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Wooded retreat in southern Maine

Biddeford, Maine, United States
Rates from USD $2585 | Monthly

House | Entire Home | House Sitting Negotiable
Available Dates:
From September 3, 2024 until June 15, 2025
Additional Dates:
From September 9, 2025 until June 9, 2026


Formerly worked in academia, but now firmly entrenched in nonprofit/philanthropic work. I split my time between Philadelphia and Maine. The house is a beautiful, peaceful escape, yet is only 30 minutes from Portland or just over 90 minutes from Boston. (Amtrak train service is 10 minutes from the house.) Ideal for those who seek a quiet retreat with easy access to beaches, great restaurants, and no shortage of opportunities to explore. Start the day with coffee on the back patio and enjoy watching the chipmunks frolic and the many birds (hummingbirds, chickadees, wrens, woodpeckers, goldfinches, titmouses, and more) making trips to the feeders and native plants. (If you’re not a birder when you arrive, you’ll be one before you leave. Birders also won’t want to miss East Point Sanctuary down the road in Biddeford Pool.) Don’t be surprised to see wild turkeys strutting through the yard either. Located on 4.5 wooded acres, this 2-bedroom house is located 5 miles (10 min drive) from the town of Biddeford and 1.5 miles (4 min drive) from some of the best beaches in Maine (Biddeford Pool, Middle Beach, and Fortunes Rocks), particularly for those who enjoy surfing. For calmer waters, walk 15 minutes across the University of New England campus to Freddy Beach or Hills Beach, where you can also swim, kayak, or paddleboard. Depending on the season, there are ample opportunities to pick fresh blueberries, blackberries, and fire cherries within steps of the back door. Peep the leaves in autumn. Cozy up to the fire, hibernate, and enjoy the peacefulness of the winter. Skiers and snowboarders can reach resorts in Maine in as little as an hour (Lost Valley) or 90 minutes (Shawnee Peak) or reach the White Mountains of New Hampshire in two hours. Take the opportunity to take a long walk along the Timber Point Trail or other parts of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge anytime of year. There are too many great restaurants to list, as well as breweries, distilleries, and creameries - both in and around Biddeford/Kennebunkport, as well as up the road in Portland. The kitchen has all you’ll need to cook (or grill) from the house, including top-of-the-line appliances and cookware, but I’m also more than happy to provide restaurant recommendations. The two bedrooms are large and each contains a small desk. There's also a desk in the open/common area on the first floor. The finished basement could also be used as a writing/studio space. Nearby: Portland (23 miles; 30 minutes north) Kennebunkport (10 miles; 15 min) Portsmouth, NH (40 miles; 45 min) Boston (100 miles; 1h 40min)




1,200 ft2

Suited For

Property Type


From September 3, 2024 until June 15, 2025

Additional Dates

From September 9, 2025 until June 9, 2026

Minimum Stay

1 Month | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: Availability is flexible and can be discussed/negotiated with owner.


House in Biddeford, Maine, United States

Closest University

University of New England - Biddeford Campus

Nearby Universities
Boston College | Boston University | Harvard University | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Northeastern University | Babson College | Tufts University | Wellesley College | UMass Boston | University of Massachusetts Lowell | Brandeis University | Bowdoin College | University of New Hampshire

Biddeford Pool

Nearby Cities

Kennebunkport | Boston | Portsmouth | Portland

Comments: Adjacent to UNE campus, on 4.5 wooded acres, this 2-bedroom house is 5 miles from the town of Biddeford and only 1.5 miles from the best beaches in Maine; or a 15 min walk across UNE to Freddy or Hills Beaches. Under 2hrs to Boston by car or train.

Explore the Area


  • Off Campus
  • Walk to Campus
  • Bike to Campus
  • Countryside
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Near Ocean or Lake
  • Near Woods
  • Near Park

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $2585 Monthly | Negotiable

The cost of utilities can be discussed

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: Pricing includes water and hi-speed wifi. Easiest to pay for electric and gas based on usage, but can be added to base.


Ask about the suitability of the home for young kids

Ask about bringing pets

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available

House Sitting

I may need help while I am away

I may need help with plants or garden

Would be grateful if basic weeding of the beds was maintained, as well as maintenance of indoor plants.

Comments: Snow plowing is included. Keeping up with basic yard maintenance would be appreciated, including mowing (small bit of grass out front), but not required.





High Speed Internet




Balcony or Patio

Dedicated Parking




Temperature Control

Air Conditioning










Comments: Features finished basement which could be used as an office or rec room (has gaming console). Back deck has grill and looks over stone patio with table/chairs, fire pit, etc. Very peaceful.


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Individual Outside of Academia
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