Friday, October 6, 2023

Real Estate: Top Communities and Real Estate in Maine’s Lakes Region

By Lisa DiBiase

Maine’s Lakes Region is known for its serene beauty, lovely communities, and exceptional real estate options. This picturesque area attracts homeowners looking to enjoy peaceful living near the tranquil waters, lush forests, and ample outdoor recreational opportunities found within the region.

With charming towns and diverse housing options, there is a perfect lakeside community for everyone. In this article, we explore some of the top communities in Maine’s Lakes Region and the real estate options available in each.
About Sebago Lake

On the southern tip of Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region near the bustling city of Portland, you’ll find marvelous Sebago Lake. Translated from Native American language, Sebago means “great stretch of water” – and it is certainly that, as the second largest lake in Maine. The vast, 45-square-miles of broad, clear and deep water offers plentiful recreation opportunities from fishing its depths to summertime dips and paddles. Its northeast corner is home to Sebago Lake State Park, a relaxing haven of lakeside camping, picnic areas and boat launches. The serene lake is intricately linked to Brandy Pond via the meandering Songo River, and this connection ultimately leads to the pristine waters of Long Lake in Naples. This remarkable chain of water bodies opens up an array of extraordinary lakefront real estate prospects.
Windham: A Vibrant Lakeside Community

Windham is a bustling community that perfectly balances small-town charm with the convenience of contemporary living. Known for its excellent school system and thriving local businesses, this town is ideal for families and individuals alike. Nestled among Sebago Lake, Little Sebago Lake, and Pleasant Lake, Windham offers a wealth of waterfront real estate options ranging from cozy cottages to luxurious estates. In June, join the town for their Summerfest Celebration – browse booths featuring food vendors, crafters and community organizations, participate in a scavenger hunt or enjoy live music.
Naples: The Heart of the Lakes Region

Nestled at the crossroads of Long Lake and Sebago Lake, Naples exudes a quaint, hospitable charm that attracts both year-round residents and seasonal vacationers. Home to several pristine beaches, miles of nature trails, and vibrant community events, Naples is perfect for those seeking a home with a strong community connection. Naples’s real estate market includes charming single-family residences, waterfront cottages, and contemporary homes with stunning lake views.
Raymond: Scenic Beauty and a Rich History

The picturesque town of Raymond is known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and numerous sparkling lakes, including Crescent Lake, Panther Pond, and Sebago Lake. Raymond’s charm and natural beauty make it an ideal destination for those seeking a tranquil, scenic place to call home. Raymond’s diverse real estate options range from historic farmhouses on spacious parcels to contemporary homes boasting waterfront access and modern amenities.

If it’s more trails that you’re after, Raymond is also home to a lovely forest trail system that is friendly to both hikers and mountain bikers. Raymond Community Forest features 365 acres of land, four trails of varying skill levels and spectacular views of Crescent Lake from Pismire Bluff.
Bridgton: A Four-Season Destination

Bridgton is a popular, four-season destination located on the shores of Long Lake and Highland Lake, offering exceptional year-round recreational opportunities. Known for its vibrant downtown area filled with local shops, galleries, and eateries, Bridgton presents a thriving artistic and cultural scene. Various real estate options can be found in Bridgton, including charming Victorian homes, modern waterfront residences, and affordable single-family houses.
Casco: Lakeside Living at Its Finest

Embracing the shores of Sebago Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Thompson Lake, Casco is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and waterfront living aficionados. With numerous nature preserves, recreational facilities, and annual events, Casco offers an engaging small-town lifestyle with a strong sense of community. In July, Casco Days kicks things off with several days of family fun involving parades, rides, food booths, games and more. In September, the town cools down with the Sebago Spirits Festival, a lakeside spirits-tasting event with casual classes showcasing recipes and cocktail-making tips. Real estate options in Casco include traditional Maine farmhouses, contemporary lakeside homes, and spacious family residences with panoramic lake views.
Gray: Home to Maine Wildlife Park

The town includes frontage on Little Sebago Lake, Crystal Lake, and Forest Lake. Gray is home to regional headquarters for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, which maintains a fish hatchery and wildlife park. It is also home to the Gray/Portland Weather Forecast Office of the NOAA's National Weather Service, which issues forecasts and weather warnings for New Hampshire and western Maine. Far from the blandness its name may suggest, Gray offers a host of opportunities the whole family will enjoy. Head to the Maine Wildlife Park to learn about and appreciate all the different species of the state’s wildlife. You are guaranteed to see a moose, as well as other small and large species.
Find Your Dream Home

Maine’s Lakes Region offers an incredible variety of communities and real estate options for those seeking the idyllic lakeside lifestyle. From the bustling town of Windham to the picturesque village of Casco, each community boasts its own unique charm, providing a diverse array of choices for eager homebuyers. If you’re ready to begin searching for the perfect lakeside home, trust your local Realtor® to make your dream a reality.

As I have said since the beginning, please call a local REALTOR for all your real estate needs no matter how big or small. We are trained professionals here to make your life easier. It’s best to surround yourself with the right team of professionals that can continuously give you the right advice for all your circumstances. <

Lisa DiBiase is a Broker/Owner of Landing Real Estate, a locally owned and operated Maine real estate agency with offices in Windham and South Portland. She and her agent have the knowledge and experience to guide you through every step of the home buying or selling process in these one-of-a-kind communities. Whether you’re looking for a quaint cottage or a luxury waterfront. For all your real estate needs contact Lisa at 207-653-0823 or email

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