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.

Charming Country Cottage on beautiful China Lake

China, Kennebec County, Maine

Looking for that perfect family cottage? Beautifully finished 3-bedroom cottage with 100’ of open lakefront right on China Lake. The beach area is just steps away with the children always in sight, even from the deck. Large living room offers plenty of room for family & friends to gather. Views of the water from nearly every window. In the evening, enjoy the tranquil sounds of the water lapping on the shore and the loons singing in the background; relax & enjoy the beautiful views and sunsets of China Lake. Dock included.

Robbin Eusebio, Century 21 Surette Real Estate

0.19 ACRES
786 SQ FT
Stunning Waterfront Home

Jackman, Somerset County, Maine

Remarkable one of kind custom built home, no details have been left out! Over 8 acres of land and 400ft of water frontage. First floor consist of 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, open kitchen, living room & dining for easy entertaining. Convenient first floor office with custom built-ins, oversized half bath with laundry. Downstairs offers easy walkout basement to a beautiful view of Big Wood Lake and multiple flower gardens. Wet bar and family room are just a few amenities the downstairs has to offer.

Kathy Reynolds, Century 21 Surette Real Estate

8.00 ACRES
2101 SQ FT
Spectacular and Private Waterfront Four Season Contemporary Home!

Litchfield, Kennebec County, Maine

Spectacular four season lakefront Contemporary! Custom built with 3 floors of living space, cathedral ceiling, 3 full bathrooms, sauna, hot tub, screened lower porch, upper deck has open and screened area overlooking the lake. Property is well landscaped, walking bridge, four car garage!

Donna Guiggey, The Maine Real Estate Network

4.35 ACRES
3503 SQ FT
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
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

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