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.

Spectacular Island home for sale, with privacy and a million dollar view.

Long Island, Cumberland County, Maine

Mermaid's Ledge is a very special, quintessential Maine 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

1.00 ACRES
3500 SQ FT
Rangeley's Mooselookmeguntic Lake Waterfront Cabin!

Rangeley, Franklin County, Maine

Inviting turnkey retreat has beautiful southerly exposure on the shores of Mooselook. Enjoy all the benefits of Western Maine lake: pristine water, great fishing, remote camping, low boat traffic, hunting, hiking, winter and motor sports. Amazing views of Bemis Mt. & the lake from yard & interior. Level lawn to lake with a gradual entry sandy beach marked by breakwaters, outdoor shower, mahogany deck. This furnished gem offers one level living: cathedral ceilings, large windows provide all day sun on your great room & custom kitchen. Special loft, unfinished 24x30 bonus room, large attached 3 car garage add lots of space and convenience. Multiple heat options, whole-house generator, simple winterization means enjoyment every weekend! Low Rangeley Plt taxes.

Sue Macphee, City Cove Realty

0.97 ACRES
1710 SQ FT
Cottage on Lake Wesserunsett

Madison, Somerset County, Maine

Have you been waiting for that perfect cottage on beautiful Lake Wesserunsett? Here is your chance! Beautiful 3 bedroom cottage with newer kitchen. Beautiful inside and out! Master bedroom with bath. Loads of room for your family or company. Beautifully landscaped yard. Views of the lake are stunning. This is like a summer home away from home and so worth a look. The famous Lakewood Theater and Dining Restaurant are across the lake, which offers a public dock to tie. From there, Lakewood Golf Course is just up the road from there. So many wonderful offerings in this area for you!

Whittemores Staff, Whittemore's Real Estate

0.17 ACRES
1601 SQ FT
Rangeley Lake Waterfront - Eastern Shore W / Sunsets

Rangeley, Franklin County, Maine

31 Windy Cross Road - Gorgeous home with guest cottage on the Eastern shore of Rangeley Lake with southwest facing views and year round sunsets. House sits less than 50 feet from the waters edge. Major renovation is done, full basement, fireplace and hot tub. Guest cottage is seasonal and a studio with half bath and outdoor shower. Very nice dock included on private waterfront location with swim platform and deep water mooring. Enjoy this superb location with privacy yet close to the village of Rangeley. Recently Reduced!

James Eastlack, Morton & Furbish Agency

1.91 ACRES
3609 SQ FT
In town New England style home with Kennebec River Frontage.

Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine

In-town 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom New England style home with 155 feet frontage on the Kennebec River. Close to hospital and all of town’s amenities. Metal roof, open porch and oil fired hot water radiator heating. Detached 2 car barn for storage.

Whittemores Staff, Whittemore's Real Estate

0.76 ACRES
2097 SQ FT
Salmon Lake in beautiful Belgrade Lakes area....a cottage for you!

Belgrade, Kennebec County, Maine

Salmon Lake cottage in beautiful Belgrade Lakes area. 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, wood stove and deck. 79 feet frontage on this lovely lake for your enjoyment. Road association dues are just $50 yearly. Located close to Belgrade and a lovely golf course.

Whittemores Staff, Whittemore's Real Estate

0.37 ACRES
844 SQ FT
Sportsman's Paradise! 66 acres and frontage on East Branch Wesserunsett Stream.

Athens, Somerset County, Maine

Sportsman's Paradise! Enjoy this private 66 acre lot with 685 feet of frontage on a gated road with 2200 feet on the East Branch of Wesserunsett Stream. Great spot to build your camp for hunting, fishing, or just relaxing. Great access to miles of ATV trails and snowmobile trail bisects the property.

Whittemores Staff, Whittemore's Real Estate

66.00 ACRES
Kennebec River building lots ready for you. East or West lot - 6.0 acres.

Norridgewock, Somerset County, Maine

Beautiful Kennebec River lots waiting for you. There are 2 lots, each 6.0 acres priced at $98,000 each. Easy commute to either Norridgewock or Skowhegan. Driveway in. Your dreams are waiting for you!

Whittemores Staff, Whittemore's Real Estate

6.00 ACRES
Look no more! 494 feet on the Kennebec River can be yours!

Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine

Kennebec River dreams! 17.68 wood acres with 494 feet of frontage on the Kennebec River in Skowhegan. Surveyed and soil tested, just ready for your dream home. +-2 2000 feet from power. Covenants included in disclosures. This is it! Look no more. There are two deeds for this parcel of land that make up the 17.58 acres.

Whittemores Staff, Whittemore's Real Estate

17.68 ACRES
15 acres on a paved road and 450 feet on Mainstream Pond.

Harmony, Somerset County, Maine

Great location to build your new home or camp. This 15 acre +/- parcel is located on a paved road with electricity at the street and 450 feet of frontage on picturesque Mainstream. Bring your canoe or kayak and enjoy this well-wooded lot located in the heart of Maine deer country.

Whittemores Staff, Whittemore's Real Estate

0.00 ACRES

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