The Southern Maine Coast is famous for its fresh seafood and sandy beaches. In fact, it’s one of the best places to go on vacation. But have you ever thought about making this Vacationland into your home state? Or a second home? Why not? Southern Maine is an ideal place to live, work, raise a family or visit several times are year in your vacation home. You don’t have to save the beach for that one week each year; you can walk the beach as part of your daily exercise routine when you live here.
Relocating to southern Maine can mean owning a waterfront home on a fresh Maine lake or river, or living seaside in an oceanfront home or condominium. Homes in Maine can be surprisingly affordable, so you can make your Maine vacation into a daily reality.
The communities of Southern Maine from Kittery and York to Wells and Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, Kennebunk Beach and Kennebunk, and further towards Portland including Biddeford Pool, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach, all have sustainable year round communities that make their living in Maine and enjoy four seasons of outdoor activity.
Mainers will tell you that while they love summer, they also love spring and fall when the tourist season subsides and they can enjoy all the attractions the vacationers come for – without the wait or crowds. And winter along the coastline in Southern Maine is surprisingly mild because the Atlantic Ocean actually causes more temperate weather, and snow often melts close to the coast because the ocean never freezes.
Southern Maine is convenient for commuters to work in Portsmouth, Portland, and even Boston - only 1.5 hours away, with daily train service now via Amtrak’s Downeaster high speed rail. Jobs in Southern Maine range from the obvious tourism and hospitality business, and the fishing industry, to start up cottage industries of web technology and media services, to energy companies, and large corporations in the contracting, engineering and health care fields. Southern Maine offers its residents a delightful mix of historic homes, museums and traditional holiday celebrations – but there are also modern hospitals and excellent school systems.
Southern Maine has a vibrant art and cultural society, with festivals year round – local artwork, music, food and even beer and wine are celebrated at these Maine fests. The southern region of Maine offers diverse and convenient shopping from your chain stores and of course world famous outlet shopping in Kittery, Portland and Freeport, but there are also uniquely Maine bargain stores like Mardens and Reny’s plus plenty of Maine crafts, organic and farm raised Maine food co-ops.
Consider moving to southern Maine to enjoy the natural beauty of the beaches, coastal villages and friendly people. Things are more relaxed in Maine, the dress code is casual – with LL Bean setting the standard, and the food is farm to table fresh – or fisherman’s catch to table when it comes to lobster, crab and clams among other popular Maine seafood caught year round.
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