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Recent Homes Sales for April 2021

 11-13 Dismukes Street in Kittery, Maine

 Sold for $395,000

 

 

 

 

 

 75 Calla Lilly Lane in Wells, Maine

 Sold for $355,000

 

 

 

 

 

 1823 Post Road in Wells, Maine

 Sold for $950,000

 

 

 

 

 

 3 Edward Circle in York, Maine

 Sold for $635,000

 

 

 

 

 

 10 Four Rod Road in Rochester, New Hampshire

 Sold for $367,000

 

 

 

 

 

 2-4 Mead Street in Kittery, Maine

 Sold for $389,000

 

 

 

 

 

 45 Long Beach Avenue #5 in York, Maine

 Sold for $650,000

 

 

 

 

 

 75 Woodbridge Road in York, Maine

  Sold for $359,000

 

 

 

 

 

 9 & 11 Anbelwold Circuit in York, Maine

 Sold for $3,875,000

 

 

 

 

 

 22 Main Street Unit A in York, Maine 

 Sold for $380,000

 

 

 

 

 

 22 Main Street Unit B in York, Maine 

 Sold for $480,000

 

 

 

 

 

 133 River Road in York, Maine

 Sold for $2,100,000

 

 

 

 

 

 11 Dory Drive in York, Maine

 Sold for $175,000 

 

 

 

 

 20 Old Dennett Road in Kittery, Maine

 Sold for $279,900

 

 

 

 

 

 25 Hornes Mill Road in Berwick, Maine

 Sold for $439,000

 

 

 

 

 

 4 Beaulieu Lane in York, Maine 

 Sold for $550,000

 

 

 

 

 

 TBD Sam Allen Road in Sanford, Maine

 Sold for $200,000

 

 

 

 

 5 Nubble Point in York, Maine

 Sold for $700,000

 

 

 

 

 205 Long Beach Ave in York, Maine

 Sold for $1,630,000

 

 

 

 

 

  6 Johnny's Way in York, Maine

 Sold for $649,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not pictured:

TBD Lord Rd (lot 5) in Lebanon, Maine - Sold for $55,000

7 Samuel Raynes Path in York, Maine - Sold for $289,000

Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home. 

Recent Homes Sales for March 2021

 548 Pool Street in Biddeford, Maine

 Sold for $475,000

 

 

 

 

 

 3 Cole Lane in South Berwick, Maine

 Sold for $104,000

 

 

 

 

 

 90 Little River Road in Berwick, Maine

 Sold for $780,000

 

 

 

 

 25 Ocean Ave Extension in York, Maine

 Sold for $1,115,000

 

 

 

 

 

 213 Long Sands Road in York, Maine

 Sold for $345,000

 

 

 

 

 

 126 Wentworth Road in Berwick, Maine

 Sold for $95,000

 

 

 

 

 

Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home. 

Looking For A Beautiful Maine Condo to Call Home?

 

Our Bristol Pointe luxury condos are located near one of the prettiest harbors in Maine.

 

And historic York Village, incorporated in 1642, gracefully yields to the Harbor right at the doorstep of Bristol Pointe condominiums.

 

Step outside your door, turn right towards the Village, and be surrounded by some of America's oldest buildings and burial grounds, beautifully maintained by the Old York Historical Society.

 

Relax and enjoy an ice cream or lunch from one of the boutique shops and restaurants that are your neighbors on York Street. You'll feel like a local in no time!

 

Or turn left, and head towards to York Harbor.

 

Stroll the Fisherman's Walk along the pristine York River and watch the lobstermen head in or out to the Atlantic. In season, fresh lobster can be purchased right off the dock just upriver at Sewall's Bridge.

 

The town docks and boat launches are easily accessible from the condos at Bristol Pointe, making kayaking and other water sports just a stone's throw from your door, and there's always a range of waterfront casual or fine dining options after all that activity!

 

Any time, any season, this part of the world always has a stunning scene in store for you right around the next bend. 

 

In addition to the sheer natural beauty and a small town feel, the town of York also boasts three top-rated classic Maine beaches, one of the world's most photographed lighthouses -- Nubble Light -- great golf courses, a wide range of hiking and other outdoor activities, and some truly eclectic dining experiences. Only a 15 minute drive away is the charming city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a thriving center for the arts and a well-known magnet for local foodies. Boston and Portland Maine are both within an easy hour's drive as well.

 

Bristol Pointe Condominiums has an expected completion date of early 2022 - reserve yours now! 

See more details on these Maine condos for sale

 

 

There's Always Room For A Pig At This Animal Sanctuary

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With the decline in traditional farming, farm animals often find themselves in auctions, sold for whatever purpose the buyer wants.

Sometimes their needs are neglected due to the ignorance of owners of how to care for them properly. Or a family needs to re-home a beloved farm animal due to the illness or death of the owner, a far more difficult task than re-homing a cat or a dog.

While most animal rescues in Maine have their hands full with cats and dogs and the occasional smaller animal, few have the room for the larger outdoor animals in need.

That’s where the Farm Animal Rescue of Maine (F.A.R.M.) steps in.

Simply put, the F.A.R.M. ”exists to provide love and safety to farm animals”.

Goats, horses and ponies, turkeys and chickens, ducks, pigs, rabbits and donkeys have all found their way to this 6 acre farm animal sanctuary in southern Maine, where they depend on round-the-clock care by one couple, their teenage daughter and a few dedicated volunteers.

As the spring of 2021 begins the F.A.R.M. finds itself a little behind financially, but looking ahead with optimism. The pandemic of 2020 brought a halt to the week-long summer camps for children at the F.A.R.M., usually a strong source of monetary support. Due to this, animal intakes have been temporarily suspended while resources are spent on the animals already living at the F.A.R.M..

Happily, events that are opebaby-goatsn to the public are resuming for 2021, with the first one slated for June.  Subscribe to the WRP Newsletter for info on dates and times (see below)!

If you’d like to help the Farm Animal Rescue of Maine continue to fulfill its mission to provide love and safety to neglected, abused or homeless farm animals, they are always in need of financial support or skills like carpentry to do fence repair, or photography to help with a calendar, or social media skills to help with publicity -- the sky’s the limit!

 

For more information or to contact the Farm Animal Rescue of Maine, please visit http://www.farmanimalrescueofmaine.org/.

To subscribe to the WRP monthly newsletter, send an email to sarah@williamsrealtypartners with the subject line "Subscribe".

 

Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

 

 

Five Affordable Ways to Maximize Your Curb Appeal

Photo courtesy of Thomas Lynch

First impressions matter - especially in real estate.

Award-winning Maine landscape designer Thomas Lynch outlines five affordable ways to increase your home's curb appeal. This is especially important during the selling process, when you want your house to shine!

 

1. Trim Trees and Shrubs

Removing dead and diseased trees and limbs along with proper trimming and pruning of shrubs instantly improves curb appeal.

Your property will appear well maintained, which is a big plus for buyers considering purchasing your home.

 

 

2. Clean Garden Beds

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Well maintained garden beds also highlight the care you've given your home. Remove weeds and other unwanted plant materials from beds, cut a crisp new edge, and apply a fresh layer of natural mulch (not dyed).

If you have a hose connected to an outside spigot that simply is sprawled out in the garden bed, consider buying a hose reel or decorative hose hider for it. There are a wide variety of options, both simple and ornate.

 

 

3. Manicure the Lawn

Mow, trim and edge your lawn regularly, and especially before showings! Even if your lawn has a few weeds here and there, it will look much better to buyers when it's neatly mowed.

 

driveway-washing4. Freshen Walks and Driveways

Pressure washing your front walkways and putting a fresh coat of sealant on asphalt driveways, or a fresh topcoat of aggregate on your gravel driveway, is a cost effective way of refreshing your hardscaping.

 

 

5. Add Color

 

Planting flowering annuals offers a quick and inexpensive way to make your home look bright and inviting. Add color around the mailbox, lamp posts, as well as some planters on the front entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

 

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Kittery Maine Restaurants - Looking Forward to 2021!

 

 

Williams Realty Partners realtor Halley Smith doesn't just know the Kittery Maine real estate market, she also knows the restaurants in Kittery from an inside vantage point.

Halley's husband Jake is the executive chef and co-owner of one of the many outstanding dining choices in the area, The Black Birch, as well as Chapel & Main in nearby Dover, NH.

This dynamic husband-and-wife pair of foodies are both enthusiastic supporters of the Kittery dining scene and their fellow local restaurant owners.

Anticipating a happily busy spring and summer after the severe emotional and financial stress on restaurant owners from last year’s pandemic, we checked in with Halley and Jake for the inside scoop on some of their favorite restaurants in Kittery as they prepare for 2021.

Halley says to make a full day experiencing Kittery, try the abundance of Thrift/Consignment shops and funky little boutiques along Route 1A on the way into Kittery Foreside before or after lunch or dinner.

Another fun thing Halley does with the kids in the summer is go out to eat at "daddy restaurant” (The Black Birch)  and then walk or bike across the Memorial Bridge to Portsmouth New Hampshire's beautiful Prescott Park, where there are often concerts and theater programs. The kids (and grown ups too) get a kick out of this adventure - eat in one state, catch a concert in another one later on!

By no means is this a complete list. In fact, Halley says there are so many more Kittery Maine restaurants to review that we're calling this Part 1 - Kittery Foreside! Stay tuned for Part 2...and as always, check ahead with each restaurant for a schedule of times/days. 

Check out homes for sale in Kittery Maine, or give Halley a call at 1-207-332-4794!

 

KITTERY FORESIDE

The Black Birch, 2 Government Street, Kittery Maine

Start with the deviled eggs, then move on to the duck poutine and an ever-evolving menu that showcases local farms and seasonal varieties. With an art gallery next door, 24 beers on tap, a modern take on classic cocktails and a curated collection of records that are always spinning, The Black Birch is always a great dinner experience!

 

Festina Lente, 1 Government Street, Kittery Mainefestina-lente-kittery-maine-restaurants

In Italian, Festina Lente translates loosely to "make haste slowly". Chef/owner Sam Ostrow absolutely embodies Italian cuisine and culture. His rustic Italian menu merges simplicity with elegance in a very special way with an emphasis on making guests feel right at home (if your home includes superbly handcrafted Italian food, delicious Italian wines and skilled servers to wait on you, that is).

 

 

Tulsi, 20 Walker Street, Kittery Maine

Chef Rajesh Mandekar showcases his native northern Indian cuisine at Tulsi, which has rightfully earned a reputation for some of the finest Indian cuisine on the Seacoast. You'll find me in line at Tulsi's Sunday buffet just as soon as it's safe for them to begin again!

 

The Corner Pub, 4 Wallingford Square, Kittery Maine

Recently reimagined, yet still a classic. The Corner Pub offers great pub food, COLD beer, Frito Pie, pool tables and darts. Always a great time!

 

Lil's Cafe, 7 Wallingford Square #106, Kittery Maine

Lil’s Cafe is a staple among the restaurants in Kittery. Grab something from the bakery and a cup of coffee and sit out on the patio to enjoy the sunshine and breeze off the ocean. Halley takes her kids as a treat after going to the Rice public library just a few steps away; it always makes for a fun family activity. Bonus -- the Maine Squeeze is in located on the same patio with made to order smoothies and fresh juices! Quick, delicious, simple!

 

Anju Noodle Bar & The Wallingford Dram, 7 Wallingford Square, Kittery Maine

Anju is a delicious noodle bar! Big bowls of ramen, pork buns and all kinds of tasty treats, a great stop for lunch or late night.

The Wallingford Dram

Sister restaurant to Anju Noodle Bar, the Dram is a great place for a pre-dinner cocktail or night-cap. Fancy cocktails and a fun speakeasy atmosphere, combined with a menu of sandwiches and funked up hot dogs. 

 

AJ's Wood Grill Pizza, 68 Wallingford Square, Kittery Maine

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According to Halley, AJ's has some of the best buffalo wings around. They are committed to supporting sustainable agriculture, environmental responsibility, and their community as well. With yummy organic pizza dough, gluten-free pizza and toppings, cherry and applewood in the wood-fired grill, and homemade sauces and salad dressings, AJ's offerings are distinctive and tasty!

 

Rudders Public House, 70 Wallingford Square, Kittery Maine

Any time you're looking to catch a beer, a meal and game on TV when you're in Kittery Foreside, head to Rudders. Football Sundays are very popular during the season, and you can always bring man's best friend with you to Rudders. Woof! 

 

Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

 

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    Walking For Weight Loss - Use This One Easy Tip To Amp Up Your Workout!

     

     

    The days are getting longer, it’s getting warmer, and the beach or mountain trails beckon. If you love to walk for weight loss and general fitness - or hike  - we’ve got a suggestion for you that’ll increase your pace, your calorie burn, and your overall fitness. Pick up a pair of Nordic walking poles!

     

    Not originally created for weight loss, Nordic walking began in Finland as a way for cross-country skiers to keep in shape during the warmer months. As a technique for walking for weight loss, however, it is substantially more effective.

     

    The cardiovascular workout using Nordic walking poles is stronger than without them because it works all major muscle groups, not just the ones in the lower body. Even chest and abdominal muscles are activated during a typical workout.

     

    Recent studies by the Cooper Institute in Dallas showed that Nordic walking burns 20-45% more calories than normal walking and increases oxygen consumption. As an added bonus, Nordic walking is far easier on your joints than jogging or running and you can easily tailor your speed and intensity to suit your own needs.

     

    By using walking poles, you increase your heart rate on average 10-15% more than normal walking. This means you can burn well over 400 calories per hour, much more than normal walking, which only burns around 280. How many calories you burn will be dependent on your pace, whether you're on a smooth surface vs. more rugged terrain, and whether you include hills during your walking session.

     

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    All you need for gear is a pair of comfy walking shoes and walking poles. Nordic walking poles come with rubber tips for walking on asphalt, which can be removed when you want to use the metal tips on the trails. The poles can be purchased as telescoping, so you can easily change the height, or the lighter and stronger one-piece version. 

     

    If you like to socialize while you exercise, then Nordic walking is still a great pick. Many areas have Nordic walking clubs that meet at parks or beaches.

     

    So get yourself a pair of Nordic walking poles and a good friend and give it a whirl right here on Long Sands beach in York, or any of Maine’s fine beaches. Walking for weight loss the Nordic way is efficient, inexpensive, accessible to most people, and fun, darn it.

     

    If you'd like more information about walking for weight loss using Nordic walking poles, visit https://www.americannordicwalking.com/

     

    Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

     

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    Raised Bed Gardening & Hugelkultur

     

    Outsmart Those Rocks!

    Raised bed gardening is extremely popular right now, particularly in New England, and with very good reason. New England gardeners digging in their yards sometimes feel like they’re not really digging in soil, they’re digging in rocks with a little dirt thrown in to hold it all together.

    Once built, a raised bed or hugelkultur mound (we’ll get to hugelkultur in a moment) placed on top of all those backbreaking stones turns gardening from work to joy.

    Raised bed gardening also hugely increases where you can garden. Heck, you can even build a hip-high container, put all terrain wheels on it and pull it wherever you want!

    But wait, there's more!

    Raised beds also have several other advantages. They drain better and the soil is leraised bed imagess compacted, which makes it easier for roots to grow (just don’t walk in your raised bed!).

    Gardeners aren’t stuck with whatever soil they happen to have in the yard, either. It’s common for gardeners to add topsoil, moisture-retentive compost and other nutrient rich matter to their raised beds, ensuring healthy, high-yielding vegetables or flowers.

    Need another reason to love raised beds?

    In the spring, soil in a raised bed warms faster than the cold, thawing ground. With a raised bed and the addition of a landscape cover over your plants, you can begin the spring growing season early by a month or more, and extend it well into the fall.

    Raised Bed Materials

    There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to raised garden beds. A raised bed can be as practical and homely as a simple heavy-duty black plastic garbage bag filled with soil, or a work of art made out of sculpted cedar that would look right at home at Martha Stewart’s next garden party. They can sit on the ground or be raised up on stilts, which is a godsend to those who love to garden but have some physical limitations.

    Raised bed kits made of wood, plastic, or metal are easy to find at a local Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s or through an online retailer, often under $100. DIY versions include hollowed-out hay bales, pallets, or even a simple mound of soil.

    Hugel-what?

    And that simple mound of soil brings us to hugelkultur.

    Hugel is “hill” in German, and hugelkultur is the practice of cultivating plants on a hill or mound that is composed of layers of decomposing wood, branches, leaves, grass and plant clippings, topped off with soil. The decomposing wood from the logs and branches at the base attract earthworms and other beneficial soil life, which in turn provide aeration and nutrients to the plants grown on the sides of the mound. Decomposing wood is also wonderful for water retention, meaning less watering. Once a hugelkultur mound is built, plants can be grown in that rich environment for years to come with little further effort.

    We hope we’ve convinced you to give raised bed gardening or hugelkultur a try, because they certainly make growing your own vegetables and flowers a heck of a lot easier, and the ways you can use these beds is practically endless.

    For more information about Hugelkultur:

    https://extension.umaine.edu/gardening/2019/09/01/maine-home-garden-news-september-2019/#article-1

     

    Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

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    Recent Homes Sales for February 2021

     35 Barefoot Cottage Unit 157 in Wells, Maine

     Sold for $220,000

     

     

     

     

     202 Maple Street in North Berwick, Maine

     Sold for $285,000

     

     

     

     

     428 Jug Hill Road in Milton, New Hampshire

     Sold for $260,000

     

     

     

     

     

     90 Blackberry Place in Kittery, Maine

     Sold for $59,000

     

     

     

     

     

     37 Raynes Neck Road in York, Maine

     Sold for $1,795,000

     

     

     

     

     

     17 Carlton Street in York, Maine

     Sold for $350,000

     

     

     

     

     2 Coopers Way in Kittery, Maine

     Sold for $625,000

     

     

     

     

     

     364 Clark Road in Wells, Maine

     Sold for $755,000

     

     

     

     

     

     TBD Wentworth Road in Berwick, Maine

     Sold for $275,000

     

     

     

     

     186 Wells Highland in Wells, Maine

     Sold for $355,000

     

     

     

     

     

     488 Main Street Unit 7 in Ogunquit, Maine

     Sold for $225,250

     

     

     

     

     

     14 Nils Lane in Wells, Maine

     Sold for $1,250,000

     

     

     

     

     

     15 Organug Road in York, Maine

     Sold for $475,000

     

     

     

     

     

     16 Detullio Lane A in Wells, Maine

     Sold for $775,000

     

     

     

     

     

     60 Beech Ridge Road in Eliot, Maine

     Sold for $575,000

     

     

     

     

     

     23 Caswell Drive in Greenland, New Hampshire

     Sold for $535,000

     

     

     

     

     

     165/167 Manson Avenue in Kittery, Maine

     Sold for $376,800

     

     

     

     

     

     377 Diamond Hill Road in Berwick, Maine

     Sold for $250,000

     

     

     

     

     6 Kings Road in York, Maine

     Sold for $925,000

     

     

     

     

     

     116 Shore Road in York, Maine

     Sold for $275,000

     

     

     

     

     

     85 Charlie Loop in Wells, Maine

     Sold for $345,900

     

     

     

     

     

     10 Kirk Street in Sanford, Maine

     Sold for $263,000

     

     

     

     

     

    Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home. 

     

     

     

    Reducing Volatile Organic Compounds

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A simple way to reduce potential toxin exposure in the home is to choose your paint carefully. Paint is a commonly used product that may contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. It’s the VOCs in paint that make it smell like paint.

     

    According to the EPA, VOCs are chemicals that are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. Some of them may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher!) than outdoors.

     

    Ordinary interior paint used to contain higher levels of VOCs than today’s choices, but many manufacturers have reduced the levels of VOCs in their products in response to stricter federal and regional standards.

     

    • Benjamin Moore Aura, low VOCs

    • HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams (Lowe’s): low VOCs

    • Benjamin Moore Natura paint: no VOCs, zero emissions, certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

    • Behr Ultra (Home Depot) - no VOCs, self priming, Behr Ultra is GREENGUARD GOLD certified for low chemical emissions into indoor air during product usage

     

    For an excellent guide to reducing volatile organic compounds in your home, please visit: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/air/toxins/voc.htm

     

    Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.