Blog :: 08-2014

Lakeville Maine - Recreation Destination

Lakeville is a rural eastern Penobscot County town organized in 1868 as Lakeville Plantation. The landscape of the town is contrasted with big rolling hills, vast undeveloped timberland and many lakes. Almanac Mountain is its highest peak just over 1,000 feet and the site of a historic fire tower. The other high peaks in Lakeville, Maine are Lombard Mountain, Getchell Mountain, Oak Mountain, Bear Mountain, Dill Ridge, Chamberlain Ridge and Rand Hill.

Recreational property opportunities range from good access to both ATV trails and snowmobile trails, to fishing and boating many of the lakes in the Grand Lake Chain of Lakes. There are many open areas of dense forest and a large public reserve lot located in Lakeville, Me.

The town of Lakeville has just a couple town maintained roads and few residents. The town has one of the lowest tax rates in eastern Maine. The thrifty town has been able to keep costs to a minimum by opening the town office on Bottle Lake Road just a few hours a week. The town also utilizes the Land Use Planning Commission for code conformance and building permits. Ten year land sales data from Maine MLS shows Lakeville averaged just under 50 acres per sale with an average sale price of approximately $58,000. Many of these sales were on one of the many lakes in Lakeville.

Lakes: Bottle Lake - Lakeville's most accessible lake located at the end of Bottle Lake Road terminating at the public boat launch site. Bottle Lake is the most developed of all the lakes in the town. Duck Lake - Highlights of this lake include a lot of undeveloped frontage within a Maine Public Reserve lot and boat access into the much larger Junior Lake. Boat landing is at the end of Duck Lake Road. Lombard Lake - Is a remote and hard to access lake and is one of the most scenic in Lakeville with Oak Mountain and Lombard Mountain surrounding the lake. Upper Sysladobsis Lake - Is another remote lake with limited boat access. A small landing on the north west shore on tribal lands is the only launch. The lake occasionally produces large landlocked salmon. Sysladobsis Lake - Is a very large body of water and is home to most of the freshwater fish species native to Maine. Miles of undeveloped shorelines and a great canoe section along the West Grand Lake canoe trip. An excellent concrete ramp boat landing is located on the northern end of the lake. Junior Lake - Is a large remote lake, hard to access with Bottle Lake Stream and Duck Lake Stream the most available boat access points. Locally know for excellent fishing for salmon, whitefish and smallmouth bass. Keg Lake - Is a very quiet and rocky shoreline Lake with an outlet that feeds into Bottle Lake Stream. This is a very scenic pond being a great place to see moose along its shore. Upper Pug Lake - The smaller of the pugs, this is a limited access pond with no utilities. It has mostly large private lots along its shore. Access is over a private association right of way for members only. Lower Pug Lake - Is a very quiet remote pond with most of its frontage owned by less than half a dozen property owners. A private had carry boat launch is located on the road end of the pond. Spaulding Pond - A very small pond nestled next to Lombard Mountain. Horseshoe Lake - Is a very Scenic pond with excellent smallmouth bass fishing. Access over tribal lands from the south side of the pond. Also a good spot to find a moose browsing its shallow coves. With a little effort canoes, kayaks and small boats can descend the outlet into Junior Lake.

Information from Maine.gov County: Penobscot School Dist/Dept: Lakeville School Department Senate District: 29 House District: 11 Congressional District: 2 Population: 90 Contact Information for Lakeville Address: 1337 Bottle Lake Road Lakeville, ME 04487 Map It Tel: (207) 738-5047 Fax: (207) 738-5047

6 Ways to Get Your Land Sold Faster

  • Title Search & Title Insurance

This is the first thing you should do before putting your property on the market. If you did not do this when you purchased or inherited the property there is no better time than right now. Issues such as access and un-discharged mortgages to name two could cost you a sale, money or both. If any issues are discovered correct them now. A cursory title exam should cost from $400 - $750.

  • Survey

Do this when you purchase. If the seller has not already done so, try to negotiate this as part of the sale. Once done, be diligent about keeping the boundary lines cleared and painted. Occasional maintenance will save thousands of dollars later. Survey cost will run from $1,000 and up depending on the size of the lot and other factors.

  • Soil Test

Most every buyer asks if this has been done before coming to visit a property. Take this issue off the negotiating table by being proactive. A preliminary soil test in a choice location will satisfy most buyers. Cost will range from $250 for a preliminary to $400 - $750 for  full septic system design.

  • Offer Owner Financing

If you have no immediate need for cash, holding paper is an option which could help sell your land faster and for more money. Conventional banks often require down payments beyond the means of many buyers. Your reward will be a rate of interest much greater than the current rates on CD's, savings accounts and bonds. Hire a professional to help set this up and comply with government regulations regarding private financing.

  • Walking Trails/Clearings/Food Plots

A day or two of work on your land creating access trails, clearings to open views and establishing food plots for game is sweat equity worth the time investment. Potential buyers don't want bushes hitting them in the face any more than you do. Cost - Your time and equipment; $600 and up if you hire it done.

  • Driveways & Access Roads

Being able to drive onto a property is a BIG plus for most potential buyers. If your property has a driveway or existing road system maintain it over time. Consult a land professional before starting this project. DOT driveway permits and other issues may apply. The cost will vary widely depending on slopes, required culverts, the availability of local gravel and other factors.

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