has written 2 SperlingViews. Currently, Bob is living in Islesboro, ME and has a little something to say:
I have lived in New York, Maine and Massachusetts for extended periods during my life and my wife and I just purchased a condo in St. Augustine FL. We plan to spend our summers in Maine and then winters in Florida, or traveling.
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One of the nicest cities we found in the US Posted On: 2/22/2012 3:18:31 PM
My wife and I traveled over 50,000 in a motor home around America. Besides sightseeing, we were also looking for places to live for the colder months. We discovered St. Augustine and it just spoke to us, sio we bought a condo here near the ocean. The quality of life is excellent and the weather is much milder during the winter months than up north. It can get cold, but doesn't usually stay cold for long, and no snow. There are lots of interesting things to see and do here if you look for them. The downtown can be VERY touristy, with obnoxious trams circulating tourists by the droves during vacation periods, but that also brings commerce and revenue to the city. Shopping is pretty good, but the larger stores are in Jacksonville, requiring an occasional trip for some things. Crime doesn't seem to be an issue, except in certain low-income neighborhoods. Taxes are moderate, we hear from friends that the schools aren't too bad (for Florida, a state not especially committed to having good schools) and the traffic is only congested occasionally on Rt 1 in the shopping district. All in all, we've loved it here our first year and
An Idyllic Summer Enclave Posted On: 12/12/2008 2:52:41 PM
Islesboro is a quiet, scenic, charming place to spend time during the summer months, but may be too isolated and bleak for many in the winter. During the summer months, the population swells ten-fold, with many families returning year after year, from generation to generation. There are summer activities to be found, but one would be advised to come prepared to entertain oneself with books, bicycles and boats and not depend on outside entertainment resources. The library is open on an occasional schedule for reading and internet access, with limited movie titles available for loan. Remember, this is island living and you are subject to the restrictions of a ferry boat that operates until 5:00PM daily. There are no restaurants, one Bed & Breakfast, two general stores and a couple of small gift, antique and book shops. It's a treasure to be enjoyed, but one that has limited access.