Zoning? You're Not in Massachusetts Anymore, Dorothy!
In Maine your neighbors' homes might not look anything like yours.
"[House seekers] should keep in mind that most villages on the coast are still active fishing communities," says real estate broker Laura Read. "I live and work in Kennebunkport. This summer, I had a half-million dollar house on the market in Cape Porpoise. It was a pretty yellow Cape with four bedrooms and plenty of yard for kids to run around in. However, to get to it, you had to drive through a lobsterman's yard, full of traps and discarded rope and lumber and buoys and plastic buckets and recycling cars. It took me forever to find a buyer. Everyone loves to eat lobster and to see the boats in the harbor, but they don't want evidence of the trade in the backyard. I finally did get a buyer from New Jersey who liked the local flavor and they are happily settled in."
Excerpted from the second edition of Moving to Maine: The Essential Guide to Get You There and What You Need to Know to Stay by Victoria Doudera, published by Down East (2007)
- By: Victoria Doudera