Wendy Wunder said, ‘The magic thing about home is while it feels good to leave, it feels even better to come back.’ This feels especially true for all of us living in the coastal-area towns of southern Maine. Striking just the right balance of rural and almost-urban, the communities are each a perfect mix of quaint and modern. More than a dozen sandy beaches stretch out across the 5 southern most towns in Maine and in addition to coastal views, you’ll find historical districts, pristine state parks, extensive walking and biking trails, and downtown squares full of locally-owned shops and restaurants.
South Berwick, Maine
Right over the border to tax-free New Hampshire, South Berwick is one of the fastest growing communities in southern Maine. Local markets, summer festivals, antique shops, walking trails, farm-to-table restaurants, and convenient access to Maine's beaches are just a few of the reasons these towns are experiencing such significant growth - especially with new construction homes.
North Berwick, Maine
15 minutes to beaches and the city centers of York and Kittery, the small town of North Berwick is home to about 5,000 residents. It's the perfect place for privacy and quiet while still within close proximity to amenities and commuter routes.
York is Maine’s second-oldest town. The 4 well-known beaches here make it a popular tourist destination in the summer when the population swells from about 10,000 to 52,000. Families enjoy the walkable area known Short Sands where there’s swimming, sunbathing, an arcade, shopping, eating and entertainment at York’s Wild Kingdom and Amusement Park.
York is also home to one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, with an estimated half million annual visitors.
For those who love hiking, biking and sunset picnics, Mount Agamenticus is a sure hit. It’s accessible by car or foot and an a clear day, you can see Boston’s skyscrapers to the south!
Less than a 20 minute drive from the New Hampshire state line, Wells is the third-oldest town in Maine. Here, you’ll find more than 7 miles of beaches, iconic landmarks and restaurants.
Known for their excellent school systems, Wells has a robust year-round population of around 10,000 residents.
Well-loved for it’s location (right off I-95 for easy commuter access), it’s just over an hour to Boston and 30 minutes to Portland, and you’re close to major airports and other urban amenities.
Known as the gateway to Maine, this southern coastal town is a tourist destination known for its beaches, parks, delicious eateries and outlet shopping. Home to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, it is conveniently located right over the New Hampshire border (just a 15 minute walk!)
On weekends in the summer, you’ll be able to grab fresh groceries at the local farmer’s market, bring the family out to the annual summer block party or take a walk over the bridge in to Portsmouth for more shopping, eating, and live entertainment (there are outdoor concerts every week at Prescott Park).