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Old 01-17-2008, 11:58 AM
 
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Hi Mainers.

Tired of the big city grind, and looking to move to a small place where I can settle down and feel part of a community.

Here's what I'm looking for in a town, and I thought to myself, "Hey, Maine!" without really knowing whether there's any basis in reality...

- Town MUST be walkable. I don't own, nor do I want to own, a car. I don't want to have to drive out of town to head to Walmart or whatever. I want everything I need to be located in a small, convenient downtownish area. So, what do I need?...

- A grocery store of some sort.

- A bookstore.

- A library.

- A coffee shop.

- A nice little bar/pub.

That's it. A smattering of little shops and restaurants would be okay, but is certainly not necessary. I work online, so jobs/industry are irrelevant to me. I'd prefer to be able to rent a little one-bedroom flat somewhere in the downtown area, and be able to do go wherever I want, on foot, within about ten minutes.

As for size? The smaller the better, so long as all the amenities described above are in place.

With those things in mind, has Maine got anyplace for me? I'd love to hear some ideas and/or be linked to some pictures (especially of quaint little downtowns).

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I think I saw this same or similar quest, in the Ohio forum. ???? Good Luck, Lets see what these wonderful Mainers can suggest for you. It sounds grand.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Big skies....woohoo
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Sounds like Camden to me. Everything is downtown, not spread out like so many places....plus, the ocean is right there for your viewing pleasure.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:09 PM
 
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I think I saw this same or similar quest, in the Ohio forum. ???? Good Luck, Lets see what these wonderful Mainers can suggest for you. It sounds grand.
Yup. In Ohio now, and it's proving to be a temporary choice. Got to be out near some folks I like for a while, but it ain't home. Wound up still in the big city, and alas, the search continues. Ready to go smaller and more permanent (hopefully).
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:42 PM
 
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You may wish to consider downtown Portland. Airport , bus terminal and train terminal nearby should you need to get out of town easily and quickly. Portland has a great public library and satisfactory public bus service.
There are all sorts of nice condo and apts to rent and buy available in the various sections of the city and over near USM.
If you wish to be further north, Bangor, Belfast and Camden are great.
Good luck to you!
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:06 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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try Eastport - eastport.me.info
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Maine
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try Eastport - eastport.me.info
Funny, I was thinking the same thing
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Big skies....woohoo
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Bath, Boothbay Harbor, and Damariscotta all have what you mentioned. Like Camden, none is a 'city.' They are towns with friendly people,beautiful scenery, and employment opportunities.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:40 PM
 
Location: York Village, Maine
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Boothbay Harbor would be my suggestion if you want to be near the ocean.
Hope you find just what you are looking for.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:51 PM
 
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Belfast!?

A few nice condo's for sale on Main Street with views of the harbor.
Plus the bus stop is on High Street and you could travel to many great towns.

belfastmaine.org
cityofbelfast.org

- A grocery store of some sort. The Co-op

- A bookstore. The fertile mind

- A library. Belfast Free Library

- A coffee shop. I don't drink coffee so can't help here

- A nice little bar/pub. Darby's

All downtown and within walking distance. Plus many restaurants, the movie theater, and shops.

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