Harrison, Maine, “The Friendly Village”, is Four Seasons of Fun

A beautiful view down Long Lake on a fall day in Harrison Village

The town of Harrison is located at the very northern end of Long Lake, just five miles from Bridgton, 35 miles from North Conway, NH and a one hour drive from both Portland and Freeport.

 

Harrison calls itself “The Friendly Village” and by spending a little time here you’ll know why. In its quaint village area, Harrison offers two convenience stores, two restaurants, two marinas, a bank, post office, public library and town office. All are within walking distance of each other lending itself to a lot of local foot traffic and social interaction. Aside from “meeting and greeting” on the street, many will grab a coffee at the Market Basket, for example, pull up a chair at the community table, and peruse the local paper or join in conversation with tablemates.

 

The village lies between two lakes, Long Lake and Crystal Lake. Long Lake runs eleven miles to the south and ends in Naples while Crystal Lake is much smaller in size, but doesn’t lack for beauty and is big enough to offer all kinds of water recreation opportunities. At the head of Crystal Lake is a public park where the local Little League plays, and where locals enjoy a sandy beach and swimming, a public picnic area, and a small playground for children.

 

Harrison has a population of just under 2,500 which swells to many times that in the summer. Indeed, summer homes, camps and cottages dot the shores of Long and Crystal Lakes and there are many summer recreational camps for children of all ages in the area.

 

Just a mile from the village find Deertrees Theatre. Deertrees was built in the 1930s by wealthy patrons connected to the Metropolitan Opera in New York who wanted a summer retreat for opera and theater lovers. In the 1980s it had fallen into disrepair, but a strong community effort brought new life to the theater and it remains a summer destination for many, offering a full summer schedule of music and entertainment.

During the “off season”, Harrison has less going on, but nonetheless is a beautiful place to spend a weekend or a lifetime. The lakes, surrounding hills, woods, farms and fields, provide an ever-changing background of foliage, ice and snow, and the wonder of spring. You will never lack for outdoor recreational activities or the opportunity to just enjoy a connection to Nature in all her seasons when staying in Harrison.

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Bridgton, Maine Visitors Love the Lakes and Outdoors

The view from Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton, Maine

Bridgton, with a population of just under 5,000, is located along the Route 302 corridor, 35 miles from Portland and 26 miles from North Conway, NH.

While it maintains its small town feel, Bridgton is a destination for many in the area because it offers a first class hospital with a full compliment of primary care physicians and services, a brand new movie house, two grocery stores, a leading Maine-based retailer, a large building supply company, several restaurants, and a vibrant downtown area featuring many small shops and businesses.

Just a few miles west of the village is Shawnee Peak ski area with its expanded trail system, night skiing, and family-friendly atmosphere.

Many lakes and ponds fall within the boundaries of Bridgton including Long Lake, Highland Lake, Woods Pond, Moose Pond, Ingalls Pond, and Peabody Pond. All of these water bodies offer clean, clear water and ample opportunities for boating, swimming, and fishing.

Cultural attractions include the Rufus Porter Museum where you can see many fine examples of the interior, decorative mural painting done by the master of the genre from the early 19th century. Also visit the 302 Gallery, an artist collaborative offering many fine and varied examples of artwork from the area located on Main Street, and “Narramissic”, the Peabody-Finch house located in South Bridgton where you can take a walk into past by touring this restored farmhouse and enjoy the surrounding vistas.

Outdoor recreation opportunities are numerous and varied, but worth mentioning is the new walking trail that begins at Pondicherry Park near the outlet to Highland Lake and follows Stevens Brook on its two mile journey to Long Lake. Also, hike up Bald Pate Mountian and enjoy the views, hike Pleasant Mountain from the Wilton Warren Road, visit the Holt Pond Preserve, take a class with the Lakes Environmental Association, or enjoy 18 holes of golf at the Bridgton Highlands Country Club, open to the public.

It is easy to see why Bridgton is a destination for many. Locals and visitors alike love it for its location, convenience, amenities, and friendliness.

Naples, Maine is in the Heart of the Sebago Lakes Region

From up above, the Naples Causeway with Brandy Pond, bottom, and Long Lake,

Naples is one of the most picturesque small towns in western Maine. While neighboring Windham is often called the “Gateway to the Lakes Region”, then Naples surely is the “Heart of the Lakes Region” with eight lakes and ponds falling within its borders.

These clean and clear lakes include Sebago Lake, Long Lake, Brandy Pond, Trickey Pond, and Peabody Pond.

Summer visitors are drawn to the Causeway where they find lots of fun activities by day and spectacular sunsets, bustling nightlife, and restaurants and pubs by night. And no one should miss the chance to cruise Long Lake or travel through historic Songo Lock on a rented boat or cruise on the iconic Songo River Queen.

Add in golf, hiking, biking, swimming and fishing and the active outdoor enthusiast will never lack for things to do in Naples.

Local marinas provide many watercraft options for fun on the water. Enjoy over 40 continuous miles of boating in the region by going north the full distance of Long Lake to the village of Harrison or south through Brandy Pond, the Songo River and into the majestic Sebago Lake. Explore Sebago Lake’s many coves and islands, tie up at a local marina for gas and food, or fish to your heart’s content.

Whatever the season, Naples abounds with energy. Summer visitors, seasonal residents and campers look forward to the annual Blues Festival in June, the 4th of July parade and fireworks, community band concerts at the gazebo, mini-golf, arcades, novelty stores, antique shops and ice cream parlors. Fall brings leaf-peepers, hikers and nature lovers in search of brilliant foliage and clean, crisp air. For some, winter is best, with snowmobile rallies, ice fishing, and nearby skiing.

If you’re looking for a place to make lasting memories, Naples is a great destination!

Square Miles – 36.5
Population – 4,200
Distance to Portland – 30 miles
Type of Government – Town Manager/Select Board
2010 Tax Rate – $11.60/per Thousand

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Brandy Pond in Naples, Maine is Centerpiece for Boaters in Sebago Lakes Region

Dockside on Brandy Pond in Naples, Maine

Brandy Pond in Naples, also known as the Bay of Naples, is 740 acres in size, about a mile or two long by a mile or two wide, has a maximum depth of 44 feet and a water quality rating of “above average” as rated by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Brandy Pond is the middle link of a chain of three bodies of water that offer boaters over 35 miles of navigable waters for their boating pleasure. Long Lake lies to the north and reaches to the town of Harrison 11 miles distant while mighty Sebago Lake lies to its south. Between the south end of Brandy Pond and the open waters of Sebago Lake is the Songo River and it well-known lock.

Brandy Pond is home to three marinas, Causeway Marina, Naples Marina, and Moose Landing Marina. All three offer boats for sale and rental, storage, and boat maintenance and repair.

The invasive aquatic plant, milfoil, was found in the northern end of Brandy Pond in 2004, but eradicated by divers pulling it up by hand, according to the Maine DEP. Since then the local Lakes Environmental Association has been waging an heroic battle against milfoil as it has populated the Songo River. So far the LEA has kept it confined to the Songo River and has not allowed it to come into Brandy Pond, but the battle is ongoing.

Aside from its access to the attractions of the Causeway in Naples, Brandy Pond is also home to the Naples Golf and Country Club. This beautiful 18 hole course skirts the shores of Brandy Pond and is open to the public, offering respite to those who might grow weary of the water.

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Lakefront Real Estate Activity in the Sebago Lakes Region of Maine

East shore of Long Lake in Naples, Maine

 

Here is an update of the current activity in the local lakefront real estate market consisting of 20 towns in the Sebago Lakes Region of Maine – from Lovell and Norway in the north, to Standish in the south, to Fryeburg in the west to New Gloucester in the east.

Lakefront properties currently for sale:
$0 to $300k – 81
$300K to $500K – 116
$500k to $1 mil – 85
over $1 mil – 27

Lakefront properties currently Pending (under contract, going to close):
$0 to $300k – 12
$300K to $500K – 6
$500k to $1 mil – 6
over $1 mil – 2

Lakefront properties sold year-to-date:
$0 to $300k – 15
$300K to $500K – 8
$500k to $1 mil – 5
over $1 mil – 2

As you can see, about half of the sales and pending sales are in the under $300k market. The trend over the last two or three years has seen the median price for sold lakefront properties move down from over $350k then, to where it is today, nearer $300k.

We will keep you updated periodically on activity in the market. In the meantime, don’t forget to visit our website at www.lakefrontexperts.me to see all the current lakefront listings in the area.

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Thompson Lake in Oxford, Otisfield, Casco, and Poland, Maine

Lakefront spectacular on Thompson Lake in Oxford, Maine

Thompson Lake is eight miles long, nearly two miles wide, and covers an area of 4,419 acres. Its maximum depth is 121 feet, its mean depth is 35 feet, and its water qualiy is rated as “excellent” by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, its higest rating. After Sebago Lake and Long Lake, Thompson Lake is the largest lake in the area.

Located northeast of Sebago Lake and just 45 minutes from Portland, Thompson Lake is bounded by the towns of Poland to the south and east, Casco and Otisfield on its west shore, and Oxford on its south end and east shore.

Because of its size and water quality, Thompson Lake is very popular with boaters, fishermen, and lakefront property owners. Recreational boaters can enjoy all kinds of water-related activities, while fishermen will find ample supplies of brook and lake trout, pickerel, largemouth bass, salmon, and perch to wet their line on.

Lakefront property owners love Thompson Lake because homes on this lake retain their value and always garner more than their share of attention when put up for sale. At the southern end of the lake is a full service marina and boat launch.

If you crave a big lake experience without so much of the big lake boat traffic and activity, Thompson Lake might just be the lake for you.

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Sebago Lake is the Crown Jewel of Southern Maine Waters

The verdant, wooded shoreline frame the blue waters of Sebago Lake

Sebago Lake is the crown jewel of our lakes region area. Known far and wide for its size, depth and cleanliness, Sebago Lake is the reason many visitors come here in the first place and is often the reason they keep coming back year after year after year.

Sport fishermen love its salmon and lake trout, recreational boaters love its clean, clear waters, and nature lovers love its grandeur. Spend one hour on this lake and experience all of its wonderful features: wide expanses of open water, bird and animal life, towering trees along its shoreline, and inspiring views of Mount Washington and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Bordered by the towns of Naples, Casco, Raymond, Windham, Standish, and Sebago, Sebago Lake is roughly 15 miles long and ten miles wide, with a surface area covering over 30,500 acres. Its waters are so clean that it is the drinking water supply for the city of Portland and its environs. The Maine DEP rates its water quality as “excellent”, its highest grade.

Sebago Lake is 316 feet deep at its deepest (deeper even than its mighty brother to the north, Moosehead Lake) and has an average depth of 107 feet.

Many marinas serve the large boating population on Sebago Lake. They include Sebago Lake Marina and Long Beach Marina in Sebago, Kettle Cove Marina in Casco, Richardson’s Boatyard in Standish, and Panther Run Marina and Port Harbor Marine in Raymond.

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Boating Paradise Found on Long Lake in Harrison, Bridgton, and Naples, Maine

Beautiful Long Lake from the east shore, Cape Monday, Harrison, Maine

Bordered by the picturesque western Maine towns of Naples, Bridgton and Harrison, Long Lake is considered one of the premier recreational lakes in all of Maine. Along with Brandy Pond and Sebago Lake to the south, these three interconnected bodies of water form a navigable 35 mile long stretch of water that most boater’s consider their paradise.

Long Lake is 11 miles long, a mile wide, and covers 5,295 acres in surface area. It is 59 feet deep at its deepest and has a mean depth of 23 feet. The town of Harrison lies at its northern most point and Naples at its southern most point, where Long Lake flows under the causeway and into Brandy Pond, also known as the Bay of Naples.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has rated Long Lake’s water quality as “slightly above average”, reports that the incidence of nuisance algal blooms is “low”, and that there have been no documented evidence of any invasive aquatic plants such as milfoil or hydrilla.

Fish species found in Long Lake include brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, salmon, pickerel, largemouth and smallmouth bass, white and yellow perch.

There is a public boat launch in Harrison at the head of the lake, as well as one in Bridgton. The local marinas that service boaters on Long Lake are Harrison Marina and Gateway Marina in Harrison, Long Lake Marina in Naples, as well as Naples Marina, Causeway Marina and Moose Landing Marina in Naples, all located on Brandy Pond.

One of the added features of Long Lake is that it provides boaters with facilities to tie up in either Naples or Harrison where they can go ashore to enjoy a meal, do some shopping, or just walk around a quaint New England village.

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