Fall Foliage Family Hikes Southern Maine

Burnt Meadow Mountain – Brownfield (Trailhead off Spring St. Brownfield)
Burnt Meadow Mountain, close to the New Hampshire border, is comprised of three similar summits. The well-marked (though somewhat overgrown) route described here scales the eastern spur of North Peak and offers beautiful views beginning just 0.15 mile from the start.
The broad, grassy summit gives kids room to play and adults room to spread out a feast with the White Mountains as a backdrop. The climb in some places is somewhat steep, count on carrying preschoolers part of the way.

Selling and Listing property in the Lakes Region

Selling and Listing property in the Lakes Region can be a rewarding job for me. I closed on a waterfront condominium on Long Lake in Bridgton last month for some great clients. It was a challenging process with the bank requirements and restrictions in the last few years. My clients have dreamed of owning a vacation home in the Bridgton or the Naples area, wanting to be on Long Lake. They have been vacationing in Maine on Long Lake for many years. Their dream was to have a place that would be easy to maintain, to own a boat slip and of course waterfront to enjoy summers in Maine with their children and grandchildren. They decided a condominium would work best for them. They are now the happy owners of their dream vacation home on Long Lake. They recently sent me a thank you card explaining how happy they are and thanking me for all my assistance. This reassures me that I am pursuing my passion, that Real Estate and working with wonderful clients is my dream job! Barbara L. Howe

Summer Fun

Last summer my mother-in-law, who is a member of the Bridgton Historical Society, took me to see Narramissic, an historical farm in South Bridgton. It is a little hard to find but is absolutely beautiful. We meet up with a friend of ours and had all four pups running around in the fields. They had a blast being off leash.  They also host town events like their annual Blue Grass Festival and many others; the farm house is old but cute, they also would do field trips for schools or maybe something educational for you to take your children to this summer and plan a picnic afterwards.

For more info contact:

info@bridgtonhistory.org

 

This was a great article on how Radiant heat that I wanted to share on our blog:

Radiant Heat Cuts Bills 25% to 50%; E-mail 5 Reasons to Love It
Home owners can trim their heating bills by 25 percent to 50 percent by installing radiant heat, according to home ownership site HouseLogic. Radiant heat, where hot water runs through tubes or electricity courses through coils, costs $5-$15 per square foot to install.
Source: realtormag.realtor.org
Radiant Heat: 5 Hot Reasons to Love It: Radiant heat warms the body, not the air, producing a toasty feeling that takes the chill out of winter.
• Hear the silence: Unlike forced air systems, which hum and swoosh, radiant heat systems are quiet–no air echoing through vents or furnaces firing up.
• Feel the still: Radiant heat transfers heat from tubes or panels to people and things. No air rushes into and around the room, preventing drafts and static electricity that literally stands your hair on end.
• Breathe the air: Radiant heat is good for your allergies because it doesn’t kick up dust or pollen that swirls through the air and up your nose.
• Change the plan: Radiant heat is easiest to install in new construction, but it’s also simple to add to old construction or remodels. Radiant heat mats easily install under new tile, while radiant panels fit nicely on ceilings or walls. You don’t have to worry about where to put ducts or registers–radiant heat doesn’t need them.
• Set the temperature: Radiant heat, which can supplement other heat sources, is easy to zone through individual, programmable thermostats. Each room can feel the heat for as long and as high as you want.
By Wendy Paris, Published Oct 15, 2010

Sunrise on Long Lake

 What a wonderful moment looking out to the West Shore of Long Lake.  When I took this picture I felt an endless source of bright beginnings and inspiration.  Sitting on my deck and watching the morning sun spurred a love for capturing light, reflection and the magic of color with my camera.  There was a loon watching with me.  What a beautiful way to start my day.  If you are looking for a home with waterfront…..Long Lake is the place to be.   

Strawberry Short Cake

Was at Pie Tree Orchards the other day and found this whopper of a strawberry! They also have pea, apple, pumpkin, blueberry, and bean picking at the right time of the season. They will drive you out to the spot of picking or you can take a leisurely stroll. It is quite the experience; the views of the White Mountains are beautiful! If you’re looking to sell or buy in the area please contact me suzzanah@mainerealestatechoice.com . For Pie tree orchard information click on link www.pietreeorchards.com.
Also try this easy strawberry short cake recipe:
1 box angel food cake, bake as directed
2 quarts Pie Tree strawberries, crushed
1 can sweet condensed milk
1 can whipped cream
Directions: after crushing your strawberries to your desired texture simply stir in the can of sweet condensed milk and refrigerate until ready to serve. Simply spoon over your cooled angle food cake and top with whipped cream!

Loon Long Lake Loons

Have you ever heard the cry of the loon? What an experience to sit on your deck, have the loons swim by and call out to their “friends”.. l-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-n.

Living on Long Lake in Harrison, Maine gives me such pleasure. As I sit on my dock in the afternoon I am so intrigued by the beauty of the lake.

I am a Real Estate Agent working with Anne Plummer & Associates. It has been my pleasure to list and sell properties on Long Lake for a number of years now.
Long Lake is bordered by Naples, Bridgton and Harrison.

Call me if you are looking for a year round home, summer residence, or a camp
In any one of these towns.

I will be there when you need me.

Moose Sightings

I was listing a house off the Gore Road in Naples, Maine today (around the corner from Sebago Lake).  As I turned onto Lake House Road, I saw this huge moose in the road.  He or she was on the S-turns on that road, so I was glad no one was coming the other way.  I took these photos from my car, so hopefully they came out okay.

The second picture shows the moose standing by the sign showing how curvy that part of Lake House Road is.  The moose ran up the side of the road for quite some time, kept looking back at me, then crossed the road again and sauntered off into the woods.  The wildlife is one of the biggest reasons I live in Maine.  It made my day J

Jodi Chute

Real Estate for Baby Boomers

Baby boomers are the first generation in the last 100 years who have experienced the wild swings in the real estate market. I’m a baby boomer, and in a quarter of 100 years selling real estate in Maine. I’ve seen interest rates go from 21% to 3.5% for a 30-year loan. A new 3 bedroom, 1 bath ranch in the Lakes Region area, go from $69,900 to $169,900. Now it’s time to make that shift for the next phase of life, whether it be downsizing or buying a vacation home for the whole family that you will retire to, or not wanting to deal with the maintenance of a home and buying a condo.

One of the most difficult things I encountered as a real estate agent is to go to someone’s home to do a market analysis; one of the spouses has had a heart attack, is in ICU for weeks then passes away, leaving the surviving spouse with hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospital bills with no means to pay them. Your older years should not look like this.

Baby boomers should seek the help of an Elder Attorney for their real estate, life insurance and will preparations. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my children to have to deal with this if something happens along the way. I didn’t fall into the category of having little fear of mortgage debt, like 1/6 of baby boomers. I am more like my parents with a lot of old fashioned values.