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."