Blog :: 2020

WRP Monthly Minute: March/April 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!

    Williams Realty Partners knows a lot about partnerships. It’s in our name because it’s the reason for our success.

    Real estate agents at WRP are the #1 Keller Williams team in New England in part because they are a very collaborative group, bouncing ideas of off each other and constantly providing each other with resources and advice. We rely on each other.

    We found another great example of partnership on a recent trip to Hannaford supermarket in York. Like the team at WRP, the team in this picture does something truly extraordinary, and they’re based right here in York, Maine. Maine Search and Rescue Dog Team

    We walked out of Hannaford, and right in front of us sat this lovely dog, one of the most beautiful examples of her breed that we’ve ever seen. Being dog lovers, we of course stopped to admire and pet her, after asking her owner’s permission.

    Turns out that Zena the dog and her owner Elizabeth Fossett are a volunteer Maine search and rescue dog team! More accurately, Zena is a trainee. They are part of a remarkable organization called Maine Search & Rescue Dogs (MESARD).

    MESARD is a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides official agencies such as in the State of Maine and the Northeast region with trained and certified volunteer search and rescue dog teams that aid and assist in the recovery of missing persons. Each team consists of a handler and a search dog that have completed extensive training and passed certifications.

    These volunteer search and rescue dog teams will drop everything at a moment’s notice, at any time of day or night, and respond to a call when someone is lost in Maine. Many owe their lives to them, yet few know that they exist.

    If you’re out and about town and you see this happy pair, please thank them for what they do. And if you’re so moved, MESARD operates solely by private donation. http://www.mesard.org/donations.htm

    A great team is unbeatable.

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      Vegan Meals On The Go in Southern Maine

      Quick Vegan Food In Southern Maine

      Need a bite, but don’t want to bite into meat? The area around Williams Realty Partners in York is flush with vegan options if you know where to go.

      There are some wonderful sit-down restaurants with plenty of vegan options, fortunately. Restaurants like the Green Elephant in nearby Portsmouth, NH, which is completely vegetarian/vegan. They have a deadly good vegan chocolate mousse pie that you’ll want to eat every.single.day.

      Durbar Square, also in Portsmouth, is a Himalayan restaurant that serves up plenty of vegan dishes alongside the wild boar. You can opt for the kitchen to spice your dish so hot that you’ll never, ever forget eating it. And if you’re traveling with your favorite carnivore, Ore Nell’s Barbecue in Kittery offers lots of vegan sides, and a vegan barbecue tofu, too.

      But sometimes you’re on the go, right? There's no time to sit and blissfully savor that chocolate mousse pie at Green Elephant. You’ve still got vegan options in southern Maine.

      Golden Harvest is a wonderful produce shop on Route 1 in Kittery. Obviously, you can grab some apples, bananas, grapes, etc. for the road, but Golden Harvest also has a salad bar inside, and plenty of snack-type yummies (like a positively addictive portabella jerky).

      Just up the road from Golden Harvest is Beach Pea Bakery. They’ve got build-your-own sandwich options at the counter that include a wide variety of vegan fare.

      Anthony’s Food Shop on Route 1 in York Maine doesn’t seem like a place that you’d walk into and find a lot of vegan-to-go, but it is has a vegan cook, and she’s great. There are containers in that refrigerator case with so many delicious vegan concoctions that you could spend a long time just trying to choose from among them.

      Anthony’s also has some fabulous baked goods, in case you’re wondering. The cupcakes always look like a colorful party waiting to happen and many of them are even gluten-free. There are loads of other goodies, too -- see?

      Speaking of yummy treats, anyone up for vegan donuts? Kittery Maine now boasts a donut shop called Lovebirds that specializes in them. The entire shop is 100% vegan, and 100% delish. They have all the classic donuts you know and love, plus some cool experiments like Sticky Rice + Mango, a brioche donut with mango glaze, sticky coconut rice, mango, and black sesame seeds.

      Williams Realty Partners – no one knows southern Maine better! We'd love to show you around.

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        For The Love Of Kittery Maine

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        For The Love Of  Kittery Maine

        Williams Realty Partners sells a lot of real estate in Kittery, Maine. We’ve had listings from small cabins to million dollar waterfront mansions, and helped many buyers find their perfect homes in Kittery too.

        There are thousands of reasons why we at WRP adore Kittery, but blog posts aren’t supposed to be that long. So below are just a few Kittery highlights for you to consider if you’re thinking about buying real estate in Maine but you’re still wondering where. You’ll just have to visit Kittery to find the rest. It won’t be a hardship, we promise.

        Location, Location, Location

        The world of coastal Maine real estate begins in the states’ oldest incorporated town – yep, you guessed it, Kittery (incorporated 1647).

        You’ve heard the old adage that in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location? Consider that Kittery Maine occupies one of the most peaceful, picturesque, and water-centric locations in the entire state. We’re not just blowing real estate smoke here. Look at it - water, water everywhere!

         In the summer, Kittery is a swimming and boating paradise, what with its beaches, the Atlantic ocean, the deep-water harbor of the Piscataqua river, Spinney Creek, Spruce Creek, and Chauncey Creek. And these aren’t just itty-bitty ankle deep creeks, either. Beautiful in every season, these are broad, beautiful tidal rivers, deep and perfect for kayaking at high tide.

        Expand outwards from Kittery, and things just get better. It’s just a hop, skip (and a really big jump) across the mouth of the Piscataqua river from Kittery Maine to New Hampshire and the lovely, lively city of Portsmouth, where there’s always something going on or somewhere fantastic to grab a bite to eat.

        Kittery is also the gateway to all of Maine, an hour’s drive from the lakes region of New Hampshire, and just a bit more than that to the glorious White Mountains National Forest. By train, bus or car, the city of Boston is an easy hour away. If you’ve got farther to go, there are nearby airports in Portsmouth, Manchester and Boston.

        Food, Glorious Food

        Speaking of grabbing a bite, um, head to Kittery Maine. Hit up the all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch at Tulsi as often as you can. Sure, Kittery only has one Indian restaurant, but when it’s as acclaimed as Tulsi, why would you need another? There’s barbecue over at Ore Nell’s on the Piscataqua river, where they even barbecue tofu. Beach Pea bakery has phenomenal bread, and is the perfect spot for lunch. You can drool on the bakery window while waiting for your sandwich.

        Terracotta Pasta Company across from Beach Pea sells these really awesome Sicilian olives, among other delish Italian prepared and frozen foods. Go to When Pigs Fly pizzeria for lunch or dinner, and then go next door to their bakery and sample every bread they have out that day. Or head out to Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier and sit outside, chowing fresh lobster with a pint of melted butter.

        Kittery has some of the finest restaurants, ethnic and otherwise, bakeries, craft beer, and all the other places foodies revel in – we can’t possibly name them all, so do the Google thing and find your faves.

        Shop Til You Drop

        You can’t talk about Kittery without mentioning the Kittery Outlets. They got ‘em. Lots of ‘em. It’s the bomb. There’s a mile or so of shopping of every kind lining both sides of Route 1. Kate Spade, Swarovski, Eddie Bauer, you name it, it’s there. Occupying one corner is the renowned Kittery Trading Post, Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.  And it’s Kittery, so you’re never far from water. Because Spruce Creek runs right through the outlets, there’s even opportunities for waterfront dining when it’s time to take a break.

        It’s not just the big brand names at the outlets that makes for wonderful shopping in Kittery. Art galleries, antiques, great thrift stores and boutiques round out the offerings.

        No one in Maine real estate sold more properties in Kittery than Williams Realty Partners in 2019. So if Kittery Maine sounds like a spot you’d like to land and stay for awhile, give us a call. We’ll show you around.

         

         

         

        Recent Home Sales - January 2020

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        Recent Homes Sales for January 2020

         9 Hoitt Drive in Durham, New Hampshire

         Sold for $386,000

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         205 Atlantic Avenue in Wells, ME

         Sold for $785,000

         

         

         

         

         

          5 Spinney Way, Unit #12 in Kittery, Maine

         Sold for $62,000

         

         

         

         

         

         31 Ocean Ave Unit 211 in York, Maine

         Sold for $420,000

         

         

         

         

         

         1801 N Berwick Lane Unit B in York, Maine

         Sold for $125,000

         

         

         

         

         

         426 Lebanon Road in North Berwick, Maine

         Sold for $259,000

         

         

         

         

         

         17 Tarton Road in York, Maine

         Sold for $347,500

         

         

         

         

         

         180 Grammar Road in Sanford, Maine

         Sold for $325,000

         

         

         

         

         15 Carrie Lane in Limerick, Maine

         Sold for $209,000

         

         

         

         

         

         9 Pheasant Lane in Eliot, Maine

         Sold for $379,900

         

         

         

         

         

         7 High St, in North Berwick, Maine

         Sold for $212,000

         

         

         

         

         9 Stockford Lane in Berwick, Maine

         Sold for $327,000

         

         

         

         

         365 Hubbard Rd in Berwick, Maine

         Sold for $355,000

         

         

         

         

         

         60 Burma Road (land only) in North Berwick, Maine 

         Sold for $143,904

         

         

         

         

         55 Broadway in York, Maine

         Sold for $785,000

         

         

         

         

         

         12 Webhannet in Wells, Maine

         Sold for $734,500

         

         

         

         

         

         28 School Street in Ogunquit, Maine

         Sold for $1,175,000

         

         

         

         

         757 Main Street in South Portland, Maine

         Sold for $184,000

         

         

         

         

         

         90 Freeman St Unit 2 in York, Maine

         Sold for $266,500

         

         

         

         

         

         

         53 Juniper Road (land sale) in York, Maine

         Sold for $265,000

         

         

         

         

         30 Atlantic Ave in Wells, Maine

         Sold for $800,000

         

         

         

         

         

         7 Ocean Avenue in Wells, Maine

         Sold for $2,100,000

         

         

         

         

         

         6 Sewalls Pasture Road in Cape Neddick, Maine

         Sold for $310,000

         

         

         

         

         

        Not pictured:

        8 Riverbend Drive in Berwick, Maine - Sold for $350,000

        2 Caddy's Way, Unit A in York, Maine - Sold for $555,000

        28 School Street in Ogunquit, Maine - Sold for $470,000

        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.

         

         

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          Nothing To Do During A Maine Winter? Sip Whisky Until Spring!

          Sure, the real estate geniuses at Williams Realty Partners love Maine. A lot. Like all Mainers, though, we’ve had to teach ourselves a few survival skills over the years. Stuff like how to dodge black flies in May, how to dodge tourists in July & August, and how to entertain ourselves through the long, dark Januaries and Februaries.

          Fortunately, David Woods exists, and he can now rightfully be considered a southern coastal Maine survival strategy. For years, he’s fed us pizza and more at Woody’s at the beach – God bless him, he keeps it open year round so we have something to eat -- and now he and his son have turned their attention to mastering the art of small-batch distilling whisky, bourbon, vodka, gin, rum and agave. As it turns out, they’re pretty decent at it.

          The grand old 1880’s barn where Mr. Woods & Mr. Woods have set up shop as Wiggly Bridge Distillery has been many things over the last century and a half. In 2020, it’s metamorphosed into a perfect spot to sit and sip spirits by the fire and listen to live music on a cold winter day. Or how about on the porch on a hot summer day? Or maybe, if you’re on the distillery tour like WPR’s intrepid Director of Marketing Sarah Flickinger over there on the right, you too can thoughtfully sample different bourbons out back in the “rick house”, where heavenly smelling oak barrels are stacked high with spirits doing their aging thing. Sarah, of course, never ages. It’s probably all the bourbon sipping.

          Wiggly Bridge Distillery, York Maine’s finest (and only) small-batch distillery. Swing by the barn on Route 1 and say hi if you’re in York; you’ll be glad you did. Until you can get here, though, if you’re feeling the chill, make yourself one of these delicious Wiggly Bridge Hibernating Honey Bear cocktails and sip the winter away.

          http://wigglybridgedistillery.com/the-hibernating-honey-bear-cocktail/

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