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Old 11-10-2012, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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Looking for a coastal Maine town that has lots of things going for it - great downtown with coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants - culture, festivals, - attractive and safe, where housing is reasonable (2BR/2BA, 1,800 sq ft @250K). Also not too far north.

Want a place also with services - library, drugstore, hospital and vet (preferably 24-hr - if not, one close by).

Love Camden, but too small. As is Rockport.

Heard Rockland, and Bath might fit. Possibly Brunswick? Do any of these fit the bill?

Live in Newburyport, MA now and love it, but housing costs are way too high for when we retire. Wanting a similar feel though.

Portland is too big for us. Like the vibe, but parts are a bit grittier than we would like.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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Belfast is actually probably a better choice, but is a little further north... about 20 - 30 minutes north of Camden. Really up and coming and wicked hip without the pretension of other coastal towns.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I was thinking Belfast, too. Great little town, but if Ca,den is too small for you then I'm not sure it would work.

I'd check out Brunswick -- not sure on the housing costs though -- might be more than your budget.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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I suggest you go to Maine and drive around, stop when you find what you're looking for. and/or....search the CD threads for specific towns and then google or use google earth take a look at each individual town or city's website, or take a virtual drive around......maybe Yarmouth would suit ya........btw, there's a late night vet in Brewer although I doubt that will help you considering your other criteria. Animal Emergency Clinic - Portland, Maine

houses? Trulia - Real Estate, Homes for Sale, Apartments for Rent, Local data and enter the specs
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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good advice, I was going to add cabot cove...but its getting way too expensive to live there
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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What about Bath? It has the "look" we like - seemingly great downtown and beautiful old homes - appears to be well kept - natural market, Irish pub, great library, very reasonable housing costs.

Is there a reason why housing prices are so cheap there???

Belfast sounds interesting, but don't want to be up that far.

Would love to live in York, but can't afford it.....
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:12 PM
 
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Hip ? Maine ?
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:18 PM
 
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What about Bath? It has the "look" we like - seemingly great downtown and beautiful old homes - appears to be well kept - natural market, Irish pub, great library, very reasonable housing costs.

Is there a reason why housing prices are so cheap there???

Belfast sounds interesting, but don't want to be up that far.

Would love to live in York, but can't afford it.....
sounds like you've already decided...there's a bar overlooking the Androscoggin River in Brunswick...finally found a pic The Tavern at Brunswick Station, Brunswick - Restaurant Reviews - TripAdvisor

seems that retirees from outah state always think property, etc. are cheap in Maine...maybe because they're not trying to make a living...just buying with money made elsewhere....this topic was recently discussed related to Eastport.

Here's a link to some places for sale in York that you could buy and have money left over. York Real Estate & York Homes For Sale — Trulia.com
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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Can anyone explain why Bath is so inexpensive relative to other towns nearby - Brunswick, etc.?
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:35 PM
 
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The main reason is that the schools aren't as highly regarded as those in Brunswick. I think Bath Iron Works also brings some grit to the town. I like a little grit with my charm, but many folks don't. Popham Beach is fairly close to Bath and that's an advantage too.

We chose Brunswick because of the schools and the proximity to 295, but I still like Bath.

As mentioned above, Yarmouth is a good choice too. A little too expensive for us, but it's quite charming. The schools are excellent and it's minutes to Portland.
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