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Old 05-30-2018, 11:07 AM
 
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My husband and I are considering a move to Maine as he got a job offer in Portland with his current company. We are excited about this possibility, especially because his mother has lived in Maine for many years and we visit often...we fell in love with Maine and always dreamed of one day making our way out there. Weve both lived in Georgia for mostly all our lives so its definitely a huge change but its needed.

Anyway we have twin baby boys and are looking for a nice place for them to grow up. We probably cant afford to live in the heart of Portland but we want his commute to be bearable maybe about 30 minutes or 45 min max. Our budget is around $250,000. We kind of want the best of both worlds; a good bit of land, maybe even a farmhouse. But we also would like some sort of community feel that is family and kid friendly for our boys. Where we live now is the definition of the burbs so wed like to switch it up but not be completely rural and away for suburbia. We plan on introducing lots of outdoor activities and hiking to our children so Maine is going to be a great place for us.

So far weve looked at: Bath, Brunswick, Gorham and a few others. They all seem nice but Id love to hear what you guys think or if any of you are Maine experts to shed some light.

My mother in law lives in a tiny town on the border of New Hampshire and Maine and while its beautiful we would like to be nearer to Portland!
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:34 AM
 
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Have you looked at the Maine Multiple Listings https://www.mainelistings.com/ or Zillow?


I'm sure one or more of the realtors that frequent this site will chime in here, I'm not a realtor but I think you might need to readjust your expectations.
$250K within 30-45 minutes of Portland will definitely get you a nice house lot or a condo but "a good bit of land maybe even a farmhouse" will most likely require going a little farther afield.
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Old 05-31-2018, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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Congratulations on your twin boys! As Vance said, it's going to be tricky for you. The median sales price for a single family home in Cumberland County hit $290,000 for the three months ending in April of 2018. All the places you mentioned have those outdoor activities and there are several more towns you should investigate. I'd write more, but I'm off to my girls' softball practice in Gorham.
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Old 05-31-2018, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Maine
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So far weve looked at: Bath, Brunswick, Gorham and a few others. They all seem nice but Id love to hear what you guys think or if any of you are Maine experts to shed some light.
Bath, Brunswick, and Topsham are all nice. But it might be tough finding a 3 bedroom house with land for $250,000. The farther you go from Portland, the more your money will buy. If you're wanting land and quiet, I would definitely look northward rather than southward. Between Portland and the NH border is pretty much solid city or suburbia. There are some nice small towns west of Portland, but again, finding a 3 bedroom with land for $250,000 is going to be tough.
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Old 05-31-2018, 06:41 PM
 
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How did you come up with a budget of $250,000? If you're moving from Georgia to Maine for a promotion then hopefully that promotion comes with a pay raise commensurate with the increase in housing costs in the Greater Portland area. If you could increase your budget to $325,000, or even $300,000, that would open up a much better variety of housing options within a 45 minute commute of Portland.
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Old 05-31-2018, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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How did you come up with a budget of $250,000? If you're moving from Georgia to Maine for a promotion then hopefully that promotion comes with a pay raise commensurate with the increase in housing costs in the Greater Portland area. If you could increase your budget to $325,000, or even $300,000, that would open up a much better variety of housing options within a 45 minute commute of Portland.
This is an excellent point, gf. I work with many relocating buyers who are surprised at the housing costs in Greater Portland, particularly when they come from inland. I'm working with a buyer from another New England state who reports that prices there are actually lower than here and he's taken a pay cut at his new employer.
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