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Old 08-02-2017, 10:56 AM
 
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Hubbie is still working but we want to start gathering info about possible places to retire.


We took at road trip to Florida in July and not only did the towns (on both coasts) look a little run down, but the traffic was horrible and the heat and humidity....well, the beaches were very nice and the water was warm, but...Oh my!!!


We live in upstate NY now, outside Albany in a rural area. So we are use to cold and snow. But as we age I feel we need to be somewhere with more ppl and things around us. But as you move closer to the larger cities, then the COL goes up.


We've always liked Maine but neither of us have been there since we were teens. We will have NYS pensions and SS.


We want the quintessential New England town with an active Main Street with "real stores", not expensive outlets (like Freeport). We'd like a variety of restaurants, a good library, a nearby hospital and medical care (important as you get older), etc. The usual stuff. A supermarket and a health food store. A nearby Walmart would be nice.


Being near salt water is a plus, but would not write off a lake.


Housing budget would be less than $250K. What would the property taxes be? Taxes here in NY, they can be anywhere from $3K- $6K on a house that price range with a quarter ac lot. We pay a little under $8K for 103 acres.


Any and all info would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08-02-2017, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, Hilly South, Land of Doors
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If you haven't seen this yet (courtesy of NM Land man..)

http://www.maine.gov/revenue/propert...valuerates.pdf
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Old 08-02-2017, 04:03 PM
 
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Ellsworth would be your place. Fastest growing town in Maine. And close to Acadia National Park, and saltwater for your boat. You could move to MDI for your choice if you are not looking for big house. The retirement community there is quite active(we know since we retired to Mount Desert Island six years ago from the Mid atlantic region).

Our property taxes are about the same as they were where we lived before. The only way you could pay the kind of property taxes you are talking about locally is to have land bordering water.

However. lots else is much cheaper, including car insurance. Local taxes(including property taxes) are a credit on your state taxes, so if you have any retirement at all, you won't be paying any local taxes since they simply come off your state taxes(not a deduction: a credit). Mainers generally don't know about the difference between a credit and a deduction which is what I had in my previous state(a measly $90).

Unlike Florida, no poisonous snaked downeast, no alligators, no boas, and no termites. Local diseases are less, and air quality is way way better.
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Take a look at Lincoln. It has everything on your list; 13 lakes, a huge clean river and even a WalMart. Housing costs are about half what they would be ner the coast.
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Old 08-03-2017, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Ellsworth
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I agree with Slyfox. Check out Ellsworth. Lots of lakes AND salt water. We have 4 acres on the lake and property taxes are $3300. Good restaurants, Walmart, Home Depot, and plenty of small reasonably priced a specialty shops.
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Old 08-03-2017, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Houlton would fit that bill.
Anything much south is nothing but down east.
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:31 AM
 
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Houlton would fit that bill.
Anything much south is nothing but down east.
Houlton is pretty far from saltwater which was a PLUS. And since Saltwater is easily obtainable in the giant Maine coastline.......
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:57 AM
 
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Thanks everyone. Keep the ideas coming.
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Old 08-03-2017, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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I agree with Slyfox. Check out Ellsworth. Lots of lakes AND salt water. We have 4 acres on the lake and property taxes are $3300. Good restaurants, Walmart, Home Depot, and plenty of small reasonably priced a specialty shops.
4 acres and a decent house on any Lake would almost certainly be at least 300 k, one would think.
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Old 08-03-2017, 01:26 PM
 
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We've been looking for almost 2 years now, preparing for our eventual sale of our existing home and move North within the coming 12 months. We just want to be prepared when we're ready to buy. For us there is a limit as to how far up we can go and still see family. If that were removed, we would most certainly begin our look just North of Ellsworth in towns like Gouldsboro. There are so many quaint places to buy up there that you'll have a hard time spending more than $200k with property and within a stone's throw of the water. I Google searched for homes for sale in Gouldsboro, ME and got a dozen homes, all under $200, all with at least an acre, and many with a view of the water. Go further North and you'll find even better deals. Still you would be within an easy drive to Ellsworth, your shopping mecca and, of course, Acadia and all it has to offer. Good luck!
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