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What to Consider When Researching 55 and Older Communities in Maine

It’s no secret that there are plenty of reasons to retire in Maine – from the incredible culinary scene to the unique coastal culture, the Pine Tree State is the perfect place to enjoy your golden years! When researching 55 and older communities in Maine, it’s important to consider all the factors before making a decision. Below, we’ve put together a few key things to keep in mind when looking at active retirement communities!

Housing Options

The most important factor to consider when you’re researching retirement communities is what your living arrangement will be. Are you looking for a completely independent cottage, or perhaps more interested in a communal apartment-style building? There are various types of housing options depending on the community, so be sure you determine the details of each in order to make the best decision for your needs.

At Cumberland Crossing, we offer two customizable cottage floor plans to choose from for a reasonable entrance fee, which allows you to make the space completely yours! Whether you’d prefer a floor plan that has your kitchen facing east to watch the sunrise with your coffee, or your sunroom south-facing to catch the last rays, we can easily work with your preferences! Both of our floor plans include the following amenities:

  • Full generators
  • Solar supported electricity
  • Large great room with gas fireplace
  • Master bedroom with walk-in closet
  • Guest bedroom with double closet
  • Two full baths, with a choice of tub shower or step-in shower
  • Full kitchen with granite countertops and all appliances
  • Washer and dryer
  • Various pantries and coat closets
  • Hardwood floors
  • Outdoor patio
  • 4-season Sunroom
  • Garage

Lifestyle & Amenities

Another major part of your decision-making process should include reviewing the available amenities and culture within a community. Does it have everything that you’re looking for when it comes to enjoying your retirement to the fullest? This, of course, looks different for everyone! For some, fitness classes or golfing may be a priority; for others, the focus may be continued education and studies. Perhaps it’s a combination of both! Whatever your passions are, be sure to thoroughly learn about the amenities each community has to offer and make sure they align with your lifestyle.

Our community at Cumberland Crossing truly has something for everyone! Enjoy a brand new heated, salt-water pool and resident groups, plus access to OceanView at Falmouth programs, fitness classes, regular social events and activities of all variations. Catch a movie at our theater (with complimentary popcorn!) or explore one of our dining options, such as our Whipple Farmhouse restaurant with a seasonally-focused menu.

We also offer a unique Golf FORE Life program, giving you complimentary access to three of the best golf courses in Maine: Val Halla Golf & Recreation Center, Falmouth Country Club and Highland Green.

Local Recreation & Activities

When researching active retirement communities, you’ll want to assess the location and what kind of local recreation or activities are nearby. Think about how you want to spend your time and what activities are most important to you! 

At Cumberland Crossing, we know firsthand that Maine is one of the most beautiful coastal states in the country, with no shortage of opportunities for outdoor activity. If you love hiking, boating, skiing or fishing, you aren’t more than an hour drive away from some of the most breathtaking mountains, lakes and bays out there! In fact, Cumberland Crossing is adjacent to Twin Brook Recreation Facility, a peaceful 250-acre park full of natural beauty.

Another wonderful factor is the incredible food scene Maine has to offer! A short drive into Portland will give you nearly endless culinary options, from classic American fare and fresh seafood dishes, to street Thai or poutine. Anywhere you go in the city, you will find award-winning dishes from food trucks, pop-up restaurants and local hot spots that are unlike anything you’ve experienced.

Finally, the local culture in Maine is extremely unique and is sure to keep you interested! Explore Portland’s historic cobbled streets while checking out the world-renowned art at the Portland Museum of Art, take a class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine, or check out some of the quirky attractions that give Maine its flair. You’ll never get bored, we promise!

Cumberland Crossing by OceanView

Cumberland Crossing is an active lifestyle retirement community for the 21st century! Offering customizable, maintenance-free cottages with a one-of-a-kind 100% refundable entrance fee, leave the stress of homeownership behind and spend more time doing what you love! If you are considering 55 and older communities in Maine, please contact us to learn more about our community at Cumberland Crossing by OceanView.