Brunswick : Maine

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What it's Like to Retire in Brunswick

Brunswick is a beautiful small town near the southern coast of Maine. It is one of the prettiest towns in a state with many beautiful places. Brunswick is home to the elite Bowdoin College as well as the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. There are many homes and areas on the list of historic places because Brunswick was home to prosperous sea captains in its early history.  Nearby Freeport is a shoppers Mecca; while Bath and Lewiston are good sized towns. This part of the world is a big tourist destination, particularly in summer, but Brunswick attracts a more upscale kind of visitor.

 

Where to Retire in Brunswick and Home Prices

Some retirees choose to live in the beautiful town of Brunswick. There are also active adult and 55+ communities in this part of southern Maine. According to Zillow,  the median home value in Brunswick was about $185,400 in early 2017.  The National Association of Realtors reports that the median home price in nearby Portland was $253,300 in the last quarter of 2016.  Prices in Brunswick are probably higher than the rest of the state. Homes closer to the water and those in historic districts will be much more.

 

What is special about Brunswick

Wonderful history as a seafaring town going back to colonial days. Bowdoin College and Bowdoin Museum of Art.  Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
 

What is not special about Brunswick

WInters are cold in Brunswick but not as bad as in Maine's interior. It is a small town. The closing of Brunswick Naval Air Station highlights the problem Maine always has with jobs.
 

Who will like retirement in Brunswick

Retirees who like living in a small college town on the beautiful coast of Maine will absolutely love it here. There is plenty to do amidst all this beauty
 

Local economy is driven by

In addition to Bowdoin College local employer include LL Bean, Bath Iron Works, and tourism. The Naval Air Station Brunswick unfortunately closed in 2011.

 

Climate and Physical Environment

Brunswick is on Maine's southern coast and the mouth of the Androscoggin River. The average July high is 80 and the average January temperature is 20. November is the wettest  month with just under 5" of precip.

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Bowdoin College and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (architect: Henry Bacon who also designed Washington's Lincoln Memorial) are 2 centers of Brunswick's cultural life.  The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is a local site of interest, along with the Captain john Curtis Memorial Library
 

Crime

The crime rate is very low in Brunswick, about one third the national average.

 

Medical facilities

Mid-Coast Hospital and Parkview Memorial serve Brunswick.
 

Transportation

I 95 is nearby. Portland has a good airport.
 

Valuable Links

Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Town of Brunswick
Wikipedia for Brunswick

 

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