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From a charming island cottage to a stately historic castle, these prime properties have us packing our bags for the rocky coastline of our northernmost state (just in time for fall!).

By Marisa Spyker

When we think of Maine, we think of buttery lobster tails, wooden sailboats cruising in the cool breeze, and thousands of miles of craggy coastline that statistically outnumber even California (seriously!). Basically, it’s heaven on earth. But if you need yet another reason to relocate to this New England gem, here are seven.

Courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty
Courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty

Boater’s Paradise, Biddeford

$5,500,000; sothebysrealty.com
Calling all yachtsmen, ocean admirers, lighthouse lovers, sunset savorers. (Did we miss anyone?) Here’s a home that will most surely land on just about everyone’s wish list. Surrounded by water on three sides, this Hills Beach estate comes with four acres of land, a deep-water dock, and views for days of sunrises and sunsets, boat and wildlife traffic, and the nearby Wood Island Lighthouse.

Related: This Maine Private Island Estate Comes With its Own Lighthouse

Photo: Courtesy of Portside Real Estate Group 
Photo: Courtesy of Portside Real Estate Group 

Island Allure, Chebeague Island

$525,000; portsiderealestategroup.com
As much as there is to love about this cottage’s charming exterior – the shutters, the trim, the house name proudly displayed above the front door – the interiors are equally as charming. Built by a stone slooper in the 1850s, the home maintains its historic charm with wide pine floors and traditional molding. It’s also just a quick ferry ride to Portland, so you can get your fill of the city in an afternoon before returning to your personal paradise in Casco Bay.

Courtesy of Kennebunk Beach Realty
Courtesy of Kennebunk Beach Realty
Courtesy of Kennebunk Beach Realty

Downtown Dream, Kennebunkport

$750,000; kennebunkbeachrealty.com
Just a short walk from the adorable boutiques and delicious lobster shanties of Kennebunkport, this serene riverfront gem is just far enough to feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The three-bedroom, two-story condo, beautifully renovated in 2000, features a spacious kitchen, high ceilings, and plenty of windows for taking in the views.

Related: How to Decorate Your House Like a Cozy New England Cottage

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Photo: Wave 5 Productions

Historic Hideaway, Cape Elizabeth

$3,350,000; townandshore.com
Fulfill your Game of Thrones fantasy with your very own castle on the rocky shoreline. Built in 1874 and used as a navigational aid for ships entering Portland Harbor, the stately structure houses a three-bedroom cottage, artist’s studio, and stone tower affording wraparound views of Casco Bay. Peaceful gardens connected by meandering paths surround the home. 

Courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty 
Courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty

Southern Stunner, Kittery

$1,190,000; sothebysrealty.com
The small town of Kittery is the southernmost stop before you cross the river into New Hampshire, and just like any good Southern town, it’s utterly quaint and charming. This secluded, tree-shaded cottage by the sea is the perfect setting for curling up with a book on chilly nights or with a cup of coffee for morning sunrises.

Courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty
Courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty

Country Charmer, Gouldsboro

$599,000; sothebysrealty.com
Located on a rural, oceanfront road in a tiny fishing village, this gorgeous coastal cottage feels like the chicest farmhouse you’ll ever see. Formerly owned by a professional decorator and used as a holiday escape, the home is photo shoot-ready with a light, bright ambiance and sophisticated details indoors and out. Views of Gouldsboro Bay on two sides and an additional detached barn add to its never-ending allure.

Photo: Courtesy of Pack Maynard & Associates
Photo: Courtesy of Pack Maynard & Associates 

Blue Beauty, Kennebunkport

$1,450,000; kennebunkbeachrealty.com
If your answer to the question “What’s your favorite color?” is blue (isn’t everyone’s?), then we’ve got a house for you. Clad in sky-blue shingles with navy trim, this beautifully detailed home boasts five bedrooms, an updated chef’s kitchen, arched doorways, and a cozy sunroom. Bonus? It’s also super close to downtown.