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.

1463826 Ironbound Pond Camp

Solon, Somerset County, Maine

About 198 feet of frontage on Ironbound Pond in Solon sitting on 0.69 acres. Sale includes all furniture and dock. New metal roof in 2017. Come for a viewing and make this your new summer getaway home. Beautiful views can be yours from the wrap-around deck. 3 bedrooms for family and friends.

Whittemores Staff , Whittemore's Real Estate

0.69 ACRES
1088 SQ FT
Magnificent family gathering place with shared frontage on pristine Embden Pond

Embden, Somerset County, Maine

This beautiful home sets in the middle of clean, clear, fresh water in Embden Pond. Close to the mountains and shopping, you are steps away from enjoying everything about Maine and lake living! The property is part of Snowshoe Village - a shared 1645 feet of beautiful Embden Pond! There are many common areas including boat docking areas, swimming areas, playgrounds, a large gathering place, utility sheds and so much more. There is more than enough area to be 'alone' in this setting!

Ida Earle , RE/MAX At Home

0.38 ACRES
2821 SQ FT
Perfect little cove on the Back River

Arrowsic, Sagadahoc County, Maine

Two homes each on 2+ acre parcels, with beautiful easterly views over the Back River. Surround yourself in privacy and own this beautiful little cove. Live in one and have room in the other for family members or guests. 29 Arrowhead built in 1986 offers 1778 sq. ft, beautiful screened in porch, 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open concept kitchen/living room/dining room, an additional family room, attached garage for direct entry to living and full dry basement. 30 Arrowhead built in 1984 offers 1051 sq. ft., open concept kitchen/dining room/living room, 2 beds, 1 bath, attached two car garage, laundry room, full dry basement. There is also an additional 5+ acre lot available for purchase to secure your privacy on the beautiful little cove less than 5 miles to Route 1 in Bath. Call for your appointment today!

Tara Oliver , Keller Williams Realty

4.12 ACRES
2928 SQ FT
1456663 Caribou Island, East Moxie Maine

West Forks, Somerset County, Maine

SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE! Here is your chance to own a very unique property on beautiful Caribou Island on Moxie Pond. This property consists of 1.17 acres with 647 feet of owned water frontage on both sides of the island. There is an exclusive boat launch and parking area just for residents of Caribou Island. Enjoy a brief 5 minute paddle or 2 minute boat ride to your island retreat. This property also benefits from a deeded common area of 3.54 acres and an additional 1,000 feet of water frontage on the island for your enjoyment. This rustic log cabin comes fully furnished with a wood stove, a cook stove, gas range, and gas refrigerator. There is plenty of room for you and your guests with a sleeping area and a loft. Enjoyed unparalleled lake views and your own private dock for fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, and kayaking. This camp is turn key and ready for summer recreation.

Whittemores Staff , Whittemore's Real Estate

1.17 ACRES
560 SQ FT
Waterfront Vacation Getaway or Primary Home - Waterford, ME

Waterford, Oxford County, Maine

A True Four Season Getaway property! This property has the uniqueness of access to hiking, climbing, fishing, swimming, kayaking & boating; leaf peeping fall foliage & harvesting; skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing & all winter sports. All this and so much more ---- 240 feet of waterfront on Bear River with boatable access into Bear Pond!

Cheryl Willey , Century 21 North East

3.45 ACRES
2846 SQ FT
409 ft. Waterfront Land On Farrington Pond, Lovell, ME 04051 - Near Kezar Lake

Lovell, Oxford County, Maine

Gorgeous Waterfront Land on Farrington Pond~ 8.54 +/- Acres with 409 feet of waterfront in Lovell. This waterfront land is located on a quiet country road near Kezar Lake and Lake Kezar Country Club. There are hiking trails nearby, Shawnee Peak Ski Resort, The White Mountain National Forest, Greater Lovell Land Trust conservation land and Fryeburg Academy School District. Farrington Pond covers an area of 89 acres, located northeast of Kezar Lake's Lower Bay. Great pond for canoe, kayak, and fishing. Motorboats over 6 hp are prohibited on the pond. Peaceful and tranquil setting with land situated on the east shore of the pond. Potential to build with southern exposure and sunset views. Underground Electric at street.

Cheryl Willey , Century 21 North East

8.54 ACRES
Quaint village living in Mt. Vernon, ME. Minnehonk Lake life

Mount Vernon, Kennebec County, Maine

1923 town garage converted to modern home with wide open living on the lake. Main floor is residential living with 2 additional bdrms for a summer rental business. Large finished downstairs living space with exposed ledge, waterfall view, and lots of commercial sized windows overlooking the lake. Large master bedroom with balcony and private bath on the 2nd floor. Hot water baseboard heat, 2 electric heating/cooling pumps, radiant, and the possibility of 2 wood stoves.

Susan Pearson , Allied Realty

0.36 ACRES
3647 SQ FT
2014 home w / amazing beach. 3 + bdrms, 6 baths. Sunset views of the lake

New Vineyard, Franklin County, Maine

Property sits on a dead end street with only one house beyond. Quite private and easy to get to. Radiant heat throughout. The lake holds salmon, trout, togue, loons and lots of fun. Close to Rangeley Lakes region, Saddleback Mountain, Mt. Blue State Park in Weld and Sugarloaf Mountain. The heart of great outdoor experiences.

Susan Pearson , Allied Realty

0.55 ACRES
4026 SQ FT
A beautiful new waterfront home with 9+ acres of privacy and dock. Clear Lake.

Hartland, Somerset County, Maine

A beautiful home with hard wood floors, picturesque views, 9.49 acres of pristine woodland on one of Maine's purest lake. This home is offers strict privacy with all the modern conveniences.

Douglas Damon , Realty of Maine

9.49 ACRES
2300 SQ FT
Family Compound Potential w / Sandy Beach on Highland Lake, Bridgton, ME

Bridgton, Cumberland County, Maine

Beautiful Sandy Beach on the West Shore of Highland Lake. Perennial Gardens, Boat Dock, Moorings & Nicely Landscaped. Situated within walking distance to downtown and located in the Western Mountains & Lakes Region of Maine. Near Shawnee Peak Ski Resort and easy commute to Conway, NH and Portland, ME.

Cheryl Willey , Century 21 North East

0.85 ACRES
3416 SQ FT

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