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No, You Can't Do That (Existing ME Waterfront Real Estate Properties)

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With Maine waterfront real estate properties existing structures and improvements to the lot add value. Big time.

Because no matter how much money, how great your lineage and blue blood pedigree, there is a little matter of Maine shore land zoning regulations.

Do's and don't for new construction around the Maine shore front land,lots.

Existing, grandfathered property listings on the Maine waterfront have features you can not duplicate for all the money in the world.

Because of new rules, a set of guidelines to follow by the book when starting from scratch on an empty wooded lot with water frontage in Maine.

What about adding a new Maine lake dock, wharf? And while we are at it, what's the skinny on weed and feed, arsenic decks on those Maine lake wharfs, dock surfaces too?

Existing structures, camps or cottages, Maine lake homes already add to the unique value. And wide open cleared lots are not possible to do with empty ones these days. Thirty percent clearing max and rules about what you cut, how too. And concern over the neighboring well is so close and the septic system interfering for where you poke the hole for your water draw in the ground. Everything measured, fit in just so. Or not.

An existing boat house right on the Maine lake's water shore line is a good thing.

Even if not in such hot condition, shape. Because you have something to work with, improve and fix up. If it was not grandfathered in, you could not place one within 100' of the lake in Maine. So it is a bonus when not the norm for existing or impossible for new construction on an empty Maine lake lot.

Just the rules, regulations, ins and out of legislation called Maine shore land zoning enacted back in the early 1970's.

And beefed up along maine lake walk way, steps photothe way by the state.

In some towns, added to even more with above and beyond restrictions, policies on development that can be a dirty word to folks wanting pristine, unspoiled and the way it was many moons ago.

More blog posts on Maine shore land, water front zoning.

Back when a camp meant no power, an outhouse, a one room with maybe a loft, a screened in front porch and that was enough.

Your living room was outdoors, you did not hang out inside.

No satellite television or granite counter tops or sliding glass doors, flower gardens or three door garages for the "water toys".

Just an old aluminum boat that was your grandfathers and a 9.9 horse power motor pushing it on the back.

One no one would steal and that you just flip over and don't have to store to protect.

What is your definition of camping on say a Maine lake?

We always ask because that image is different behind the eyes, betweens the ears in a person's head when they say "what do you have for Maine lake front, water front property listings?" Places, properties on the water in Maine. We have them in all price ranges, locations, types. Reach out and connect with us and tap into the media stream to kick some tires. Test drive a few Maine water front real estate videos.

Maine, big state, lots of natural unspoiled water to play in, enjoy and not too many people to mess up your experience.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker | 207.532.6573

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Comment balloon 4 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • July 12 2013 10:06AM


Andrew we have similar laws protecting the waterfront in our area. Buyers need to be aware of any and all restrictions so they won't get any nasty surprises when they want to "improve" the property.

Posted by Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate, Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties (RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales) about 7 years ago

H and L ... True. When a buyer sees an existing lake camp in Maine parked right on the edge of the water they think, I want that placement on my empty lot with the dream place in my head that is going to be built. Not that close to water. This place with the features and close proximity to the Maine lake, is available on Brackett Lake, a log home.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 7 years ago

Times are changing and so are the rules we have to live by!  Waterfront property owners will do well to maintain any features they have and that are grandfathered in!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 7 years ago

Silvia ... So true. Cherish existing features and preserve because they are special, unique, not possible to duplicate on other undeveloped properties, empty Maine waterfront lots.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 7 years ago

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