Best Places to Live in Maine: Hope

Editor in chief Brian Kevin likes the woodsy vibe of this midcoast hamlet.

Hope, Maine
An aerial view from above Hope Orchards takes in the Hope General Store, Hope Community Bible Church, and the swells of Moody Mountain. Photographed by Benjamin Williamson.

For our 2020 Best Places to Live feature, we asked some of the Down East staff and contributors what makes their town great. Here’s what editor in chief Brian Kevin had to say.

What I Love

All the perks of the Camden Hills (and, when my kids get older, the top-rated Camden Hills Regional High School), with way more affordable homes than in neighboring Camden. It’s five minutes from my driveway to the Bald, Ragged, and Hatchet mountain trailheads, as well as to the rental rack on Megunticook Lake where I stow my kayak.

What I Miss

Sidewalks. Hope is decidedly rural, and I wish my 6-year-old had some pavement to ride his bike on. On the plus side, he’s learning to cross-country ski on the wooded trails literally out our back door.

Where to Find Me

Hope doesn’t have much for hangouts, but I like meeting friends for brunch or beers at Barrettstown Farmhouse, an upscale-pubby restaurant in a post-and-beam barn. The 188-year-old Hope General Store is the place to grab necessities — milk, toilet paper, a cup of joe — and a few luxuries, like a pint of Ben & Jerry’s or a bottle of wine.

Median age44
Median household
Families living below
the poverty line
Walk Score10/100
GreatSchools rating averagenot rated

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March 2020

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