There are a few other details to consider that will help refine your search and make it more manageable to weed through the listings... How far are you willing to commute? Is school choice of interest to you? Types of recreational facilities you may want to be close to, etc.
I would be very happy to help make your search a bit easier. Whether you decide to rent first, or purchase, if you give me a few more details I will use my resources to help you get back up here to Maine.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call, 207-331-7066. I can help.
P.S. What town did you grow up in?
Assuming you'd be looking at greater Portland And taking into account your lot requirements I'd suggest looking at
Even some parts of Portland and South Portland can offer that type of land and privacy-- many with close access or even direct access to water/ocean views that are within your total budget.
There are also "special little nooks" and hidden treasures throughout the area. I would be more than happy to talk to you about all the choices.
I specialize in relocation services for buyers and would be more than happy to assist you if you desired. I also have rental contacts in these communities if you are thinking of renting. Please feel free to contact me directly and I will get you a comprehensive complimentary "real estate kit" for each town you're interest in. I have found these kits to be the very best way for people to learn about a specific community prior to actually starting their search---
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Maine Realty LLC
I'm also from Maine and have lived in the Greater Portland area for 20 years. I would love to help you and your husband find a new home here. Feel free to call or email and we can discuss in greater detail areas that meet your needs as there are many towns that will provide you with the criteria you mentioned. My email is LMccoy@LegacySir.com cell 207-712-6860.
I look forward to speaking with you and helping you get back to Maine!