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Old 12-03-2009, 01:45 PM
 
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Sebec gets over 100 inches of snow annually and has about a month of near 30 below zero temperatures. A bit harsher than we're used to now. What I have learned was that in the winter we don't go outside a lot unless we're headed off to work. We just stay in the house. So it doesn't matter if it's 36F or -30F. We hand shovel the house now and that's getting old. Especially now that the new influx of people don't understand that if you shovel a spot for your car it's not for them. We have relatives that live in Florida that have been brought to tears by escalating property taxes. Looks like they have to move. I guess a good choice now would be the Carolina's. One of our neighbors in Sebec said his wife demanded to leave the harsh winter and head there. They sold everything an built a house down there. 5 years later they're back in Sebec. Must be somethng about the air. I chose the site because I too like to build things and a 4 and a half hour drive puts me right in my driveway and I'm ready to go. That's about 700 feet long. I have a guy keep it clear all winter long for what we in the city would consider cheap. I have a tractor to clear it when we arrive for good. I like the prices for sevices there. When dealing with people everything seems fair. I like the fact that you can't sell something that's worth a dollar for a buck and a half. Your best bid might be 90 cents. It's a mindset like this that keeps the property taxes and town spending down to earth. Building new let me delve into the "Super Insulated" type structures. That will put a handle on heating costs. So I guess it's really about money and fixed income. My biggest hurdle is health insurance. We'll be 55 upon arrival and won't be able to do the Medicare thing for quite some time. That will be a challenge but I'm working on this. Here I'm paying about 1200 dollars a year for water. In Sebec it's free! Now and then one of our neighbors invites us over for dinner. I noticed that most of what's on the table didn't come out of a store. Looks like they're pretty self sufficiant. The foods good and I'm sure they're not dropping 200 bucks at the grocery store every week. I'm looking forward to living a less stressed and more simple lifestile. I think that the "If your lucky enough to live in Maine, Your lucky enough." slogan makes sense to us.
I'm actually older than you by a few years, and I want to move out of New York City.

I've been planning this move for five-years.

I've considered Alaska, Washington (State), Oregon, New Hampshire, coastal Canada, and Maine.

So far, Maine is winning by a mile.

Maine has many downsides for me: high income tax (I don't plan to retire until I drop), growing Lyme and EEE disease, sometimes unreliable utilities--but I can't think of any other negatives that those other states don't have, too, and then some.
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:50 PM
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Frostbite, like yourself, I am planning on making Maine my final resting place. I looked in Fl, they can have it. (Before anyone yells, that is just personal preference.) I looked at lakes in many southern states and if you like muddy and brownish water..that may be for some...not for me. Sure there is snow up in New England but each area has some type of weather pattern that isn't pleasant at times. If you are retired and don't need to go to work....let it snow! Depending how far north one goes, I figure you have from April-Nov for decent weather. Yes, April and Nov are iffy but I can live with them. We have black flies but I would much rather them than the damn roaches down south. Heck, I just bite them back.

I swear I made my post about April and November BEFORE I read this one! Lol...............didn't try to steal your thunder :0


I thought it was great! NP! I couldn't believe there was actually another out there who had a mindset like mine. Don't know if that is a good thing for you or scary!...lol!!
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Thanks for the reply.

I'm actually almost 60 years old, self-employed (I can work anywhere there is moderately fast internet), and I intend to work until I drop.

I asked my original question about why people my age want to move to Maine, to see if there is some negative factor I am missing, because most everything about Maine strikes me as perfect.
Often as people age they develop Arthritis. Which does not allow them to be on cold weather.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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Often as people age they develop Arthritis. Which does not allow them to be on cold weather.


When, if we can really retire... we are talking about spending summers here and somewhere warmer in the winter.

The offical residence would be somewhere with no income tax also.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... The offical residence would be somewhere with no income tax also.
I would be very hesitant to retire anywhere that I had to pay income taxes.

There are just too many places where retirees do not pay them, to be burdened in such a manner.

One of the many reasons why I enjoy having retired in Maine.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:41 PM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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When, if we can really retire... we are talking about spending summers here and somewhere warmer in the winter.

The offical residence would be somewhere with no income tax also.
Come be my winter neighbor! No state income tax here. I think we'd have some fun!
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Woburn MA
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Ok I am reading your post, and you are heading for what I just did. I am from MA and moved to Southern Indiana this past summer. Slower pace of life, friendlier people, much much cheaper prices for everything including taxes.. For the most part it was a good move, but it is a culture shock. With the slower less stressed pace of life, you also get slower, ehem.. less informed people. People are nice because they are simple. I don't know any other way to put it. Sometimes it is like being in the twilight zone. Another thing is, out here (not sure about central Maine), everything is miles away. There is no corner store just down the street to pick up milk, I go through a lot more gas here. It has it's pro's and con's. But I do have to say as much as I love New England, the stress of what everything costs was killing me. I wish you luck in your move.. just curious why central Maine and not closer to the coast like Eliot, or York?


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Sebec gets over 100 inches of snow annually and has about a month of near 30 below zero temperatures. A bit harsher than we're used to now. What I have learned was that in the winter we don't go outside a lot unless we're headed off to work. We just stay in the house. So it doesn't matter if it's 36F or -30F. We hand shovel the house now and that's getting old. Especially now that the new influx of people don't understand that if you shovel a spot for your car it's not for them. We have relatives that live in Florida that have been brought to tears by escalating property taxes. Looks like they have to move. I guess a good choice now would be the Carolina's. One of our neighbors in Sebec said his wife demanded to leave the harsh winter and head there. They sold everything an built a house down there. 5 years later they're back in Sebec. Must be somethng about the air. I chose the site because I too like to build things and a 4 and a half hour drive puts me right in my driveway and I'm ready to go. That's about 700 feet long. I have a guy keep it clear all winter long for what we in the city would consider cheap. I have a tractor to clear it when we arrive for good. I like the prices for sevices there. When dealing with people everything seems fair. I like the fact that you can't sell something that's worth a dollar for a buck and a half. Your best bid might be 90 cents. It's a mindset like this that keeps the property taxes and town spending down to earth. Building new let me delve into the "Super Insulated" type structures. That will put a handle on heating costs. So I guess it's really about money and fixed income. My biggest hurdle is health insurance. We'll be 55 upon arrival and won't be able to do the Medicare thing for quite some time. That will be a challenge but I'm working on this. Here I'm paying about 1200 dollars a year for water. In Sebec it's free! Now and then one of our neighbors invites us over for dinner. I noticed that most of what's on the table didn't come out of a store. Looks like they're pretty self sufficiant. The foods good and I'm sure they're not dropping 200 bucks at the grocery store every week. I'm looking forward to living a less stressed and more simple lifestile. I think that the "If your lucky enough to live in Maine, Your lucky enough." slogan makes sense to us.
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Limestone, Maine
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You are right to seriously consider Maine for retirement. I've lived up here in Northern Maine for almost 15 years. I grew up in NYC and Bergen County NJ. It took a few years to get used to the cold. Northern Maine has about an six to eight month winter and southern Maine four to six months. Many young people leave because there are fewer job opportunities "away from it all" and some come back when they decide they don't want to live in the rat race anymore. In the last few years I've meet at least a dozen people that have returned or vacationed up here to snowmobile or hunt and decided to spend their retirement years in Maine. The people here are more laid back, honest and friendly. A good choice but so is NH and Michigan.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Androscoggin
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Just curious why central Maine and not closer to the coast like Eliot, or York?

Central Maine seemed to be about where the population density starts to thin out. York and Eliot are not so much different than Southern NH or even parts of Central Massachusetts. Property prices reflect. We have friends that built in Sanford. I think it's the fastest growing town in Maine. Probably doubled in size in the last ten years. We visit them and don't really understand why they built there. I'm pretty sure it must have something to do with humans being naturally gregarious. It's nice and I don't think they have a lot of gang activity. But not a real change of lifestyle as far as I can see. Central Maine looks like it's far enough away from the "Money Machine". Unless Pine suddenly increases in value tenfold one can bet there wont be graffiti on the mailboxes for at least another 100 years.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:10 PM
 
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I listened to a real estate podcast this week originating from Phoenix, AZ which discussed the mass exodus from that area. .
Yes, the real estate market dropped quite a bit here- we rank right behind Nevada. However local predictions claim that within 4 years, values will start rising.

You are right though, the grass is always greener!
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