Guess what? The Governor of Maine will soon be my neighbor! Paul LePage and I don’t see eye to eye on politics. He’s a Tea Party Republican. I’m a Liberal Democrat. But, when I met with him last summer to ask for his help to save our local hospital, he told me that he and his wife were shopping for a second home on the Boothbay peninsula. Their year-round home is inland, in Lewiston (when he’s not in the Governor’s residence in Augusta). I told him we’d be pleased to welcome him as a neighbor. I recommended that he take advantage of our crashed real estate prices and glut of properties on the market due to the then-imminent closure of our local community hospital. Then I added, “after you take advantage of our low real estate prices, you could help us save our local hospital, you’d have 24/7 local emergency care for yourselves and your guests, and your property value would rise!”
Many people buy second homes and vacation homes on the scenic Boothbay peninsula and then find themselves deciding to live here year round. That’s what happened to me. It’s a wonderful place to vacation and an even nicer place to live once all the seasonal residents have gone back south.