Maine retirement communities among wooded settings along scenic ocean vistas and rocky shorelines ... blueberry farms ... LL Bean is here too ... cottage style architecture ... autumn leaves ... and winter activities. But there's more.
Read our interview with the experts on Maine. You can get away from suburban sprawl in the country areas of Maine.
A good way to retire to Maine--spend your winters in a warmer climate state and your summers in Maine. But, according to the Maine experts in an interview, residents of Maine love the four seasons and winter is the most active time.
|1. Woods Edge at Pheasant Knoll||Gorham/$200's||See More|
|2. The Cottages of Willett Brook||Bridgton/$100's||See More|
|3. Schoolhouse Cottages at Ocean View||Falmouth/Coming||See More|
Portland has been named one of the best and healthiest places to retire with its many recreational pursuits for hiking, boating, fishing, snow skiing and more. It is also considered a "foodie" city.
According to the recent U.S. census, Portland has 20% of the population of Maine. Maine has a very low population density of only 41.3 people per square mile.
The Woods at Canco by Holiday Retirement
By Holiday Retirement Communities - Carefree active adult rental apartment living with meals and housekeeping. Country ambience 3 miles to downtown Portland. 257 Canco Rd. Portland - 207-747-3080
Portland...Since 1929. Award-winning Independent living. Does require a deposit. See community for more information. Apartment homes. 620 Ocean Ave., Portland, Me. - 207-221-7000
Independent and assisted living apartments at market rate and affordable apartments - also assisted living units - some meals, housekeeping included in rent. 777 Stevens Ave., Portland - Ph: 207-797-7710
Cape Elizabeth...ten minutes to Portland and minutes to the Coast offering a full range of services including assisted living and respite. - studio and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments - fine dining. 78 Scott Dyer Rd., Scarborough
62+ - Near the coast very close to where Winslow Homer painted - Near Portland - Some unique features:
Camden - 80 miles north of Portland
Independent and assisted living with nursing available. Options:
Independent living with some services - historic Camden on the Coast - 80 miles north of Portland. 39 Mechanic St., Camden - 207-852-2231
Independent living near the ocean - family-owned - social activities - 5 miles from hospital - monthly rates, services, furnished or unfurnished. Sister community to Knox Mill. 51 Mechanic St., Camden - 207-852-2231
Private homes and apartments with continuum of care.
25 Thornton Way, Brunswick - 207-729-8033
Live life with a view at Penobscot Shores:
Independent living overlooking Bay - apartment or cottage - cooperative. Penobscot Bay area. 10 Shoreland Dr., Belfast
1 and 2-BR purchase apartments - river views.
207-563-5523 - 35 Schooner St., Schooner Cove
Highland Green 55+ Community
Topsham...30 minutes to Portland - Adult resort community "planned to protect natural resources, environmental quality, and biodiversity." 9-hole Scottish-style golf course. From $200's to $500's.
7 Evergreen Circle, Topsham, Me - 866-854-1200 (Will Honan, Sales Mgr.)
See our Maine Living review about this community.
Independent living apartments - also assisted living and memory care available. Co-op home ownership or rental apartments.
75 acres with meandering walking trails. Next door to Brunswick and Bowdoin College (a plus) and 25 miles to Portland. Bowdoin allows seniors to audit classes with permission.
30 Governors Way, Topsham - 888-760-1042
Bowdoin College is in Brunswick and 25 miles to Portland. Community Provides transportation to the Portland Symphony Orchestra.
Custom co-op single and duplex homes. Also, rental apartments. Minutes from Portland set amidst natural surroundings. I don't know if it has an ocean view but is near the ocean. 7 miles to Portland. Entrance fee. Sister community to Highland Green 55+ in Topsham.
Coming in 2017: Schoolhouse Cottages at Ocean View Phase 3 - taking applications for 2017. 20 Blueberry Lane, Falmouth - 207-781-4460
Gorham...15 minutes to Portland - Features independent living with one meal and housekeeping - Independent Plus will include 3 meals/day - also available assisted living and memory care. Also nursing care. 50 New Portland Rd., Gorham - 207-839-5757
Gorham...by Kasprzak...22 duplex condos in a country setting yet near Portland. Starts mid-$200's. Ridgefield Rd., Gorham - 207-249-5307
Gorham...By Kasprzak - Across from University of Southern Maine - Condos New 60 unit 55+ condo 77 acre pastoral in Gorham - 15 minutes to Portland. Sold out. Ridgefield Dr., Gorham
An interesting opportunity -- Smaller cottage homes and low prices:
Bridgton...Inland 40 miles to Portland - By Bridgton Living - Energy efficient, community garden, clubhouse. 60 homes on 29 acres. Low $100's. 234 South High St. - 207-647-3883
Rockland...Independent living apts. with meals and housekeeping. Ala carte assisted services. Resale Stonewood Cottages at Bartlett Woods are cooperatives priced in very low $200's. 90 minutes to Portland.
20 Bartlett Dr., Rockland - 207-593-2530
Bangor...Near University of Maine at Orono - by Holiday Retirement Communities with chef-prepared meals and housekeeping - rental independent living. No long-term leases.
922 Ohio St., Bangor - 207-618-9777
Blue Hill...45 minutes to Bangor - Owned by Christopher Place Senior communities - apartment-style and assisted living apts - cottage residence - view of Blue Hill Bay - meals, library van service - Blue Hill Memorial Hospital 3 miles - also has rentals.
63 Parker Ridge, Blue Hill - 207-374-2306
Orono...Affiliated with the University of Maine - apartments and cottages for sale - smoke free (verify).
9 Alumni Dr., Orono
Hollowell...Near Univ of Maine - apartments and cottages on 135 acres - also lifecare - Affiliated with the University of Maine at Augusta Senior College (UMASC). 60 Balsam Dr. - 888-321-1119 University of Maine Senior College
Hampden...I haven't visited this East Maine community but I want to from viewing their quaint and charming website. It features their main house as an elegant Manor House above the Penobscot River, retirement cottages and condominiums in a natural setting with walking trails. Not a template design at all. Also, minutes to Bangor and the Univ. of Maine.
50 Foxglove Dr., Hampden, Suite 11 - 207-862-5100
Bar Harbor...Retirement Village - Borders Acadia National Park - Also rental apartments. Purchase cottages and assisted living building. Nearby Mount Desert Island Hospital. 25 Village Inn Rd. - 207-288-8014
Saco...cooperative - Also assisted living available - 1 Harbor Dr.
Wells...not over 55 but very nice community can be for retirement. Luxury 2, 3, and 4 bedroom condominiums. Triple-pane windows. By Kasprzak. Start low $300's. Gateway Dr.
Kittery...across from Portsmouth Harbor, NH - carefree living in rental apartments by Holiday Retirement with meals and housekeeping as plusses.
220 State Rd., Kittery - 207-618-9750
Kittery...on Spruce Creek - Southern Maine - has boathouse and dock for kayaks and canoes only. Sold out. Check for resales.
York...on Coast - also life care.
Acton...Over 55 community custom built on acre+ lots by Built by Adams. Start $239,900. Few lots remain.
There are continuing education programs through Osher Lifelong Learning at the University of Southern Maine in the Portland area:
Most popular on this page:
The Cottages of Willett Brook
Ocean View at Falmouth