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House For Sale: Affordable Oceanfront in Maine

On the way back to Lubec late that afternoon, we made a stop on Leighton Point Road in the town of Pembroke and fell in love with a nine-room farmhouse (#7), with a barn and other outbuildings, overlooking the Pennamaquan River (which flows into Cobscook Bay), and with 375 feet of water frontage. With three bedrooms and one bath, it has a new kitchen, new skylights, a new second-floor dormer, and, well, a new pretty much everything. Priced at $225,000, this property on, say, Cape Cod would sell for millions.

We stayed that night at The Home Port Restaurant & Inn, located on the hill overlooking Lubec’s waterfront and operated by two charming Southerners, Dave and Suzannah Gale, who serve truly gourmet meals. (They’ll be open again for the season this coming May; call 207-733-2077 or visit For places to stay this winter, go to:

Early the next morning we continued our tour, with two more properties in Lubec. The first, a two-bedroom, five-room cottage (#8) on North Lubec Road, was the least expensive of all the places we saw. Although we didn’t go inside (we had the wrong key), it looked nice enough. No water frontage, however, and the view of Johnson Bay (from a glassed-in porch), visible through thick leaves on either side of the house across the street, would be much better during the fall and winter. But, hey, it’s yours for only $125,000.

It required a long drive on a winding, woodsy, dirt byway, Coffins Neck Road, west of town, to reach our final property, a three-season, four-room (kitchen, bath, living room, two bedrooms) cottage (#9) with 205 feet of water frontage and a grand view of what’s known as Nutter Cove. You’d certainly find peace and quiet out here –great kayaking, too. Price: $209,000.

Denise offered to show us a few more properties: a gingerbread Victorian on the St. Croix River in Calais, for instance, priced at $159,900, and a 48-acre peninsula north of Eastport, in Perry–with not only a house but 2,000 feet of water frontage as well–all for $399,000. However, it was time we began the long drive back to New Hampshire.

“Bet you’ll never unload that old Grange Hall,” we teased as we said our goodbyes that afternoon.

“That’s what Al says, too,” Denise laughed. “But I’m waiting for someone like me to come along who’ll want to have an art gallery–or, better yet, a dance studio–in there.”

We pondered that for a moment: a dance studio. Well, you know, what with difficult times for fishing families these days, especially those living way Down East, maybe some organized dancing would be just the ticket!

For details, contact Denise Plouffe at 877-700-5511 or visit:

Updated Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
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