Great News! We're pleased to introduce our new upcoming phase within the Riverbend Woods community. Millbrooke Farm will consist of 35 buildings with 2 luxury townhouse style homes per building. We'll still be offering the same designs and floor plans, the Danbury, Somerset, Somerset Grand, Brighton and Windsor with 1 or 2 garages. Our plans are to start construction on the main road at the beginning of this coming June and start construction of our first building on October 1st. We're excited about our new duplex designs and it appears that potential homeowners are, as well. We've already started accepting Non-Binding Reservations for fall 2016 construction. If you have questions or have interest in reserving your future home location now, please feel free to call Steve Brunette / Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate at 207-850-8990 anytime.
Holmes Tree Farm - Kennebunk, Maine
There is nothing like the experience of being able to choose and cut your own Christmas tree and there's no better place to do it than at Holmes Tree Farm in Kennebunk, Maine. Plan on making a day of it. Kids love running up and down the rows of Maine's finest home grown trees searching for just the right one. The Holmes will even loan you a saw and will net it for free. After choosing the perfect tree, make sure you visit their country gift shop, filled with many Maine-Made products and gifts. There's also have a hot dog, soda, and coffee wagon on site on weekends or you can bring your own picnic for lunch on the farm. Santa is in his Shack on weekends, where the children can share their Christmas list with the jolly old guy, so don't forget your camera. If you're looking to start a new family holiday tradition, Holmes Tree Farm is the place to go.
Trend-spotting builder circles back to condos
Retiring baby boomers and the demand for condos on southern Maine's coast are behind Stephen Kasprzak's change of heart.
One of southern Maine's largest home builders, Stephen Kasprzak put us his first condominium project in 1980. Interest rates hit 17 percent that year and Kasprzak had to slash prices just to get rid of the Portland units. "I said that we'd never build condominiums again," he recalled recently. Never say never. A mile from town here, Kasprzak is finishing Plymouth Grove, the final phase of a 274-unit condominium neighborhood called Coventry Woods. The project was supposed to take up to 12 years to complete. It will be built out in half that time. The demand for condominiums on Maine's southern coast helps explain Kasprzak's change of heart. Now Stephen Kasprzak, the contractor who once shunned condos, has stopped building single family homes. He says he's the only contractor in Maine dedicated solely to condominiums. He recently changed the name of his 32 year old company from Kasprzak Builders to Kasprzak Condominiums, Inc. Kasprzak's decision shows how a long established company can refine its business plan to take advantage of the market. It also provides a glimpse into the changing demographics of southern Maine. Kasprzak has built more than 2,000 homes in 80 subdivisions in his career. His evolution as a builder tracks trends in suburban development in Maine over the past three decades.
In 1997, Kasprzak wound up with a parcel of land in Kennebunk that wasn't suitable for single family housing. That lead Kasprzak and a former employee to research demographic trends. They were especially interested in the baby boomers who had raised families and were looking for smaller homes, but with the amenities of the larger houses they were leaving. Anticipating the demand, the company used the Kennebunk land to develop Waterford Green, a townhouse neighborhood off Route 1. Prices started at $115,000.
This year Kasprzak will complete roughly 80 condominium units. The driving force behind the demand for condos in southern Maine has been out of state retirees, Georgitis said, typically in their 60's. And in the past year, roughly half the buyers have been from Maine, selling larger homes to retire in coastal York County. Now the average age appears to be dropping for both local and out of state buyers. Several new residents are in their 50's. Many are still working. Some continue to have jobs out of state and visit their Maine homes on the weekends.
Kasprzak thinks he can finish out his career focused on condominiums. Despite his experience in 1980, he said he's not worried about hanging his entire business on one form of development. The number of baby boomers set to retire over the next 10 years, and the growing popularity of southern Maine with out of state residents, give him confidence in condominiums. "the demographics say it's a good bet," he said.
Over the past 25 years, sprawl has been fueled by the migration of two-income Maine families out of urban centers in search of larger house lots and more affordable housing in the countryside. But the next housing boom will be from retiring baby boomers. It is a trend already happening in York County say real estate agents and developers.
When James and Carol MacMath decided to retire and move away from Fairfield County, Connecticut, they looked north. For years they had been vacationing in southern Maine but a weekend stay in Kennebunk - an anniversary present from their daughter - clinched their decision.
"It became our favorite spot," said MacMath who retired last year from teaching English and Latin at a high school in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The MacMaths, whose property tax bill on their Connecticut condominium was about $7,000 a year, first looked along the Connecticut coast and on Cape Cod, but found it too crowded. Then they focused on the southern Maine coast.
"Of all these places, this is the area we liked best. the lifestyle is slower, there is a more friendly, small-town atmosphere." said MacMath.
Steven Brunette, a realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - The Masiello Group said the MacMaths are typical of those buying into the hot condominium market in southern Maine.
"A middle-aged couple, who owned a large home some place other than Maine," said Brunette. "They visited or vacationed in Maine for years and made a decision, now is the time to sell the big house and move to southern Maine and live the good life."