you want to spend. If you have lots of money, I suggest Portland. The Old Port section is just what you want, although it does get rowdy in the summer. Then, maybe Bangor, which has many of the things you want. If these are too big, I'd look at Brunswick or Belfast. That's about it in Maine.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Union, ME
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My experience is in the Rockland area. I have lived here for twenty years. I owned a home in the south end of Rockland for five years. Walking to restaurants, movies, pubs, cafe, festivals, galleries is nice. The historic downtown & south end neighborhoods are very nice. Note that the mil rate in Rockland is highest for the surrounding area...I loved living in town, and sold my house when my interests led me to more rural, yet still close to stuff, Owls Head.

All of you & your husband's interests would be fulfilled in the Rockland (& surrounding area). There are tons of restaurants & diners, a pub or two or more, art, films, music, woodworking/ fine furniture courses, festivals, awesome lumber yards (& a couple big boxes). We have a great food co-op in Rock, also.

I have been absolutely content here for twenty years. I could probably be content other places in Maine, but this is where I've settled. The "things" you require on occasion that are not right here, you manage to get to when you must.

If you have questions about the Rockland area, I would be glad to answer as best I can. I don't work for the Chamber of Commerce ; I appreciate where I live for many of the same qualities that you & your husband are seeking,
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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Bangorme, I put in my initial post what our budget was - @250K, 1800 sq ft, 2BR/2Ba. No, we don't have money. That is why we can't stay in Newburyport, and aside from not being able to afford Portland, it's way too big for us. Also don't think we can afford Brunswick.

Maureenb, thanks so much for the info on Rockland. I've heard lots of good things about it. I just think we would feel too isolated. But worth checking out.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Bangorme, I put in my initial post what our budget was - @250K, 1800 sq ft, 2BR/2Ba. No, we don't have money. That is why we can't stay in Newburyport, and aside from not being able to afford Portland, it's way too big for us. Also don't think we can afford Brunswick.

Maureenb, thanks so much for the info on Rockland. I've heard lots of good things about it. I just think we would feel too isolated. But worth checking out.
Sorry I missed that in your first post. I lived in Brunswick, and it is VERY affordable. You can get what you want in that price range.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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I can't seem to find much @ 250K in Brunswick. Maybe Realtor.com is not the right site to be looking.

Yes, we will come visit, but it is a bit hard as we have a sick dog, so we want to make the most of our short time by picking our spots.

Can anyone compare/contrast Rockland and Bath - shopping, dining, amenities, ambience, safety, visual appeal, things to do, livability, housing?

Thanks everyone for your comments!
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:32 AM
 
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OK, I shouldn't have used that word - "hip".

What I meant by that is that the town has things happening and that the community is active. Like farmers markets, festivals, waterfront concerts, etc., and that it has some culture - art, theatre, etc.

That the downtown has things that make it vibrant - pubs/cafes with live music, good bookstores, coffee shops, etc., and values art and artisans and preserving architecture.

We've been lots of places that are "quaint" and have cute downtowns, and the place looks like time stood still. Stores with old, outdated merchandise, kitchy trinket shops, not a downtown where people who live there shop and browse.

Our needs are pretty simple - right now we walk into town and browse in the bookstore, go to the farmers market, walk on the waterfront, spend summer nights there listening to free concerts. Walk down to the Irish pub to listen to live music, walk to the little independent movie theatre to see a movie, or walk to the live theatre to hear some music or see a performance.

We might walk to the library, or down the street for breakfast, or to the natural pet store.

We drive to the natural food store, grocery store, hardware store, CVS and wine store. Once in a while we will drive down to one of the casual restaurants on the water for lunch.

We walk our dog in our neighborhood (with sidewalks) to one of the many parks (on leash) about 5 minutes away. We want an area that is safe, because I often walk the dog alone late at night, or in the early AM when not many people are out and about.

I can walk in town to several places to take a yoga or pilates class, or browse antique stores.

If my huband needs wood for his woodworking hobby, or I need office supplies at Staples, we drive 30 min to a few towns over to where all the "big bix" stores are.

That's the extent of our life, pretty much. We love to travel, so being within an hour of an airport that has international flights is very important.

Our doctors and dentists are a 30 min drive (although there are plenty in town), there is a hospital 5 min drive away, and for world class hospitals, Boston is 45 min. away. Our vet is a 10 min. drive and 24-hr. emergency vet care at a state of the art hospital with all kinds of vet specialists is a 40 min. drive (this part I worry about - where is the nearest 24-hr vet to Bath? I'm surprised that there isn't one in Brunswick).

We will be retired, so work won't be an issue, although I have an internet business which I will keep doing, and my husband wants to take some woodworking classes.

The towns that we love, that have the "feel" we are after are - Portsmouth, NH, Newburyport, MA (our town), New Castle, NH (very small, but close enough to Portsmouth), Charleston, SC - we love the ocean and coastal towns.

We don't want to feel isolated - live in utopia with nothing around it, or where we have to drive an hour to get to another town.

The one thing (other than the vet care) that I am concerned about is the winters. How long and cold are they? How different are they than where we live now? We had wanted to escape the winters, but the choices are to move further south, where we trade winter for heat and humidty and we lose that New England charm we so love... the South also seems to be filled with higher crime, for whatever reason.

So, given all this, does Bath seem like a fit for us?
Bookstores?! I thought the only bookstore left was Sherman's in Bar Harbor and The Chicken Barn outside of Ellsworth. I thought all the other bookstores had been replaced with kindles. Will the libraries be next?

You must have overlooked my post about overnight vet services in Portland. Here is is again...says state-of-the-art and 24/7...seems like your kind of place. http://animalemergencyclinicportland.com/ What do you do to your pet in the middle of the night that makes overnight pet care so important?

Quite a few years ago after the July 4 fireworks, I came home around 11 p.m. to find my cat in labor and she was having trouble. The local vet was kind and concerned enough to meet me at his office and help my cat. He only charged me $40! I don't know if there are any vets who would do that in the 21st Century, but I hope they still exist--at least in Maine.

You live in Mass. The winters aren't that much different than Maine. If you're going to be retired, live in the south in the winter and New England in the summer....seems like a pretty simple solution to me. Buy two $125,000 houses rather than one for $250,000. You could become snowbirds. You mentioned Charleston, SC. It has it's own historic charm, ghosts, architecture, slave market turned into a flea market, etc. that lots of people like. It's an ok place to visit or spend the winter, but I definitely wouldn't want to live there in the summer heat and humidity. ...nearby Isle of Palms allows pets on the beach. By Mainers' standards if you have $250,000 to spend on housing, you "have money" whether you think you do or not.

Maine comes alive in the summer with lots of activities that aren't going on year round. If you haven't already visited in the winter months, you probably need to give that serious consideration. Bath seems like an architectural mecca to me. You seem to have a lot of requirements and wants. I think you need to prioritize and separate your needs and wants. Also, why not rent for a while until you make up your mind what you want to do and where you want to live in the winter and in the summer. Not sure, but I think the closest "world class" hospital is probably in Boston. Airports in Maine? Portland. I imagine the airports in Bangor(Bangor International Airport) and Trenton would be too remote for you.

Honestly, the more I read your posts, the more I think you won't be happy in Maine. You have too many "bigger city" (all the old charm quaintness but you want the modern conveniences close by) demands but you don't want to live in Portland. In Maine, most lights are out by 9 p.m. especially in the winter.

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