Maine is well known for its lakes. With over 5,000 expansive lakes and ponds offer year-round recreation for the outdoor enthusiast, it is little surprise that the people aspire to own homes near them. Seasonal temperatures rarely stop those wishing to enjoy the beautiful wilderness environment. Maine Lake Front Real Estate is equally varied, ranging from elegant year-round lakefront homes in the southern regions to seasonal camps.
Year Round Use
A variety of boating and fishing opportunities are enjoyed throughout the state year-round including canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting and sailing. Visitors and residents alike enjoy both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Maine is known for its fishing as abundant salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, striped bass and bluefish are all found. Many of the waters are stocked regularly and highly restrictive regulations apply, thus ensuring long term vialbility of our natural resources.
Searching for Lakefront Real Estate
Use our experience to your advantage. We've designed specialized services to assist people in fulfilling their dream of owning a piece of Maine's vacationland. To familiarize yourself with the area, use the lake maps and links below.
When you're ready, you can customize a home search that will focus only on those properties that meet your requirements. Use either our MLS Search or Lifestyle Map Ssearch to be confident that you will have all the information necessary to make an intelligent homebuying decision.
Each region of Maine offers water recreation and desirable home ownership.
Homebuyers have endless waterfront and waterview real estate options.
From the beauty of Sebago Lake to the more secluded Moosehead area, there are homes available in all styles and price ranges.
The Southern Region (Sebago)
Less than 30 miles northwest of Portland is the Sebago Lake Region, an area consisting of nearly 50 lakes nestled among rolling green hills and towering pines. Sebago Lake, the largest in the state, covers over 45 square miles. There are many vacation homes and resort properties along its shores.
Among the popular smaller lakes nearby are Panther Pond, Little Sebago, Long Lake, Thompson Lake, Coffee Pond, Brandy Pond, Moose Pond, Pleasant Lake, and Crescent Lake.
The Belgrade Lakes Region is one of Maine's premier communities and four-season vacation and recreational destinations. The area offers peaceful lakeside surroundings, superb fishing, as well as swimming, boating and hiking.
While the greater Belgrade region includes the China Lakes area to the east and the Winthrop lakes area to the south, the actual Belgrade Lakes are usually defined by a chain of seven fresh water lakes ranging in size from 500 acres to 8,000 acres. All the lakes feature excellent fishing and boating and all have state maintained boat launches for easy accessibility.
Located 4 hours from Boston the Rangeley Lake region offers not only a spectacular natural setting, but true seclusion. Nestled in the western mountains, the terrain includes hills, valleys and mountains not typically found in the southern part of the state. Lakes and ponds of all sizes are found here and the fishing is considered the best in Maine.
Lakes in the area include Rangeley Lake, Mooselookmeguntic and Cupsuptic Lakes, Upper and Lower Richardson Lakes, Aziscohos Lake, Umbagog Lake, which straddles the New Hampshire border, and Kennebago Lake. Twenty-five miles to the northeast sits Flagstaff Lake.
Moosehead Lake is the largest lake east of the Mississippi contained within any one state. Moosehead Lake is extremely large and stretches 40 miles from south to north, is 20 miles wide, and has a surface area of over 75,000 acres. Surrounding the lake are vast forests and wilderness. Boston is approximately 260 miles away.
What is considered a shoreland in Maine is important when you are thinking about long-term options for your property.
All land within 250 feet of the highwater line of any pond over 10 acres, any river that drains at least 25 square miles and all tidal water and saltwater marshes
All land with 250 feet of a freshwater wetland over 10 acres.
All land within 75 feet of streams that are outlet of great ponds or streams below the confluence of 2 perennial streams.
Real Estate Values Although not true in all cases, real estate prices tend to be less expensive the farther up the Maine coastline you go and the farther inland you travel.
Maine has long been a destination for second homes either along the coast or one of our beautiful lakes or rivers.
Following several years of depressed pricing, the market is improving and it appears to be a good time to make a purchase.
Customize Your Search
Our home search is very easy to use. Select your price range, location, waterfront type & home style. Receive email updates of all matching properties. You will have access to all properties for sale in the Maine MLS.
Why Use a Buyer's Agent
By retaining the services of a qualified and professional Buyer's Agent, you have access to equal representation in the real estate transaction.
If you are thinking of buying a home, or are in the process of buying one, you can't afford to do it alone.
Local knowledge can be hard to come by. While the Internet can be a good place to begin your search, there is no substitue for hands-on experience in the local market.