On the way home they can pick up some lobster at the Lobster Shack, some veggies for a colorful salad at Higgins Beach Market (and perhaps an ice cream cone, if they are too hungry to wait), and some tasty pastries at the bakery inside Highland Avenue Garden and Greenhouses. Or if they prefer they can stop at Al’s Variety for a quick sandwich, or visit Pleasant Hill Café for some corned beef hash, before going down the street to Lifestyles Fitness Center to work off all the goodies that they just ate. More formal dining is available at Garfalo’s inside the Higgins Beach Inn or at the Spurwink Country Kitchen.
All of these places are just a short distance from 10 Pleasant Avenue, where there is a wonderful backyard to enjoy a lobster bake.
We have a home for sale on the waterfront here in Gray, Maine. Let’s take a look at the neighborhood.
While enjoying the luxury of a brand new home on Little Sebago Lake, you will want to amuse the kids as well as the adults. Even the teenagers like to stop at “Skippy Scoops” for a delightful ice cream sundae. If you run out of gas for the outboard, or even need some milk for the morning breakfast, nearby ” Lil Mart” is just like a general store. If Rover cuts his paw on one of the rocks, North Windham Veterinary Hospital is just a short distance away. “Mardens,” a surplus and salvage outlet, will entertain the most discriminating shopper, but we must not forget meal time. If you are too tired to barbecue dinner, DiSanto’s and Cole Farms are just around the corner, and directly across the street is Spring Meadow Golf Course, which will help to keep you in shape after a relaxing day at the lake..
Do you ever become tired of the same old Mexican food? Does it all start to taste alike? Last month Los Tapatios opened at 671 Main Street in South Portland and serves authentic South of the Border food. Starting with the tasty, not screaming with cilantro, salsa and light, but not too salty or brittle, tortilla chips, smiling Moasse served two combination plates a tostaguac, a chile poblano, and a taco ($9.49), and a burrito, an enchilada with rice and beans ($9.49).
The food was delicious, the service good, and the prices are reasonable. Los Topatios is decorated with colorful Mexican flags, ceramic tiles, and memorabilia, and serves a wide selection of imported and domestic beers, but boasts about offering the best margaritas in town.
Maine Custom Realty is here to help you find homes for sale on the islands near Portland Maine. After each island description, you’ll find a showcase of all the homes currently for sale on the MLS on that island, including Peak’s Island, Great Diamond Island, Chebeague Island, Long Island, Cushing Island, Bailey’s Island, and Cousin’s Island.
Islands of Maine Real Estate for Sale
Peaks Island is the most populated of the Casco Bay islands, is considered part of the city of Portland, and is about three miles from downtown Portland. The 740 acres became known as the Coney Island of Maine in the 19th century when it became a poplar summer destination. Although it was an important outpost during World War II, today it is home to artists, retirees, and some commuters, but swells by a substantial summer population. Casco Bay Lines makes 14 departures daily for the 20 minute trip to the island. Homes for sale on Peak’s Island:
Visitors can enjoy the three museums-most dealing with the Eighth or Fifth Maine Regiment and the Peaks Island Military Reservation, the library, the ice cream and gift shops, the three restaurants, but most of all, the scenic views, the master gardens and lots of art galleries. Peaks Island is a quiet scenic retreat surrounded by friendly locals. Great Diamond Island, also part of Portland, is a 20-25 minute ferry ride from the city. Golf carts and bicycles are popular modes of transportation since private gasoline powered vehicles are not allowed. Diamond Cove, a ferry stop on the northeast side of the island, is the former Fort McKinley which was built between 1894-1907 to defend the coast during the Spanish American War. The army barracks and officers’ quarters were renovated into gracious homes which now have slate roofs, wooden porches, grand staircases, and multiple fireplaces. The former Quarter master’s storehouse is now Diamond Edge Restaurant, a 5-star seasonal eatery. Also in renovated buildings are Diamond Cove General Store, Art Gallery, and Museum. Diamond Cove is on the National Register of Historic Places. Little Diamond Island, a 15 minute ferry ride from Portland, is a private island, known as Little Hog Island during the colonial era. At low tide it connects to Great Diamond Island by a sandbar. Approximately five persons live on the island year round, but 55 homes or cottages are on the island. Homes for sale on Great Diamond Island and Little Diamond Island:
Long Island, which is six miles off the coast of Portland, is about three miles long and one mile wide, and well known for its sandy beaches. The population rises to about 1,000 during the tourist season and shrinks to about 200 in the winter. Many of the locals work in the lobster industry.
It served as a fueling depot for the US Navy during World War II, and many of the military buildings still stand along the shore today. In 1993 the Town of Long Island, Maine was formed and is now a vibrant community with improved municipal services, a dynamic school system, and lower taxes since they seceded from Portland. They offer a new library, an art gallery, state of the art fire and rescue department, an active recreational department, a post office, two stores, an inn, a seasonal gift shop, and a community center. Homes for sale on Long Island:
Chebeague Island, the island of many springs, is a 60-70 minute ferry ride from Portland. It is five miles long and one and one half miles wide, is the largest island in Casco Bay, and home to about 360 year round natives, but swells to 1,600 during the summer. Although they have one taxi, a bike or a golf cart is the recommended mode of transportation to find the Niblic Boatyard, the library, Doughty’s Market, town hall, Calder’s Clam Shack, the Museum of Chebeague History, the Chebeague Island Inn, the Great Chebeague Golf Club, or the post office. Homes for sale on Chebeague Island:
Cliff Island, about a 70-90 minute ferry ride from the city, is the smallest year-round island in Casco Bay and the last stop for the ferry. There is an extensive amount of property in conservation land for permanent protection of its rural atmosphere including its unpaved roads which explains why few cars are used and many bicycles and golf carts are seen. The 60 year-round residents are greeted by another 150 tourists during the summer. Among the amenities are the Cliff Island Library, Cliff Island Historical Society, and “Ace” organizations – athletics, conservation, and education- which hosts events involving the environment, sports, arts and crafts, and entertainment. They have one market and restaurant (Pearl’s Seaside Market and Café) open ear round, a post office, tennis court, and community hall, as well as a one-room school house.
Cushing Island is privately owned land which is also part of Portland. Fewer than 50 families live there seasonally. The US Army built Fort Levett in the 1890’s and named it after the English explorer and first settler of what is now Portland. The island was originally known as Levett’s Island, and was last used for coastal protection during World War II. The 200 acre parcel was purchased by the island residents in 1970.
Bailey Island, a part of Harpswell, is a mecca for tourists looking for a taste of salt water living, a serene way of life, and lots of scenic, natural beauty. Connected to the mainland by a bridge, Bailey Island includes lots of beaches, walking trails, Sea Life Learning Center with tidal pool touch tanks, gift shops, art exhibits, and Cook;s Lobster House, a work famous restaurant which was featured in a world-wide Visa commercial in 1997. It is surrounded on three sides by water, and diners can watch the fishing boats unload their catches while enjoying a Maine lobster. The Baily Island Bridge is a historic civil engineering landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because it is said to be the only one in the world built as a cribstone bridge. There are also two inns on the island. Homes for sale on Bailey Island:
Cousin’s Island in Casco Bay, is home to the Wyman Energy Center. There are some nice homes on the shoreline of the island. It’s accessible by a ferry ride from Chebeague Island or a bridge from the mainland. Homes for sale on Cousin’s Island:
Island real estate in Maine is limited, but you have some options between the islands in the Casco Bay and the Harpswell Sound. Please don’t hesitate to contact Maine Custom Realty if you see a home you like, we’re your source for Island Real Estate in Maine.
If you plan to list your home on the market this spring or summer, you might be looking for the most cost-effective renovation to set your house apart from the competition. If your kitchen and bathrooms have been updated lately, your next best project is a master suite upgrade.
The master suite is the area of the house where you want to feel most comfortable and at ease. A mid-range master suite addition or renovation recoups 67.5 percent of its cost, and a modest remodeling can create a big impression. Consider skylights. Concentrate on natural light and fresh air to make a room feel larger and welcoming. Energy Star certified solar-powered, fresh-air skylights provide day lighting, privacy, and more security than an open window as well as cost effective passive ventilation. Solar powered blinds are a plus. They could also be eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit.
Paint the walls a neutral color, and remember that the baseboards also need attention as well as the window trim, ceilings and inside the closets too. Luxurious bedding will created a restful atmosphere. The master bathroom should also be repainted in a color that complements the bedroom. Add plush towels, a toweling-warming rack, and an upgraded shower head and faucets always make a good impression. Also consider the shower door. Replacing it is a simple, quick fix which will put a shiny look. Replace the straight shower curtain rod for a curved one that greatly increases the spaciousness of the shower area. Add airy curtains to make the rooms look bigger and brighter.
These simple tasks will create a master suite which will certainly be an asset when it comes time to sell. Please contact us for professional assistance if you are thinking of selling a home here in Maine.
These homes for sale in Westbrook Maine all have basements. Included in the list are full and finished basements as well as daylight, walk-out basements. Click on a thumbnail for more information on one of these properties.
You’ll find plenty of storage in these homes! Take a look at our page on Westbrook Maine Real Estate for more search options including a Map Search Feature. Contact us if you’d like to take a look at one of these properties.