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My husband and I were on our way back to Portland Maine after enjoying Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in Boston with family.

We had made reservations at The iconic White Barn Inn for 3:00 for Christmas dinner.

There are so many excellent dining spots in Portland that we had never been to the "White Barn Inn"

This seemed a great opportunity.

We were warmly greeted at the front steps by staff members. Which felt very gracious and welcoming.

we were led into the dining room and seated at a table for two.

The ambiance was old world and formal but warm, relaxing and intimate.

We each started off with a Hendrix dry martini. and delicate Maine lobster spring rolls in a Thai inspired spicy sweet sauce.

I chose the classic Beef Wellington with Madeira sauce and vegetable medley, one  of their classic signature dishes. My husband chose the "Steamed Maine Lobster nestled on a bed of homemade fettuccine with carrot, snow peas, and cognac coral butter sauce. This was also a signature dish.

we had paired wine servings as well.

The lobster is taken out of its shell and placed elegantly on top of the fettuccine!

Our server had carefully taken care of ordering our dessert souffles at the beginning of the meal,

so they were ready when we were.

After that I couldn't stop myself from sampling the Christmas pudding.

It was  prix fixe after all!

It was just a short drive home to Yarmouth, Maine. where we could hear the waves lapping outside.

It had been one of the warmest Christmas days on record in Portland Maine, a high of 55 degrees.

No wonder so many folks from "away" are finding it irresistible to snap up the real estate in Maine! Whether it be waterfront property or that "Uniquely Portland City condo or loft"

More next time on the burgeoning loft and condo scene on Portland's Peninsula especially on the "'Eastern Promenade".

 

 

 

 

 

 

~~This exquisite contemporary home welcomes you with its ultra clean, architecturally sophisticated lines,
 And warm natural light in every room.
 The finest natural materials have been used from gorgeous hardwoods to precision matched granite

 There is seamless integration between "outside" and "inside" with
 Large glass windows  overlooking Japanese style gardens and the fifth hole of Woodlands Country club.
 The kitchen is open and centered between the formal dining room with wood burning fireplace and the intimate living room. The floor plan could be flexible according to the needs of its owners,
 The cabinetry is custom in rich cherry and maple,
 Exquisitely partnered with contemporary stone countertops and high tech appliances.
 The adjacent  first floor master suite,  is beautifully private, with floor to ceiling glass, (outfitted with sleek Hunter Douglas sheer blinds) overlooking  gardens and golf course
 The professionally designed his/her master closets help keep one organized and able to enjoy the serene surroundings.
 The master bath with high tech controls and heated bidet, and cabinetry by Wright Ryan, invites further relaxation.
 This clutter free environment invites a spirit of peacefulness throughout.

 There is an upper floor guest suite with upscale finishes perfect for an office/ bedroom or private guest suite.
 The lower level is a surprise with great light and sophisticated finishes
 It boasts a family room area with its own glass door entrance and 2 large bedrooms and bath.
 The home is heated by oil currently but has propane access because of the on demand seamless generator.
 There has been impeccable attention to maintenance and all mechanicals are excellent.
 The lot is in a "coveted" location in the Woodlands and allows for much privacy from the street because of the orientation of the home to the rear overlooking the golf course. The gardens have a professionally installed irrigation system.

 

Important Things To Consider In Your Search For A Retirement Condo

by Deborah Barouch

Vehicle / Storage and Garage Space...
In my initial meeting with clients I ask how important use of a vehicle is to them?  Do they  need the comfort of having a garage attached to their condo/loft or at least nearby?  If they say it is very important, I suggest that they check out condos with in 10 - 15 minutes  away from the downtown peninsula area, or choose a high rise that has underground parking or at least adjacent parking to the building.  A number of city lofts have no parking except on street parking.

Stairs / Elevator Access...

Many retirees are retiring early in their 50's,  some are in their 60's and 70's.  All of them wish to remain healthy , so walking to nearby stores and restaurants fulfills a need, incorporating fitness in their lifestyle. But the question remains, how many stairs can you handle? Or do you need single level living with elevator access.

Portland Maine has some of the oldest housing stock in the nation.  Many of the older more charming renovated buildings have multiple stairs in many cases. This can be very challenging in making the correct condo/loft choice.

As always:

Check out my YouTube video on the Chestnut Street Lofts!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSwnqW0kCn4

Or visit one of my custom pages:

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Chandlers-Wharf-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Chestnut-Street-Lofts

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Hobstone-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Promenade-East-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/The-Carroll-Mansion-Condos

To search for homes in Maine, visit www.SearchMaineHomes.net

Take care and stay warm!

Retiring To A City Loft Or Condo In Portland, Maine?

by Deborah Barouch

This year I have had the pleasure of helping a number of folks choose condos/lofts as their real estate choice in Portland.  They typically are choosing it as a pied-a-terre, because they have another home elsewhere.

Most, not all, are choosing the city condo or loft as their winter home of choice.

They seek out the city because of its high walkability score (walkscore.com) that allows for enjoyment of the arts, symphony and trendy restaurants close by.  Portland, Maine has a vibrant year round community and these retirees want that sustainable lifestyle that they can count on.  Another factor is the high quality of the medical system here in Portland Maine.

Check out my YouTube video on the Chestnut Street Lofts!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSwnqW0kCn4

Or visit one of my custom pages:

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Chandlers-Wharf-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Chestnut-Street-Lofts

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Hobstone-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Promenade-East-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/The-Carroll-Mansion-Condos

To search for homes in Maine, visit www.SearchMaineHomes.net

In my next blog I will highlight the questions that retirees need to ask themselves to make a successful purchase.

Portland's Flourishing Retirement Scene

by Deborah Barouch


This year I have been privileged to work with a number of buyers who are attempting to carve out a retirement to best suite their lifestyles.  In most cases, this involves choosing to purchase real estate, a loft or condo, in our vibrant city of Portland, Maine. The what and where are important.

The Bay House, Chandlers Wharf, Chesnut Street Lofts and now more choices coming up on Munjoy Hill, Munjoy Heights, and the Marquis Lofts are becoming popular retirement choices.  Frequently this is a second home lifestyle purchase and in many cases, it is their winter home of choice!
Some of the features buyers are seeking include areas with a high "walkability" score, allowing ease to enjoy the culture of the city of Portland and all its amenities.  Ample parking, maintenance free living and easy home access.


Please click on my community pages to see some of the city condos and lofts.  Or email/call me for my list of hottest retirement Portland, Maine, city condos and lofts.

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Chandlers-Wharf-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Chestnut-Street-Lofts

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Hobstone-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/Promenade-East-Condos

http://www.realestateinportlandmaine.com/The-Carroll-Mansion-Condos

To search for homes in Maine, visit www.SearchMaineHomes.net

 

Waterfront Home in Yarmouth, Maine!

by Deborah Barouch

Just Listed & Open House!

106 Tidewater Lane, Yarmouth, Maine
Sunday, May 5th 
1pm to 3pm

Click Here to Get More Information on This Property!

Idyllic waterfront home,nestled in a cove on 3 acres.  275' frontage,stunning expansive views from most rooms. Top floor master suite and first floor guest suite.Recently renovated. Enjoy the deck or launch a kayak from your dock.Only 30 minutes to Portland.​

Price Reduced & Open House- Sunday, April 28, 1pm to 3pm

by Deborah Barouch
Price Reduced & Open House
Sunday, April 28
 1pm to 3pm
​43 Frances Street, Portland
$ 259,900

  

Warm and inviting 3 bedroom hip roof colonial w/ new kitchen & fabulous "great room" addition. Cherry, granite, hardwood, stainless, replacement windows & newer furnace. Garage & nicely landscaped yard. Esteemed neighborhood w/ higher walkability score.

Click HERE to get more information on this property!

Just Listed- Last Lot Avaible in Falmouth Ridges!

by Deborah Barouch

Last lot to be built in esteemed Falmouth Ridges neighborhood. .93 acres, nicely positioned near the end of a dead end cul-de-sac. Public water and sewer, centrally located near schools & town. Land can be purchased alone or there is also a build package available.

Click HERE to see the Land Listing

13 Falmouth Ridges

To be built home on lot:

Picturesque shingle style home with farmers porch TBB on last remaining lot in esteemed Falmouth Ridges neighborhood. 4 bedrooms, 3.5BA,custom moldings,cedar shakes. 3583sq ft., 2 car/ quality builder. 

Click HERE to see the Land with Build Package Listing

PRICE REDUCED! 88 Peabody Road Harpswell, Maine

by Deborah Barouch

329,000  NOW 299,000!

MORE INFO ON 88 Peabody Road Harpswell HERE!

Second home buyers take notice. Rare city loft with expansive water views to be listed this afternoon in the east Coast's most trendy city, Portland, ME.

Foodies take notice it is only a Short stroll to trendy restaurants such as "555" and "Back Bay Grill"

Music lovers enjoy  an evening at the Portland Symphony and walk home in minutes.

Environmentalists enjoy easy living with "green" features such as natural gas and a high "walkability score".

 

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Deb Barouch 
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