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Choosing The Right Location for Your Maine Vacation Home

With the 2020-2021 real estate boom and the post-pandemic drive to invest in second homes and vacation destinations, there is no shortage of locations in Maine that are perfect for your next vacation home. At F.O. Bailey, we are committed to helping you and your family identify the areas that best suit your needs when searching for the ideal property. Keep reading for our recommendations on choosing the right location for your Maine vacation home.



Explore Maine’s Different Regions

The great state of Maine has eight primary regions, all of which appeal to different people depending on their unique interests and preferences.

The Maine Beaches - This area of Southern Maine is familiar to many as it is a popular vacation destination for good reason. With miles of sandy beaches and well-known destinations like Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, and Scarborough, Southern Maine’s coastal beaches and surrounding communities are a popular vacation home destination for those seeking something conveniently located, accessible, and close to the ocean. There is no shortage of things to do and properties to explore in this region.

Greater Portland & Casco Bay - With Portland being Maine’s largest metropolitan area, it is a popular location for vacation homes for many couples and families alike. With quieter, waterfront communities like Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland and Freeport, the Greater Portland area is a popular choice for those looking for a conveniently located vacation home with all of the coastal New England charm you could imagine.

Mid Coast - Maine’s Mid Coast continues to be a scenic location for vacation homes. The Mid Coast is characterized by numerous peninsulas, islands and scenic lighthouses that make this region excellent for exploring, sailing and making memories.

Downeast & Acadia - It goes without saying that the Downeast Region is popular for those with a passion for exploring the rocky Atlantic Coast. It provides excellent opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, sailing and much more.

Maine Lakes & Western Mountains - Popular for those seeking a vacation home centered around winter sports, the Western Mountains are home to some of the best skiing in Maine at resorts like Sunday River, Sugarloaf and the recently reopened Saddleback Mountain. Many properties in this region are lakefront, offering excellent locations for summer memories to be made and gorgeous colors in the fall.

The Kennebec Valley, Highlands, Aroostook County - These northern regions of Maine offer a gorgeous vacation home destination for those looking to explore a more remote getaway, with a particular interest in areas like Baxter State Park, Moosehead Lake and far Eastern locations that quickly approach the Canadian border. There is no shortage of waterfront properties in this beautiful, remote part of the state.


Identify Your Non-Negotiables

As with buying any property, identifying your list of non-negotiables is an excellent starting point. Are you in need of a waterfront property? Are you looking for it to be close to ski areas? Are you in search of the perfect lake home? Create a list of the amenities that are essential to your ideal vacation home. This will help guide the property search process.


Partner with the Right Realtor

Perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle when finding your Maine vacation home is partnering with a real estate agent who can find and suggest properties based on the region that is of interest to you as well as your list of non-negotiables. When you partner with F.O. Bailey, you can rest assured that our knowledgeable team of agents is ready to work with you to find your ideal vacation home here in Maine. If you are ready to begin the conversation with our team, click here to get in touch. We look forward to serving you and your family as you seek to make Maine your home.

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