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.

Private Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine

Vinalhaven, Knox County, Maine

Greer Island is an exclusive 5+ acre property located 2/10 of a mile southeast of Vinalhaven, ME in beautiful Penobscot Bay. The island is easily accessible by boat anytime or by foot at low tide. It is currently permitted for a deep water float dock and ramp, a 600' sf. building, and has a soils test and septic plan in place. Rustic one room fish shack/studio sits at the water's edge surrounded by wild roses. Ready for you to enjoy as is or build to suit. This beautiful gem could be your own private getaway island. Also listed as MLS #1313018.

Penney Read , BHGRE Masiello Group

5.20 ACRES
120 SQ FT
Loving living on the lake!!!

Madison, Somerset County, Maine

Has your dream been to live on the lake? Well, here is your chance to own this beautiful home on 2.26 acres on Lake Wesserunsett! Beautifully landscaped grounds with 4 producing apple trees, rock gardens and easy lake access. Enjoy the large deck overlooking the lake or the new patio. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home beautifully and tastefully decorated. Den with wood burning stove, vaulted living room ceiling with balcony, game room in the basement and a large workshop. Security system and wired for generator.

Whittemores Staff , Whittemore's Real Estate

2.26 ACRES
2832 SQ FT
Waterfront Home on Ironbound Pond, Solon Maine

Solon, Somerset County, Maine

YOUR WATERFRONT VACATION HOME AWAITS. This 2 bedroom, open concept ranch boasts 297 feet of deep water frontage on beautiful Ironbound Pond and 0.93 acres of land. Sit on the large front deck and enjoy the call of the loons or cozy up to a warm fire and enjoy life on the lake. This place has all the comforts of home.

Whittemores Staff , Whittemore's Real Estate

0.93 ACRES
832 SQ FT
Higgins Stream (Wellington Bog)

Wellington, Piscataquis County, Maine

MOOSE AND BROOK TROUT! Nice, off-the-grid cabin with spectacular view and over 1,000 feet of frontage on Wellington Bog (Higgins Stream). Enjoy fantastic hunting and cast to brook trout from your own property. This cabin has gas lights, gas refrigerator and range, and large sleeping area. Kingsbury road also serves as an ATV trail and snowmobile access is close by. Also enjoy easy access to Kingsbury Pond. If you are looking for your own private, slice of heaven, this is it!

Whittemores Staff , Whittemore's Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
600 SQ FT
Rangeley's Mooselookmeguntic Lake Waterfront Building Lot

Rangeley Plantation, Franklin County, Maine

Rangeley Plantation Waterfront Lot. Nicely wooded, level 2 + acre lot, encompassing both side of the road, on desirable, year-round, town-maintained Stephens Road. 100 feet of gradual entry waterfront has a breakwater on each side giving you your own "cove". Enjoy coveted westerly views of Mooselook's dynamic sunsets, mountains and wildlife. Mooselook's 16,000 acres offers uncrowded boating and excellent fishing. Building site offers soils test, driveway base, privacy and wonderful launch site for water activities and winter sports. Low taxes in the Plantation and only 4 miles to quaint Oquossoc Village. Come and build in the legendary Rangeley region to experience the peace, beauty and outdoor adventures the area offers.

Sue MacPhee , Morton Furbish Agency

2.20 ACRES
AUCTION - 226 Acres of Land in Rockwood, Maine with Waterfront on Indian Pond

Rockwood, Somerset County, Maine

Auction, Saturday, September 2, 2017 on site 10:30am. $2000 deposit from winning bidder, close in 45 days. Written bids accepted prior to Auction w/Pre-Registration. Price above is deposit amount ONLY. Auction with reserve. Call 207-778-1444 for more information.

Adrian Harris , Harris Real Estate

226.00 ACRES
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
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
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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