My First Time in Maine

Sunsets from my deck

The first time I came to Maine was quite an experience. After driving for several hours from Massachusetts, I had reached the town of Naples and, as I was driving up Route 35 heading to Harrison, ME, I could not believe the beauty. It was in the fall and the foliage was at its peak. The colors were breathtaking. As I crossed the town line into Harrison and looked to my left, there was a view I will never forget. The White Mountains.

 

I continued on to Cape Monday Cove, my ultimate destination, which was to become my home on Long Lake. I was elated. I have lived here for over 30 years now and the view of the sunsets from my deck will never cease to amaze me.

 

Weekends at my home with my children and grandchildren are the best.

 I so enjoy watching my family frolic in the water, jumping off the dock, basking in the sun, waterskiing, taking a ride in our boat and just having fun.  When the “Fall  Season” begins, we enjoy hiking.  One of the spots we hike to is nearby Eagle Rock. When we reach the top, we love to sit and gaze out at Long Lake and watch the Eagles soar by. 

 

As I sit in my cozy living room in the winter, I look out my window and watch the snowmobilers, skaters and ice-fishermen enjoying Long Lake. Often, I will join the fun with my family.

 

If you are looking for a home on a lake in Maine, Long Lake is the place to be.  Over 30 miles of boating is available: from the northern tip of Long Lake, hence through Brandy Pond, then down the Songo River into the length of Sebago Lake.

Naples, Maine, at the Heart of the Lakes Region

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

Moose Pond in Bridgton, Maine – 7 Miles of Wildlife and Water Fun

The northern end of Moose Pond looking at Shawnee Peak ski area

 Moose Pond in West Bridgton stretches seven miles from its wilder reaches in its north end in Sweden to its shallower, more placid south end in Denmark. In between find its widest and deepest section in Bridgton just south of the Route 302 causeway. Here the pond is nearly a mile wide and its maximum depth reaches 70 feet.

The distance around the perimeter of this riboon of water is over 33 miles. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has given Moose Pond an “above average” water quality rating.

Moose Pond is the setting for one of the most striking views of the area, that of Pleasant Mountain and Shawnee Peak ski area from the Route 302 causeway that bisects Moose Pond. To your right is the wilder, more undeveloped north end of Moose Pond and to your left is the main body of the pond with the massive bulk of Pleasant Mountain, fronted by the ski area, looming up behind.

Moose Pond is home to many different fish species including bass, perch, trout, and pickerel. Because of the variety of shoreline and water depths, Moose Pond is a favorite for local fishermen. There’s a public boat launch at the causeway.

In the winter you’ll find the main body of the lake dotted with ice fishing houses and the surface crisscrossed with snowmobile tracks.

In the summer, take a break from the pond to hike up Pleasant Mountain and enjoy the magnificent views. The town of Bridgton is nearby offering shopping, restaurants, and a movie theater. Just 15 miles further west along Route 302 enter the shopping mecca of sales tax free North Conway, NH.

Check out all the lakefront property for sale on Moose Pond and other area lakes and ponds by going to www.mainelakefrontexperts.me .

Lakefront Property Sales Information for the Sebago Lakes Region in Maine

Here are the latest figures about activity in the Sebago Lakes Region regarding the sale of residential lakefront property as of June 11, 2011. The area covers 20 towns and 60 lakes and ponds.

Current number of lakefront residential properties listed for sale, by price:
under $300k – 97
$300k to $500k – 132
$500k to $1 mil – 90
over $1 mil – 26
total – 345

Lakefront properties sold year-to-date by listing price:
under $300k – 18
$300k to $500k – 9
$500k to $1 mil – 9
over $1 mil – 2
total -38

Lakefront properties currently pending, i.e. under contract, not yet closed:
Under $300k – 13
$300k to $500k – 8
$500k to $1 mil – 7
over $1 mil – 2
total – 30

If you are a seller these numbers are not very encouraging as there is such a high inventory of lakefront homes for sale in relation to the number of solds or pending sales. Conversely, if you are a buyer, there’s tons of inventory from which to choose in a market that has beaten down prices and low lending rates.

If you’d like to look at all of the current lakefront listings for sale just go to our website at http://www.lakefrontexperts.me/.

Crystal Lake in Harrison, Maine Offers Boating, Swimming, and Fishing Pleasure

The shoreline of Crystal Lake in Harrison

Crystal Lake in Harrison is one of the most popular spots in the area because of its wonderful sandy public beach, convenient boat launch, and welcoming picnic area. Here you can sit in the shade of white birch trees and gaze down the lake to Deer Hill and Hawk Mountain on the northern horizon. Adjacent to the picnic area is a ballfield and a playground for children of all ages.

Two miles long and a mile wide, Crystal Lake has a surface area of 446 acres, a maximum depth of 65 feet, and a water quality rating of “slightly above average” as determined by the Maine Department of Environmental protection.

According to the Lakes Environmental Association, Crystal Lake is annually stocked with brook trout and land locked salmon from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. These coldwater fish find good habitat in the lake’s cool and well oxygenated deep waters. In addition, healthy bass populations, white perch, yellow perch, hornpout and chain pickerel are also found within Crystal Lake’s waters.

Crystal Lake is home to Camp Pinecliff, a summer camp for girls, and Vacationland Campsites, both located on the northern shore. Route 117 follows its eastern shoreline providing pleasant views of the open water and surrounding hills. Its western shoreline is more recently developed and here you can find many, newer year round homes and cottages.

Check out all the current lakefront properties for sale on Crystal Lake and other area lakes and ponds by going to www.lakefrontexperts.me.

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.

Check out all the lakefront properties currently for sale in the area by clicking here.

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

View all of the current lakefront properties in the area by going to http://www.lakefrontexperts.me/

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.

Take a look at all of the lakefront properties currently for sale on Brandy Pond and throughout the entire region by clicking here.

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.

Take a look at all of the lakefront properties currently for sale in the Sebago Lakes Region just by clicking here.