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For over 100 years Old Orchard Beach has remained high on the list of most popular summer resorts on the East Coast. With its seven miles of fine sand beaches, seaside amusement park, family and fine dining restaurants, numerous lodging options (including hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts and family campgrounds), and 396 foot pier boasting over 20 shops and boutiques, Old Orchard Beach continues to attract tourists from all over the United States, Canada and abroad.
Located just south of Scarborough Old Orchard Beach starts at Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, and ends at Camp Ellis where the Saco River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Old Orchard Beach’s 9,000 residents enjoy a friendly small town atmosphere and the convenience of municipal services normally associated with larger cities.
The cities of Biddeford, Saco and Scarborough are immediate neighbors, offering a variety of services and shopping. The Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford provides quality medical care for the region. In nearby Prout's Neck is the Winslow Homer studio where the artist worked at the turn of the century.
New England's largest salt marsh is off Route 9 in nearby Scarborough providing guided walks and canoe tours. A few miles north is Portland, Maine's largest city, with a full array of stores, shops, and dozens of galleries and restaurants. The Old Port is a showcase for artists, musicians, actors and craftsmen, and its waterfront has bloomed into a business and shopping destination.
Old Orchard Beach is part of the RUS 23 school system, which includes Saco and Dayton. Annual expenditures per student are $7,270 compared to a national average of $5,691. The student/teacher ratio is 11.5.
Old Orchard Beach Real Estate
Unlike most communities in Maine, condo sales in Old Orchard Beach historically represent over 50% of all real estate sales annually and 2016 was no exception. While 2014 was the first time that single family homes exceeded 100, 2016 was even better as 128 properties was sold, representing an increase of 12.3% - on par with Maine and York County and far exceeded results from Cumberland County. Condo sales ended the year at 146, reflecting a small gain of 3.5%.
After experiencing price improvement in 2013, single family home prices declined in 2014 by 6.1%, which was unfavorable to other communities in York County. This trend was reversed, however, in 2015 as the median price of $236,000 represented the highest level achieved in the last decade. In 2016 the median selling price increased yet again to $242,000 – setting a new record. Inventory in many way limited sales growth, as evidenced by the short time properties were on the market. At 22 days, single family homes were selling quickly.
2017 Sales - YTD Results Through January
Median Prices YTD 2017 | 2016
Unit Sales YTD 2017 | 2016
All housing data has been compiled from research by Maine Home Connection using information from the Maine Real Estate Information System (MREIS)
As condo sales improved for the fifth consecutive year, reaching a record level, pricing continued to increase. Pricing of $204,000 represented an increase of 10.2%. Like single family homes, inventory remained tight all year, approaching 15% lower than many other years, thus resulting in properties selling quicker than past years. The DOM for condos in 2016 was 39 days, while the year-end absorption rate for condos was 4 months.
The Old Orchard Beach is all about the ocean and the beach and many condos include a view of this great feature. In 2016 there were 35 condo sales with ocean views vs 26 in 2015. Pricing for these properties increased from $305,000 to $340,000.