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Old 01-19-2008, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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FutureCrzr:

I am so happy for you!!!! I hope to be able to write a post with similar content some day in the not too distant future! Enjoy your new home and new community!
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Old 01-19-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: On the water in Maine =)
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Welcome, S. Williams and futurecruiser!

I'm not surprised you felt welcomed, S....after having lived in many states over the years, I really do believe that the people of Maine are the friendliest! (No matter what the few whiners we have here say)

And as I've said before...

Anyone can move to Maine....but only a few come home.
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Old 01-19-2008, 11:20 AM
 
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Interesting posts - thanks for starting El.
At the risk of appearing schizophrenic beause we are all over the place picking a spot I'll give this a shot. We've always known we were going to move up there one day, but have gotten serious about it this year. We originally started looking at the coast-ish areas in Down East Maine. We are looking for some acreage (5+ or more) so we can enjoy the critters and beautiful views, take walks etc. We love the outdoors - quiet place on a lake or river - great neighbors nearby would be great. Privacy but not seclusion we want access to a small town with a couple decent restaurants or pubs. I've got an employee who used to live in Bangor - she thought we should look around there - or Orono. We did, and we liked what we were seeing/hearing and reading. "Russ and Lynn" were talking about opening a pub there ...university atmosphere is kind of nice, seemed like we were narrowing it down. Then my DH stumbled upon Bethel and loves it! So, Down East - Orono/Bangor - Bethel. You all provide such wonderful insight to your beautiful state - this forum is a godsend. We are fortunate to be able to take our time - but I've been nagging the DH to fly up and look at some of the properties that have peaked our interest. Get a feel for some of the towns etc. Mentally I'm all packed up with no place to go ... yet!
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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We ended up in Gorham. (We are moving from southern NH). Nothing against any other part of the state but we wanted to be near Portland as we are both in the high-tech field and wanted options in jobs. But we still wanted to be somewhat rural, and we found some lovely property with 9 acres. What we love about it the most is that it does have a small town feel but all the conveniences, and USM, and we are only 15 minutes from the airport, and all the great restaurants and things to do in Portland. But we live in a wildlife preserve with a pond, stream, plenty of deer (okay, not such a good thing for the garden), that's quiet and private. For us it's the best of both worlds.

When we were looking we had a requirement that we had to be within a half-hour drive of a mooring field where we could keep our sailboat (which is currently Falmouth). We looked as far north as Gray and down to Scarborough. We didn't look a lot near the water itself as the cost is higher. With so much on the market though we could be somewhat picky. We spent a lot of time looking around, driving around. We looked at a ton of listings and drove by a lot of properties. This being our 4th home we kind of knew what we were looking for and what we weren't. For us the property and house became important - I think we would be just as happy in the right house in Scarborough, Yarmouth, Falmouth, Windham, etc. But we do really like our new neighborhood and Gorham, and think we will be very happy there. The people couldn't be nicer to us.
future, thanx for taking the time to write that post!!!
welcome to maine, and welcome to the maine forum,,

gorham is a nice area,,glad you found the house, you were looking for!
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:38 PM
 
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future, thanx for taking the time to write that post!!!
welcome to maine, and welcome to the maine forum,,

gorham is a nice area,,glad you found the house, you were looking for!
Thanks all !! We already feel more at home there (and we haven't officially moved in yet) than we ever did in our 14 years in southern NH. It feels more like vermont (which we also loved, left because of jobs). Right now, we are driving back and forth a lot (we haven't sold the house in NH yet). I feel like I'm "home" though when I'm in Maine, and driving over the border and seeing the "way life should be" sign makes me smile every time. :-)
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Old 01-20-2008, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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Welcome to our lttle surrogate family swilliams and futurecruiser!!!
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Old 01-20-2008, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Florida&Eastport
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Welcome to our lttle surrogate family swilliams and futurecruiser!!!
I second that...welcome.
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Old 01-20-2008, 03:46 PM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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Bangor is the second largest city now? I thought it was still Lewiston. Bangor has always felt larger to me, and has the BEST children's museum I have ever taken the kids to. The Discovery Museum is a MUST see if you are in Bangor and have kids.

Lewiston is still the 2nd largest city....I suspect it will stay that way with the 2000 census showing an extra few thousand somali's
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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We knew we wanted to be on the water. I was born on an island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. I grew up opening the windows in the house and smelling the salt air; hearing the seagulls; watching the pelicans diving in the Gulf for lunch!! As much as I love that and miss it, I hated Florida when we moved to TN. But I love TN and dont' want to leave here. So we decided we'd do the snow bird thing in reverse order! Instead of going to Florida for the winter, we'll go to Maine in the summer!!!

So, we decided any place on the coast. We looked at land all up and down the coast, looked at photos of the areas, asked questions here. It all just kind of added up to Eastport. It's still small; I hate crowds. It's an island, so how perfect is that? And the price can't be beat!!

Do I need to mention the awesome ya-yas??
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Old 01-20-2008, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Maine
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mrs1885? are you gonna buy a scooter too? I'm enjoying this picture of you all "scooting" around the waterfront, helmets and baskets.
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