Maine Tips

Michael Sosnowski
Maine Home Connection & Associates
Keller Williams Realty
50 Sewall St
Portland, ME 04102
Phone: (207) 553-1313
Mobile: (207) 807-1902

Maine is well known for its dramatic ocean scenery, tranquil lakes and roaring rivers. The state’s geography is immense – and much larger than most people realize. For example, the eastern most portion of the continental United States is West Quoddy Head in Lubec Maine. Stretching from this eastern most point, along the jagged Maine coast, are famous lighthouses, sandy beaches and historic fishing villages. As you move south, the landscape changes and the cities and towns become larger until you reach Casco Bay and the Greater Portland area, the economic hub of the state.


Inland you will find the majority of Maine’s lakes and rivers, with Moosehead lake in the north, Rangeley Lake in the west, Belgrade Lake in central region and Sebago Lake only 40 minutes from Portland – too name few.


Maine today is still dominated by forests – over 80% of the state is blanketed with great stands of trees. The imagery of white pines, giant spruce and towing hardwoods sweeping from the mountains to the sea is captured magically by the American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay of Camden, Maine in her famous work “Renascence”:


“All I could see from where I stood
was three long mountains and a wood
I turned and looked the other way
and saw three islands and a bay”

There is great diversity in Maine waterfront and real estate choices vary considerably whether you are considering a property on the ocean, on a lake or along a river.
To begin, the coast of Maine is very large – approximately 3,500 miles. There are 5,785 lakes, ranging in size from small pools to much larger water bodies known as “Great Ponds”. These are lakes that are in excess of 10 acres.


Considering this size and scope, finding waterfront property that meets your needs can be challenging, especially if you unfamiliar with the state. Our goal is to match your specific needs and lifestyle with the most appropriate property available. Although there is waterfront properties on the market everywhere in Maine, most buyers tend to focus their search in the southern section of the state.


Waterfront property consists of two components – land and building. Understanding the value of each is important when evaluating properties. Below are some basic guidelines to follow


The Premium of a Water View
An impressive view is the most important attribute any waterfront property. Sunrises and sunsets, and the location of docks and decks all have an influence of your personal enjoyment of the property and its overall value. Views of mountains or city skylines also add value.
Value of a Sandy Beach
Whether it’s a lakefront or oceanfront, Maine is known for rocky coastlines and an unsoiled natural beauty. Sandy beaches are a premium, so if you enjoy water sports, especially swimming, make sure this is a high priority. These types of homes and lots are valued at a premium. If a sandy beach is not possible, a sandy bottom is also good.
A Level Lot
The topography of a lot adds to the value and utility of any waterfront property. When evaluating homes, try to avoid inclines and hills, especially those that impede access to the water. Although such properties might provide for more panoramic views, they reduce the overall usefulness.
The Value Privacy
As the saying goes, there is only so much waterfront available. Achieving privacy the coast or a lake is a daunting task. In most cases, try to purchase the most “owned” waterfront your possibly can, as this is often a true measure of privacy in the long run.
Understanding Shoreland Zoning
Building regulations regarding waterfront homes has changed dramatically over the years. There are more restrictions and getting close the water is more difficult. For this reason my buyers will consider older homes that were constructed before such legislation was in place. Understanding shoreland zoning requirements is important for anyone considering waterfront property.

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