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NAPLES Directly downtown of Naples Maine. The perfect commercial, rental units, office space, function hall, barn, retail, residential, rental. Beautiful post and beam barn. $2,900,000 John Jabar 207-712-4247
PORTLAND Deering Center one of a kind property with many possibilities. Current use is a floral retail business with attached greenhouse, as well as a separate three bedroom apartment. Zoning is residential, but potential grandfathered uses likely include those allowed in the B-1 zone. Parking for approximately 10 vehicles. $550,000 Loren Ayer 207-504-4953
NEWRY Enjoy all that Sunday River has to offer, without having to be in the middle of it all. These oversized lots offer breath taking views of the Sunday River trails, and panoramic views of the area and are located 5 miles away from restaurants and entertainment.
PORTLAND Historic well cared for turn-of-thecentury brick building on corner of West Street & Vaughan. Includes coveted off street parking. Relax in this 2nd floor, 3-bedroom West End condo w/wood burning fireplace, large bay windows, high ceilings, outside deck, hardwood floors, natural gas fuel for heat & cooking. Over-sized private storage area in pristine basement. Perfect for living & working at home. Steps to scenic Western Promenade, dog park, MMC, walkable to all of Portland. $475,000 The Murphy Team 207-712-4796
NEWRY Beautiful and secluded subdivision near the Sunday River Ski Resort. These lots have some breathtaking views, and you are close enough to the action to be involved in the fun no matter the season. $95,000 Jeff Clark 207-595-0260
Eliot: The Residences at Eliot Commons are designed for adults 55 and above who are seeking well-built, energy-efficient, comfortable apartments in a small town setting which also offers easy access to nearby urban centers, the Maine and New Hampshire seacoasts. The apartments are well appointed with modern appliances and granite countertops. Several units and floor plans available.
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Standish-Awesome opportunity to purchase your own country paradise! Over 8 mixed wooded acres off a quiet private road. Potential building sites including an already cleared area abound and can be close and far from the road but all very private. Call today!
Kennebunk-Welcome to 28 Shorebreezes Lane! Short Walk to Parsons Beach. Rare 2 BR/ 2 BA Cottage has been completely renovated. Well run private association which includes a large common area with pool & play area, the association fee includes WiFi. Everything is included!
Waterboro - Waterfront! Come plan you home on this affordable waterfront lot with 173’ of frontage on Lake Arrowhead. You will enjoy all the community amenities including public water, Clubhouses, Pools. and Gym and tennis Courts. Call Today and start planning your project!
Waterboro-Coming Soon! Large ranch in a country neighborhood near Ossipee Lake under construction! Features 1500 sq ft room for a garage, Hardwood floors, Master suite and more under 300k
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Kennebunk-Newly Rebuilt YR Cottage Steps from Parsons Beach. Community completely surrounded by Rachel Carson preserve. Wifi is included at this pet friendly association. Cathedral ceilings, Tiled bath, large deck, modern barn door with beveled glass, custom granite steps and more.
Waterboro-Brand New! Being Built now! 3 Bedroom 2 Bath with Cathedral Ceilings, Hardwood floors Granite and garage in the heart of Lake Arrowhead Community with access to the lake, Clubhouses, Pools and Community Gym!
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Oakland-Affordable building site, located on a private drive. About a mile from the town of Oakland and the schools of RSU 18. Near Waterville and the Belgrade Lakes Region.
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RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH NEW FLOORING One of your home’s most noticeable design elements is actually right under your feet. Whether you realize or not, your choice for flooring has a critical impact on the entire look and feel of every room in the house. And with the new year on the way, it’s time for you to look at your flooring and see if a new style would be right for you.
Unlike a lot of other home projects, you can put in new flooring during the colder months. Refresh your floor style with some of these ideas:
Go with a lighter hardwood. Wood floors will never go out of style, but lighter-toned hardwoods with smooth, matte finishes are becoming more popular. 4-5-inch widths are also popular. Choose a natural finish. Natural finishes for wood floors are also rising in popularity over stained wood floors. To achieve the natural look, the wood is oxidized with minerals that react with tannins in the wood to create color. Gray is here to stay. Gray is a popular color in home décor, and gray wood flooring is no exception. Shades of gray run the gamut, from light gray, to driftwood to darker rustic hues. Gray wood floors look great in a kitchen, especially when paired with white cabinetry. Hardwood in bathrooms. Many homeowners are also opting for hardwood floors in bathrooms, especially a distressed or antique look that adds a unique warmth. If opting for
hardwood in the bathroom, it’s a good idea to finish floor areas where puddles may form – such as outside of the shower or tub – with tile. Blend with dark carpeting. Dark colors are popular in carpeting – colors such as black, charcoal, or jewel tones like ruby red or emerald green. These rich colors play well with warm woods when used for stair runners or area rugs in bedrooms and living spaces. Opt for low-profile, patterned carpets over thicker, shag varieties.
So, while you’re spending time indoors this winter, focus on the flooring and play with some of these style ideas in your head. Consider refreshing your flooring in the new year to give your home a style boost and contact your home contractor or local flooring company for samples and more great ideas.
CREATIVE WAYS TO USE THAT SPARE BEDROOM
If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom, you may want to think of it less as a rarely used landing spot for guests or a place to store extra ‘stuff,’ and more as a blank canvas - a pleasant spot you can use for rest, relaxation, hobbies or exercise, or even as a money-making option.
Consider these inspiring ideas from room designers and creative thinkers:
GET CRAFTY - Do you sew occasionally? Like to draw or paint? Love to do amazing gift-wraps? Fill the room with smart choices of furnishings, storage, tables and accessories to make your hobby more fun than ever. MAKE IT PERSONAL Turn the room into a ma’am- or man-cave, with comfy furnishings, a TV and sound system and anything else you need to make it a cozy, personal retreat. MAKE IT A STUDY - Create a cheerful home office space where you or your kids can pay bills, read online or study without interruption. Install a work counter/desk across one wall, add enough chairs and supply drawers, plus computers and printers as needed. BUILD YOUR OWN LIBRARY - Book lovers can line the walls with shelving, collect books to their heart’s content, install a chair or two and some great reading light, and revel in a private library.
MAKE MUSIC - For parents and/ or kids with a passion for making music, lay down thick carpeting to soak up sound, add a few comfy floor cushions for musically inclined visitors and make room to jam with friends or solo with as many instruments as you wish. START A GARDEN - Wish you had a greenhouse? You can cultivate seedlings in that spare room from the waning days of winter through early spring. Buy ready-made shelving and add light fixtures and supplies appropriate for nurturing baby plants. SWEAT IT OUT - Whether you practice yoga, run or do strength training, you'll be more motivated, better disciplined and more excited about your workouts in a dedicated exercise space. Drag that treadmill out of the basement, add all the exercise equipment you want and go! AIRBNB IT - Make a few extra bucks by renting out your guest room through Airbnb. Outfit the space with attractive towels, linens and toiletries, and make sure your home's Wi-Fi password is prominently displayed.
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Waterford-Country Inn w/8 guest rooms, 8.5BA, 17+ acr, Select Registry Designation, pond, lg barn, wd floors, screened porches. $749,000
Harrison-3BR/2BA, remodeled kitchen, dining rm, lg liv rm w/wood floors & pellet stove, deck, large master BR, detached garage. $249,900
Bridgton-Cute downtown Main St shop with FHA heat, AC, laminate wood floors, vinyl siding, private parking, 10’ ceilings, 880sf, public sewer and public water. Great for hairdresser, bakery. $149,000.
Hiram-Beautifully maintained 1865 farmhouse set on 141 acres. Newer metal roof, farmers porch, FHA oil/ wood furnace,4 wood stoves, barn, and attached one BR suite. $585,000
Bridgton-Farmhouse & barn set on lot backing up to Willet Brook. 1st Fl BR, wide pine floors, new windows, office and one bath. $225,000
Bridgton-Large wooded lot with expansive mountain views (with cutting) in gated association. 14 acres. $99,000
YORK BEACH! .33 acre lot at the beach! Close to Long & Short Sands Beaches. Foundation is already in. Access to town water & sewer. $349,000
NEW CONSTRUCTION IN YORK! The ‘Markey Prime’ offers 3 BRs, 2.5 BAs, 1,568 SF of living space. Open concept first floor living. $484,000
YORK-YR ROUND FREE STANDING CONDO! Short walk to the beaches.This 4bd/4ba with 2 car garage overlooks Ice Pond.1st floor guest suite. $749,800
Limington-200+/- acres & over 5,000 ft of frontage on the Saco River.Great development potential.Easy access to the land and river. $600,000
YORK HARBOR COLONIAL! Updated kitchen w/breakfast nook, formal dining rm, fireplaced living room, 4 BRs & unfinished room over the garage. $595,000
YORK COTTAGE just steps to the Atlantic Ocean! Knotty pine walls, bunk room, fireplace, remarkable views of Nubble Lighthouse & more! $995,888
BRING IN THE NATURAL LIGHT WITH THESE HOME FEATURES There’s no substitute for natural light. It makes your home feel more uplifting and energized, which is why it’s usually atop the list of requirements for luxury homebuyers. While tall ceilings and oversized windows are sure to let the sunlight pour in, here are a few features that ensure you’ll have an abundance of natural light each day. SOLARIUM
A solarium is like having a greenhouse connected to your home. The walls and ceilings are often designed entirely with glass and are heated by the sun, but can still get comfortably warm on a winter day. They’re ideal for growing plants that require a full day of direct light and provide an idyllic spot to soak up the sun while doing yoga, curling up with a book or just hanging out with the family.
An atrium is a space within your home that’s either open-air or covered with a glass ceiling. While relatively rare in private residences, they add a striking element to any interior and allow natural light to flood into the center of the home. Originally, they were designed to increase ventilation in houses and are becoming popular once again thanks to sustainable movements, like biophilic design.
RETRACTABLE GLASS WALLS
Sunrooms are also usually built with glass walls and ceilings, but unlike a solarium, they’re integrated with your home’s heating and cooling system. A major advantage is that this is more of a four-season room that you can enjoy day or night. However, a sunroom requires high-performance glass to retain heat and air conditioning, otherwise, you’ll likely rack up a hefty energy bill.
Of course, nothing beats a retractable glass wall to let the light pour in. On warm, sunny days, you can easily open it up to let the outdoors inside and bask in nature from the comfort of your living room. Compared to the other options, this is the most practical to add to your home for more natural light without undertaking a major renovation project. Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2020. All rights reserved.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR WATER HEATER GOING STRONG ALL WINTER LONG By Anita Ginsburg
It's never convenient to have your water heater stop working, but it is even worse during the winter. To ensure your water heater is fit to last the entire season, here are some tips for routine maintenance that you can perform. As you cover these points, you can also conduct a mini assessment of your water heater's health to identify any warning signs or potential hazards that may need to be corrected before the temperature drops.
CHECK THE VALVE
SET THE TEMPERATURE
Most water heaters are built to last over a decade, but as they age, they require more care and attention. Even just a few minutes of annual maintenance can prevent unnecessary malfunctions and disruptive breakdowns. The first thing you should do prior to winter is check the water pressure valve; it's located on the side of your water heater, and it stops the temperature from rising to dangerous levels.
Your water heater should be capped at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, so as to prevent scalding and burns. If your heater doesn't have a built-in temperature gauge, you can use a standard cooking thermometer to test the water temperature. If any of the hot water coming from your faucets surpasses 120 degrees, there is a higher risk of mechanical failure, sediment build-up and burn injuries to you and your family.
If too much pressure builds up, though, your water heater tank could actually explode. To release pressure and ensure yours is in tip-top shape, place a bucket beneath your water heater's discharge pipe and lift the pressure-release valve. Water should discharge at this point. If it doesn't, the valve needs to be replaced.
If you find that your temperature gauge is set properly, but your water is too hot or too cold, contact a professional right away to identify the cause of the problem. Your tank may need flushed or there could be a mechanical issue that needs addressed.
HAVE THE TANK FLUSHED
One of the most common water heater repair jobs is a tank cleaning. This removes built-up residue, dirt and sediment that accumulates throughout the year. Experts recommend annual flushes, which can be done at an affordable cost. Having a technician conduct the cleaning can also ensure your heater is functioning properly as they'll also do a professional inspection. If they notice any other problems, they can inform you about the risk and offer potential solutions. You can add these repairs to the current job or schedule them for later at your convenience.
If your water heater is a decade old or even older, it might not be properly insulated. Newer models come insulated to prevent heat loss and maintain system stability. However, older models will require a fiberglass jacket. Make sure that you consult your owner's manual prior to installing any insulation; you should also avoid any type of contact with the furnace's flue. If you aren't sure how to safety insulate your furnace and its pipes, this job can easily be done in a few hours by a licensed plumber.
No one wants to deal with cold water in the middle of winter. To ensure that your home's water stays nice and warm all season long, check your water heater and do some basic maintenance. If you're unsure about something or you notice a problem, have a professional come take a look at it. The sooner you catch potential problems, the easier they will be to take care of! Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, Colo. You can find her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.
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5 Ways to Impress
Prospective Buyers If you think a mansion-like size, a swanky neighborhood or lavish grounds are the only way to impress visitors to your home, think again. While those characteristics can certainly be awe-inspiring, it’s really the small details that create ‘wow’ moments for guests. Consider some of the following ideas for evoking oohs and aahs from guests or would-be buyers if your home is on the market:
LIGHTING. No matter how small or ordinary your house
PAINT. The right paint color will completely change the feel of your home, both inside and out. While neutrals are both attractive and safe, being a little daring with on-trend shades will really evoke the ‘wow.’ Try one of the many popular shades of gray, go bold with a jewel tone, or create a moody tone with a muted shade of blue. Also think outside the box when it comes to how you paint— for example, instead of bright white, paint the ceiling an eyepopping color; or create a patterned effect with painted stripes in a powder room. Go for a dramatic look in the kitchen by painting upper cabinets white and lower cabinets deep navy or charcoal.
MATERIALS. Using interesting building materials in surprising places is a great way to spark interest. Try framing the interior of your front door in stone or using tongue-and-groove wood planks for a bay windowsill. Flooring is available in many unique options, such as ceramic tiles or laminates that mimic beautifully shaded wood.
DECORATIVES. The easiest way to instantly create a
GARDENS. If you’ve got a green thumb, your biggest 'wow'
may seem, the right lighting will create mounds of atmosphere and immediately elevate your home into the ‘wow’ category. Use bulbs that are the right temperature to create a warm, glowing effect as opposed to a glaring, harsh experience. Then place your lighting strategically to highlight the most unique features of your home, such as two sconces or lanterns by your front door, or ground lights shining up into beautiful trees. Pathway lights help create a welcoming feel and string lights on a porch or patio instantly up the entertainment factor.
‘wow’ moment is by showcasing your most prized decorative pieces. Show off a painting or photograph with a bold matting and frame, and add a picture light if appropriate. Incorporate special antique furnishings into the mainstream mix of your home, as opposed to hiding them in out-of-the way places. Fill your sparkling crystal vases with fresh blooms or greenery and place them in the center of your dining and coffee table to be admired by all rather than letting them go unnoticed in the china cabinet.
factor may be your home’s landscaping. A beautifully planted, well-maintained garden is a sight to behold no matter how small it may be or how large your yard. Help showcase your garden with carefully placed decoratives, such as a bird bath, trellis, slate path or stone bench. This will add a welcoming, artistic feel to your patch of landscape. Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2020. All rights reserved.
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MOTIVATED SELLERS. ALL REASONABLE OFFERS WILL BE CONSIDERED! 4D Lodge where you & your guests can roam 173 acres of serenity & privacy behind gated access. Nearly a mile of frontage on the Saco. 6000 sq. ft. red cedar masterpiece should be seen to be appreciated. Four spacious BR, all with private baths. MLS 1439161. $1,249,000
This Pasture & forest is waiting for your new home! Wonderful field area approx. 13ac and the balance is forest. Lots of frontage on the Nonesuch River and the road. Seller has seen a 14 lot conceptual plan for lot by Corner post survey. Power is at the street. MLS 1476323. $625,000.
Completely renovated 3BR home, new kitchen, finished basement being used as Master BR en-suite and family room. Minutes to Long Lake and commutable distance to Portland. MLS 1448704. $200,000.
Nice Cluster of lots on gravel street intown. Base seems to be there for street & sewer in place. Opportunity for builder or investor.Lots are 39.69x110, 30x110,and 30.91x110 feet. Not located at the end of the street but before Survey Pin flagged with tape. $45,000. MLS 1457067
Beautiful spacious ranch on large lot w/ access to Notched Pond. New paint, systems and appliances. Central air! Vaulted ceilings and open floorplan with main floor master & attached bath. 2 more BR on other side. Finished walkout basement Deeded access to a natural spring. $339,900. MLS 1475793
SACO Quality Colonial close to everything. 3 finiahed levels w/granite counters & and stainless appliances, formal dining, front to back great room & more. 3BR including Master + game room upstairs. 3rd level is finished and ready. Large 2 car garage with direct entry to home. MLS 1463402. $499,900
INVESTORS TAKE NOTICE!! Duplex in Lakes Region. Both units currently occupied w/ month to month leases, BOTH units have open kitchen/dining rooms, & living rooms, 2 BR, + ample storage & own W/D hookup in basement. MLS 1477428. $250,000.
1 level living duplex within walking distance of town. Great owner occupied opportunity. Large, sunny, private lot with gazebo & large out building. Detached 2 car garage, plenty of parking. Separate utilis, laundry rooms, large deck & nice yard. MLS 1477795. $399,900.
Welcome to Tallwood Estates. This untouched .74 acre lot is waiting for you to build your dream home. As an added bonus, enjoy deeded access to a waterfront lot with a dock and views of Linekin Bay. $75,000. MLS 1436607
Tucked away on the outskirts this quiet neighborhood is the perfect place for your dream home! Mature trees and large lots offer plenty of privacy. Close to shopping, restaurants, schools, I95 & area amenities. Sebasticook Lake access! Lot 11. MLS 1469703. $29,900.
Tucked away on the outskirts, this quiet neighborhood is the perfect place for your dream home! Incredible location-close to everything incl. I-95. Sebasticook Lake access is around the corner! Get your house plans ready! Lot 1. MLS 1469708. $42,900.
Charming farmhouse on 57AC convenient to I95. Beauty, privacy, and space! 2 outbuildings 2 story barn with enough room for all of your toys, projects, equipment or animals. MLS 1463925. $269,900.
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