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Old 01-13-2010, 09:14 AM
 
Location: MidCoast Maine
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Hey Everyone,
We've visited Maine 2x so far, and will make at least one more visit this coming mid-February to get a sense of the colder time of year. (we're from California)
One area that we are zeroing-in on is the Mid-Coast peninsulas. Maybe around St George, Friendship, or the Pemaquid areas.
Would you be able to offer any insight as to the pros and cons of living on a peninsula, and also those areas in-particular. Possibly how they might compare in relation to a bit of a more inland location as far as weather, services, etc. I read something about property taxes being lower in one of those areas due to some sort of endowment, which we don't quite understand. Any other items that may relate specifically?
This forum is certainly a treasure! Thanks again for all of your insight.
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Peninsula towns are busy in the summer with lots of people from away here to enjoy their cottages. They are very quiet in winter. Somebody posted a short video of a coastal town in winter. You should view that short video several times before considering such a purchase. The word "bleak" defines it well.

Maine has lots of towns that have strong senses of community and are busy year round.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... Would you be able to offer any insight as to the pros and cons of living on a peninsula, and also those areas in-particular. Possibly how they might compare in relation to a bit of a more inland location as far as weather, services, etc. ...
Inland tends to get cooler.

In my area we could not possibly grow peaches for example.

However the coastal peninsulas are more influenced by coastal weather patterns: more fog, less lower temps.

I am familiar with a farmer on one of the peninsulas that makes a living growing peaches.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:07 PM
 
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Hey Everyone,
We've visited Maine 2x so far, and will make at least one more visit this coming mid-February to get a sense of the colder time of year. (we're from California)
One area that we are zeroing-in on is the Mid-Coast peninsulas. Maybe around St George, Friendship, or the Pemaquid areas.
Would you be able to offer any insight as to the pros and cons of living on a peninsula, and also those areas in-particular. Possibly how they might compare in relation to a bit of a more inland location as far as weather, services, etc. I read something about property taxes being lower in one of those areas due to some sort of endowment, which we don't quite understand. Any other items that may relate specifically?
This forum is certainly a treasure! Thanks again for all of your insight.
I've heard that Peninsulas might be among the last areas to get utilities turned back on in times of outages.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I live on one of those peninsulas, although not one of the ones mentioned. They do have lots of summer people. Not many people in the winter. The ones mentioed aren't all that far away from population centers, so the availability of the larger stores is there.
I suppose they could be considered bleak in the winter, but no more so than say Costigan.
The power can go out in the winterand sometimes does. The power gets put back on where there are more people first. It is not an issue. The power doesn't go out that often.
All of the areas that were in the op are quite nice areas. Never have heard of the tax thingy. You would have to check the mil rates for each of those towns to see if you like the possible expense.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:15 PM
 
Location: MidCoast Maine
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Inland tends to get cooler.

In my area we could not possibly grow peaches for example.

However the coastal peninsulas are more influenced by coastal weather patterns: more fog, less lower temps.

I am familiar with a farmer on one of the peninsulas that makes a living growing peaches.
Wow! Peaches!
My wife will be excited to hear about that! I don't think she thought that would be possible there. Thanks for the news!
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:23 PM
 
Location: MidCoast Maine
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I live on one of those peninsulas, although not one of the ones mentioned. They do have lots of summer people. Not many people in the winter. The ones mentioed aren't all that far away from population centers, so the availability of the larger stores is there.
I suppose they could be considered bleak in the winter, but no more so than say Costigan.
The power can go out in the winterand sometimes does. The power gets put back on where there are more people first. It is not an issue. The power doesn't go out that often.
All of the areas that were in the op are quite nice areas. Never have heard of the tax thingy. You would have to check the mil rates for each of those towns to see if you like the possible expense.
Thanks for the note on the power thing. I'm pretty sure we'd install a back-up generator just to keep on the safe side.

May I inquire as to what you would describe 'bleak' as? I'm guessing it would be in reference to a lot of grey and cold. Any other thoughts on what constitutes 'bleak', and why in particular on one of the peninsulas? Thanks!
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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I would describe "bleak" as numerous unoccupied houses, closed stores, closed restaurants, few visitors and a raw wind off the Atlantic. You can be warm by the fire with a good book and a cup of tea, but it sure will be bleak outside on the peninsulas.
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I would describe "bleak" as numerous unoccupied houses, closed stores, closed restaurants, few visitors and a raw wind off the Atlantic. You can be warm by the fire with a good book and a cup of tea, but it sure will be bleak outside on the peninsulas.


I'll agree with your weather assessment, But it is no worse outside on the coast than outside in Alton, or Lee, or Rangley,Topsfield... These areas aren't exactly hotspots either.
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:51 PM
 
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all nice areas- st george, tenants harbor, port clyde, owls head, thomaston- all areas id consider living

pemaquid area would be my first choice- love the south bristol-damariscotta-pemaquid, new harbor area
(boothbay harbor, also)

many coastal towns are busy in the summer-alot happening, and quiet in the winter-

if you have a boat and like to fish- you'd be in heaven- boat rides and ocean fishing are awesome!!


there's a hospital in damariscotta (not far from pemaquid )
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