Perspective and contrast

Perspective and contrast

brainfix
Joined: 04 Jun 2006, 00:10

31 Oct 2017, 00:17 #1

I haven't been around here much lately, too much going on in the daily march. Long story short - moved into new house with girlfriend, her daughter in 1st year of college and crazy dog. Inherited two somewhat deranged cats when I bought the house. Anyway, this post is about how different the real estate markets are between here in Bangor and there in Glosta. Yes, wages and bennies are generally lower here, depending on one's education and skill set. But the perks of living here far outweigh a lower income. Life is way calmer and quieter here, despite our whacky governor...another thread entirely.

Today I ran across https://www.trulia.com/property/3239108 ... le_bk_emv2 a 3-bedroom, two bath house in a great neighborhood. With a garage and a decent sized lot. $159.9k. Prices have gone up since I moved here almost two years ago, but are still silly cheap - by Massachusetts standards. Small town prices are way lower in Maine. The same house in a little town or former timber/mill town is about half the above figure.

If you want to leave Mass. for greener, quieter pastures, Bangor beckons. Bring your vision and skill set here. Or somewhere else in this fabulous state, our governor notwithstanding...
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Karly
Joined: 20 Feb 2010, 02:12

31 Oct 2017, 00:22 #2

Same thing in White Mountains of NH.  We've always planned to reverse our time (now mostly here, NH when we can) between the two states when we retire...which is soon!  So hoping to be in a swing state working away on the next Presidential election in 2020 and with a very nice view!  And so excited about what we can do there.
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Fortune Cookie
Joined: 13 Nov 2010, 17:37

31 Oct 2017, 00:26 #3

Too many Massholes already in Maine, even the Bangor area. The driving there is beginning to resemble Mass. 

You have to get further north or east to escape them. 
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brainfix
Joined: 04 Jun 2006, 00:10

31 Oct 2017, 00:37 #4

Fortune Cookie, as you probably know, most drivers around here are renowned for their slowness and reluctance to use turn signals. It's a Mainiac thing, rugged individualism and all that rot.
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Fortune Cookie
Joined: 13 Nov 2010, 17:37

31 Oct 2017, 00:44 #5

Yes, I'm fine with that, annoying as it can be.

It's the Masshole aggression, tailgating, blocking traffic coming from the left, stealing right-of-way, and general assholery that is relatively new. 

Please don't try to attract even more! 
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Cathy (Admin)
Joined: 13 Aug 2005, 09:30

31 Oct 2017, 01:13 #6

Life sounds good, nice to hear that all is well!
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brainfix
Joined: 04 Jun 2006, 00:10

31 Oct 2017, 01:37 #7

Cathy (Admin) wrote: Life sounds good, nice to hear that all is well!
Life is ridiculously good, albeit chaotic and always full of surprises. The big storm that blew through here last night and today paralyzed much of the state and knocked my neighbor's stockade fence onto my car. The car I just got detailed.
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

31 Oct 2017, 14:39 #8

It is always feels good to cross the Massachusetts border heading North.

I have no Maine connection, but my place in NH is just a short jog
from from the border....at Mee Corners. Way before I got something in 
NH, I looked at two houses in Bangor. State Street. Seemed like they
were mansions, but fixer uppers, for around 65 to 70 thousand dollars.
Beautiful old neighborhoods. 1985-ish. But I was too scared to do it.
Not gifted in carpentry.

No regrets on NH. I've been there enough years to no longer be in the
'masshole' category among my neighbors. It is a very real, semi-serious
classification. Richly deserved, I think.
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brainfix
Joined: 04 Jun 2006, 00:10

01 Nov 2017, 00:09 #9

There are still some fixer-upper old mansions on State Street. One that was recently rehabbed was on the market for $995k. You coulda been a contender!

I'm glad you found your little slice of away in nearby Mee Corners. And yes, Massholishness is occasionally evident here. But when I tell locals I'm from Glosta, their demeanor softens somewhat...
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

01 Nov 2017, 12:11 #10

Yes, you get a few points up there by saying you are from Gloucester for sure.
I say I'm from the midwest sometimes, which is true. I just avoid the word Massachusetts.
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

01 Nov 2017, 14:48 #11

brainfix, I wonder what's up with this one! About to fall over?
You better get over there and check it out.

Listed at $42,000. Court Street.

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  • 4beds
  • 4baths
  • 2,632sq ft
  • 6,098sq ft lot
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Damon
Joined: 25 Jun 2007, 22:00

01 Nov 2017, 17:19 #12

Despite the steps, it does not look bad. Not a very big lot though. Whose driveway is it? 4 baths? How many kitchens ? :)
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Fortune Cookie
Joined: 13 Nov 2010, 17:37

01 Nov 2017, 17:51 #13

That house is just across the street and a half a block up from the Penobscot County Sheriff's office, which includes the county prison. It's wedged between two apartment buildings, and is itself a multiunit, if I recall correctly. 

Location, location, location
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

01 Nov 2017, 18:22 #14

Before I knew better, I looked at a few lake-side places up north that had incredibly low prices.
They were either leased-land deals, or properties with no legal guaranteed access..... or busted
places with 55-gallon drum septic systems.

I think there are interior pictures for this Court Street property on the real estate site.
$42 still seems odd, unless I am missing something obvious on the listing.
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

01 Nov 2017, 18:30 #15

Kitchen needs some TLC.
But it's way better than mine up there.

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Damon
Joined: 25 Jun 2007, 22:00

01 Nov 2017, 19:59 #16

That non-ceiling seems not to be in the only kitchen if you scroll photos.
Here is a photo link. You can see five electric meters on the side of the house.
https://www.trulia.com/property/3244106 ... r-ME-04401
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Fortune Cookie
Joined: 13 Nov 2010, 17:37

01 Nov 2017, 20:56 #17

Listing says single-family; public records say multifamily. Hmmm..

I just looked at street view on Google Maps. It looks like the jail is no longer there. The cop station looks boarded up too. 

I parked there not too long ago and it still had a jail-like vibe to it. 

brainfix, have you ever gone to Fiddleheads? It's a great place for special occasions. Expensive but excellent. Next to the Brahma Grill on Hammond, at the bottom of Court St half a block from that house. 
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brainfix
Joined: 04 Jun 2006, 00:10

02 Nov 2017, 00:50 #18

Y'all are cracking me up!😆
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brainfix
Joined: 04 Jun 2006, 00:10

02 Nov 2017, 00:52 #19

Yep, I know of Fiddleheads and intend to partake some time or other, FC.
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brainfix
Joined: 04 Jun 2006, 00:10

02 Nov 2017, 01:42 #20

That Court Street address is way sketchy despite it's relatively close proximity to the county lockup.
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