Broker (28 years experience)
Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Retirement Home/Vacation Home Specialist
BELFAST IN 1950
I was born in Belfast. Of over 100 real estate brokers working in Belfast, I am among less than 10 who can honestly say that. At that time (late 40s, early 50s), Belfast was a manufacturing center for apparel, shoes, and chicken processing. (The big annual event was the Belfast Broiler Festival and barbecue.) There were two independent drug stores with soda fountains, the banks were giving away a place setting of china for opening an account, and Belfast Harbor was simply the home of sardine boats and a fleet of working tug boats.
THE 1970s and 1980s
The city was changing! Art galleries, bookstores, and craft studios were blossoming as the manufacturing plants were going out of business. Newcomers were moving to Belfast and the rural area around it. I was a rural community health center administrator and a guidance counselor before I discovered real estate as a career.
Today, Belfast is the home of an interesting mix of locals and people from away. It now has bakeries, coffee shops, a farmers market, arts in the park, sailboats in the harbor, a dance studio, a print and an on-line newspaper, and a lovely stone addition to the original Belfast Library. U.S. Route One traffic now bypasses the city allowing the downtown to develop a quiet charm among historic brick buildings. It's a great place to live (or vacation)!
MY REAL ESTATE CAREER In my 28 years in real estate I have become acquainted with lots of wonderful people and have developed a number of specialties. I especially love helping retiring professionals get to know and love Belfast as I do, and help them find a retirement home here . I am able to customize searches for buyers because I combine the listening skills I developed as a counselor with my familiarity with the area. I know special places such as hiking trails, a skinny-dipping spot at a waterfall, where to pick your own strawberries, and where to trace your possible lineage to Maine sea captains.
I know the neighborhoods and can recommend a good choice for you to match your lifestyle. Do you want to be in walking distance to Main street shops, banking and other services? Do you need to be close to the hospital or out-patient medical services? Do you prefer a neighborhood where your children can safely ride their bikes or walk to school? Is a good dog-walking path or a place to buy the New York Times important to be nearby? Are you looking for an area to retire where you can easily become part of the community, perhaps with volunteer opportunities? Are you looking for a farm, oceanfront property, a lakefront home, or an historic home?
JUST ASK MARTHA! I can quickly locate exactly what you are looking for. I can also introduce you to people and places that will give you a sense of belonging in the Penobscot Bay area. Don't waste time! Avoid frustration by trying to find just the perfect property on your own. Just ask Martha!