About Maine


Maine is the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi River. It is called the Pine Tree State and nearly 90% of its land is forested. In the forested areas of the interior lies uninhabited land, some of which does not have a formal political organization -- a rarity in New England. The Northwest Aroostook, Maine Unorganized Territory in the northern part of the state, for example, has an area of 2,668 square miles (6,910 km2) and a population of 27, or one person for every 100 square miles (260 km2).

Maine has almost 230 miles (400 km) miles of coastline, 3,500 miles (5,600 km) of tidal coastline, and over 30 state parks.

Bill Caldwell, one of Maine's favorite journalists, once wrote, "The weather out there changes every day. And every day I enjoy it more. If you like weather, you love Maine. In one day Maine can get up to five kinds of weather. In one year, we get 10 seasons."

So although the weather may be changeable, it's never boring. While winters are long, there are many days that are cloud-free and brilliant. Also good news is that the climate along the coastal region, which extends inland for about 20 miles, is moderated by the Atlantic ocean which makes for milder winters and cooler summers. 

Maine has the traditional form of New England government -- home rule -- said to be the only existing type of "pure" democracy. This means that state government has relatively little power, and that the town and cities make all their major decisions by citizen vote through the vehicle of annual town meetings, usually held in March. In many of Maine's 450 smaller towns and plantations, this is one of the major social events of the year, usually with refreshments and, more often than not, a potluck dinner.

There are only a couple of dozen larger cities that are ruled by city councils, although more towns are beginning to elect some officials and are hiring professionals to manage their day-to-day business.

Maine's agriculture outputs include poultry, eggs, dairy products, cattle, apples, maple syrup, potatoes and wild blueberries. In fact, the state produces 25% of all blueberries in North America, making it the largest blueberry producer in the world. Fishing once a mainstay of the state's economy, maintains a presence, particularly lobstering and groundfishing. Western Maine aquifers and springs are a major source of bottled water.

Maine's industrial outputs consist chiefly of paper, lumber and wood products, electronic equipment, leather products, food products, textiles, and biotechnology. Naval shipbuilding and construction remain also in Maine and serves as a large support base for the U.S. Navy.

Vintage seasonal camp in the Rangeley Lakes Region of Maine

Sandy River, Franklin County, Maine

Beaver Mt. Lake. Views, breezes & waterfront come with this vintage, seasonal, hillside camp. Tucked away on .69 acres of east shore, the lakeside porch provides sunsets and mountain views. Mature yard ends at 150’ waterfront where there is plenty of room for dock, swimming, boats. Cabin is ready for 3-seasons of Rangeley adventures: 2 BR, BA, large open living with KIT at one end, sitting around the stone woodstove hearth on the other. Storage under camp & in garage. In good condition for her age, this hidden gem is to be enjoyed or improved.

Sue Macphee, City Cove Realty

0.69 ACRES
572 SQ FT
Camp in Skowhegan . . . quiet and private

Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine

Towering pine and hemlock trees surround this beautiful waterfront cape just minutes from downtown Skowhegan. Come and enjoy the solitude at the end of a private road with over 150 feet of prime frontage on Wesserunsett Stream. This charming home or vacation getaway features a great room, one downstairs bedroom and a spacious upstairs loft. Bring your canoe, kayak, snowmobile, or just sit by a warm fire. This property is one-of-a-kind.

Whittemores Staff, Whittemore's Real Estate

1.19 ACRES
800 SQ FT
CENTRAL MAINE - Approx. 1,039 acres of woodland.

Chesterville, Franklin County, Maine

Approx. 1.039 acres of woodland with approx. 4,000' of frontage on paved, year-round road and 205' of frontage on 170+/- acre North Pond. Excellent huntig and bass fishing opportunities. 15 minutes to the vibrant little town of Farmington and approx. one hour and forty-five minutes from Portland. Your own private domaine!

Juanita Bean Smith, Coldwell Banker Sandy River Realty

0.00 ACRES
RANGELEY,MAINE AREA - 11+ / - ACRE Pond amidst 504 acres of woodland!

Phillips, Franklin County, Maine

504+/_ acres of woodland completely surround remote , pristine, Stetson Pond! Nicely elevated potential building site over-looks the pond. Pond has been stocked annually with 1,000 brook trout by the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Excellent hunting opportunities as well! Approx 30 minutes from Rangeley Lake and Regional Airport.

Juanita Bean Smith, Coldwell Banker Sandy River Realty

0.00 ACRES
Own your own lighthouse

Owls Head, Knox County, Maine

STANDING WATCH OVER SEAL LEDGE WITH A SWEEPING VIEW OF ROCKLAND HARBOR AND PENOBSCOT BAY is this unique Owlshead property. This traditional cape offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths master 1ST FL, screened 3 season room, large deck, att garage and newer 2 story barn w/ 3 bays and workshop. Accessed by a private road offering privacy and beautifully landscaped grounds. The SOUTHWEST LIGHTHOUSE offers the chance of a lifetime to own CG recognized navigational aid!

Brenda Pendleton, Re/max Jaret & Cohn

1.53 ACRES
1572 SQ FT
Piscataqua Riverfront Estate Auction, Eliot, ME

Eliot, York County, Maine

This is an auction and the listed price is merely the assessed value and is being used as a placeholder. The sale price will be determined at the live on-site auction. Riverfront Estate Auction Eliot, Maine Saturday, August 12th at 11:00 a.m. Live On-site Auction 38 Varney Lane is a private drive off Route 103 (Main Street) in Eliot, the right of way leads to an open 5 acre lot with 220’± of direct frontage on the Piscataqua River. This most unusual 5± acre lot, in the Village District zone, has an open field that gently slopes to the river front, and was once used as a personal golf course. There are remnants of the dock, piers, and stairs, in addition to a launching ramp leading to the Piscataqua River with ocean access. This property is just 2 minutes from Exit 1 on Route 95. Terms: The Real Estate will be offered at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 12th. A $25,000 cashier's check is required to register to bid, and will be refundable to unsuccessful bidders. The successful bidder must increase their deposit to a total of 10% of the purchase price at the time and place of auction by way of a personal check. A 10% Buyer's Premium will be added to the bid price to become the total Purchase Price. The Personal Representative of the Estate has the right to accept or reject the high bid. Open House by appointment only: Wednesdays July 26th, August 2nd, and August 9th between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please email admin@paulmcinnis.com or call to schedule an appointment. Broker Participation Invited Online Bidding Available

Paul Mcinnis, Paul Mcinnis Inc.

5.00 ACRES
2621 SQ FT
Maine Waterfront!Beautiful Schoodic Lake Home with Dock and Gorgeous Water Views

Brownville, Piscataquis County, Maine

Gorgeous, Newer Schoodic Lake Home on Double Lot with Year-Round Access and 212' of Lake Fr. Schoodic Lake is a 7000 acre 181'+ Deep, 12 Mile Long, 4 Mile Wide Pristine Lake. One of Maine's Best Kept Secrets! Cottage is just steps from the Water's Edge.Spectacular Sunrises.Open Spacious Floor Plan.Oil Heat & Gas Fireplace.Sun Porch.Lots of Space for Outdoor Gatherings. Kayak,Boat,Paddle Board. Great Fishing!

Jean Jenkins, Vacationland Realty

1.00 ACRES
2000 SQ FT
Panoramic ocean front bungalow

York, York County, Maine

Affordable price for expansive Ocean vista. Beautiful Panoramic ocean views, lush lawn & sprawling rock ledge above the waves front this year round Light House Village Colony bungalow. Located next to Nubble Light House! Efficient, updated Kitchen with hidden storage, newer shower bath, Dining/Living area, 2 bedrooms,storage loft, electric heat, gas appliances, updated porch & roof, raised bed perennial gardens. Walk to restaurants, Long & Short Sands beaches. Weekly rental potential $2500-3000.

Pauline Maloney, Stoney Knoll Realty

0.00 ACRES
572 SQ FT
Buildable Lot on Thompson Lake in Oxford, ME

Frankfort, Waldo County, Maine

Build your dream home on a beautiful water frontage lot on Thompson Lake! Across from the Marina. Property has been surveyed and the Seller will have it pinned upon receiving an acceptable offer. There is 129' on the outlet stream and 143' on Thompson Lake. See the map in the attachments for clarification. Seller will consider doing a Turn-key new construction package. The taxes for the property have not been determined at this time because it is still part of the Mill. The No. 1 I am using for the address is not correct. The lot is on Pleasant St. and it is still part of the Oxford Mill. I am waiting for the Town of Oxford to issue us a permanent address. It is directly across from the Oxford Post office. The existing gravel road is a dam access easement that can also be used as an entrance to a home being built. Call Dot Fernald at 207-240-0052 or email Dot with any questions you may have at dotfernald24@gmail.com

Scott Robert, The Dot Fernald Team

0.66 ACRES
Spectacular waterfront island home with privacy & a million dollar view.

Long Island, Cumberland County, Maine

Mermaid's Ledge is a very special, quintessential Maine waterfront island home with exceptional charm, wonderful architectural detail, a million dollar view, and total privacy. Terraced garden features roses, blueberries, crab apples and raspberries. There is a quaint guest house, voluminous deck space overlooking the Atlantic ocean, quiet spaces, and that wonderful onshore ocean breeze. A year round residence, designed and built by an engineer; this is the ultimate Maine island cottage: a very rare offering. The town of Long Island, is a very desirable place to be, with low tax rates, a full service community, a year round population of about 200, which swells to about 1,500 during the summer. A library, public schools, a local police and fireman force, a year round store, and all the amenities you would expect or require. Long Island is a very friendly and wonderful place to be.

Michael Urban, The Maine Real Estate Network

0.45 ACRES
3400 SQ FT

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