Highland Green Holiday Spirit

December 19, 2017 by whonan

55 Plus Retirement | Maine | Brunswick

Milestone Years for HG We wish you a joyous holiday season, and a very happy New Year. 2017 was a momentous year here at Highland Green. Team HG is proud that we will reach over 200 single family custom built homes in 2018.   Since 2013 alone 112 new households have signed agreements to make HG home. In that same period the number of states from which new customers have relocated to HG has swelled to 31, with new states such as Texas, Colorado, Michigan, North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Minnesota, and Washington State added to the roster. Highland Green Holiday Spirit With so many community-minded residents from near and far, organized Read More

Heathside: Home Next to Conservation

December 15, 2017 by whonan

Affordable Retirement in Maine | 55+ Communities in Maine

The Perfect Place This place has exactly what many are looking for at Highland Green. A home next to conservation land; one-floor living; 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a third room that is an office; a screened porch; and a two car garage. Privacy and Neighborhood Heathside backs onto the Heath Preserve. It’s large flagstone patio and backyard are very private. This offers a beautiful wooded vista and direct access to trails. Yet the home is sited at the high end of Finch Drive, one of HG’s most pretty streets. Bringing the Outside In Your main living space is large, bright and open. Its bank of windows offers brings in the Read More

New HG Lifestyle Newsletters

December 5, 2017 by whonan

Highland Green Lifestyle Newsletter | 55 Plus Active Community | Maine

Demand for HG Lifestyle Newsletters By popular request, we have ordered reprints of the four most recent issues of our award-winning newsletters called HG Lifestyle Newsletters. Interested Highland Green enthusiasts from across the country tell us it is one of their go-to HG resources because it offers in-depth insights into this one-of-a-kind community through portraits of its residents. New friends from 31 U.S. states HG Lifestyle won a prestigious National Association of Home Builder 50+ Housing Council Award for Best Direct Mail Piece at the International Builders’ Show. And Highland Green recently reached another national milestone when Ben and Maruta from St. Cloud, Minnesota made the decision to move here, Read More

Garden Loft: Custom Home for Sale

December 13, 2017 by whonan

Maine | 55 Plus Retirement | Brunswick

Unique Highland Green Landscape This Highland Green custom home for sale sits on a much-admired bright corner lot. To call Garden Loft’s setting as “park-like” is not a cliche. The expertly designed landscape is distinctive, diverse, and focused on native plantings. The beds and trees are strategically placed away from the house to create privacy without sacrificing light inside the living space. Maine Audubon and Highland Green Garden Loft backs onto a special common garden area. “Chick-a-Finch Woods” creates a communally maintained buffer between four HG homes. It is designed with native plantings to support biodiversity and attract native insects and birds. It has been toured by Maine Audubon and touted Read More

An Exciting New Highland Green Opportunity

August 25, 2017 by Will Honan

The Nest loft condos at Highland Green retirement community

Welcome to the Nest Neighborhood The Nest is a much anticipated new neighborhood within Highland Green consisting of three-story buildings. It is another great opportunity to enjoy the nationally renowned HG Lifestyle. It is inspired by a modern loft style and will have four homes per floor. Natural style siding and timber frame trim and deck systems are a nod to HG’s natural setting and conservation model. All Nest homes will corner exposure. Each will be enhanced by high ceilings, large windows, open concepts, and contemporary finishes. Covered parking, elevators, and universal design elements contribute to an easy living model. About the Branding The Nest enjoys its own moniker in Read More

HG Food Blog #6: Maine’s Got Moxie!

June 19, 2017 by Will Honan

I sent two of my more erudite foodie friends some Moxie soda to try and asked them to send me their impressions of the flavor. Predictably, the reviews were mixed. One of them raved about it: “An understated sweetness with soft notes of cardamom and smooth undertones of vanilla which give way to a pleasantly lingering birch bark finish.” The other was not so kind: “Like a combination of cough medicine and syrup of ipecac.” So there you have it. People either love or hate Moxie. Among the first mass produced soft drinks, Moxie was created in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1876 by Union, Maine native Dr. Augustin Thompson. He claimed Read More

House For Sale: Private Access at 9 Junco Drive

December 7, 2017 by whonan

Private Access Highland Green House for Sale

Friendly Location; Private Access to Nature Preserve This exceptional house for sale is on a short, friendly Highland Green street with just five homes. Junco Drive abuts the 235-acre Cathance River Nature Preserve at Highland Green, and is steps from the main community entrance to the Preserve.  Even better, this home is called Private Access because its secluded back yard connects to the Preserve with its own private trail.       Bright Open One-Floor Living A generous entry gives way to a central kitchen with unique granite counters that overlooks a bright open layout. Dining area, living area with fireplace, and open sun room combine to form banks of extra tall windows Read More

HG Food Blog #5: Get Your Red Hot Dogs Here!

June 13, 2017 by Will Honan

Every region of the country has its favorite hot dogs. Each version can be a nostalgic comfort food for the denizens of the area. When I lived in New York City, standing on a busy corner wolfing down a couple of Sabrett “dirty water dogs” from a cart with mustard and kraut was a rite of passage. Nathan’s Famous is overrated in my opinion. I think Gray’s Papaya on 72nd and Amsterdam are the best in NYC and live up to their tagline “Better than Filet Mignon”, though I’d get a vehement argument from those who prefer rival Papaya King. But I am from Maine. And bright neon red hot Read More

Summer 2017 Newsletter: Highland Green Flourishes and Gives Back

September 1, 2017 by Will Honan

Highland Green Flourishes and Volunteers HG residents live a unique active lifestyle with a community minded spirit   Gene and Barbara Grove from Whitefish, Montana will move all the way to Highland Green in late July. This boosts the remarkable tally of states from which new Highland Green residents have relocated to 30! In the first half of 2017 alone, new friends from near and far have come to Highland Green or are in the process of doing so by commitments to existing resale homes or the execution of new construction plans. Within this segment, Maine folks hail from Harpswell, Augusta, Windham, Winterport, Diamond Island, and Surrey. Others come from Read More

New Year 2017 Newsletter: At Highland Green…It’s Time

December 18, 2016 by Will Honan

Off Their Rockers Rock Band Highland Green 55+ community in maine

  A Look Back at 2016 An epic journey, a magazine writer and a rock and roll band exemplify active living 2016 was another sensational year at Highland Green.  It capped a four year period in which nearly 200 people opted to start their next life adventures here. Construction of custom homes rolls on throughout this winter and well into the future as active adults from around the nation commit to living in the Northeast’s premier 55+ Lifestyle community.  We begin 2017 with a fresh look and a new logo. Created in-house by our marketing team, it is simpler and cleaner. Its more modern feel demonstrates that we are continually Read More

SPECIAL EVENT HG Home & Garden Experience September 8

July 17, 2017 by Will Honan

  Our special events are always casual, fun, and full of detailed information. They are explorations of every aspect of Highland Green (HG), and the bringing together of terrific people. Past events like Highland Green Make Financial Sense, The Complete Highland Green Experience, Highland Green Rocks! and Spectacular Block Party have been informative to all, and life changing for some. You can view full hours of footage and info on our extensive Our Videos page. Come join us for another great one…the HG Home & Garden Experience. Learn about how Highland Green works, lower-maintenance living that protects your time and value, plus self-expression through personal and community gardening activities. You will get a full feel Read More

Highland Green Residents are Scrabble Champions

May 19, 2017 by Will Honan

Once again, teams of HG residents took top honors in all categories at the Scrabble Fest tournament held in Augusta. Two squads swept the competitive division and social division at the April event that benefited Literacy Volunteers. Cy and Gail Kendrick won the competitive division while Nancy Johnson, Rick Diamond, George Heilig and Ruth McCrea prevailed in the social division. The HG sides were rewarded with a supply of whoopie pies for besting ten other teams and the contest raised nearly $3,000 for the charity. Nancy Johnson moved here from San Diego, California in 2016 after retiring from a global insurance brokerage. Originally from Massachusetts, she has enjoyed getting accustomed Read More

SPECIAL EVENT Spectacular HG Block Party Friday, May 12

April 4, 2017 by Will Honan

Our special events are always casual, fun, and full of detailed information. They are explorations of every aspect of Highland Green (HG), and the bringing together of terrific people. Past events like Highland Green Make Financial Sense, The Complete Highland Green Experience, and Highland Green Rocks! have been informative to all, and life changing for some. You can view full hours of footage and info on our extensive Our Videos page. Come join us for another great one!   Spectacular HG Block Party Friday, May 12, 2017  | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm   11:00 am  HG Overview and info at the HG Community Center Noon  Meet the Neighbors at Happy Talk Rock 12:30 Read More

HG Food Blog #4: Devil’s Advocate

April 3, 2017 by Will Honan

I’ve been collecting devils most of my life. For over 40 years I have been accumulating Underwood Deviled Ham brand logo items. There’s no way to know for sure but I’m reasonably certain that I own the largest assortment of Underwood ephemera on the planet. It all started when as a small child I would ask my mother to cut out the little red devil emblem from the paper wrappers around the cans of the beloved (by some) ham spread. Over the years I’ve gathered everything from 19th century Underwood advertisements to original art people have created for me. The William Underwood Company was founded in 1822 in Boston, Massachusetts. Read More

HG Food Blog #3: There’s Only One Potato Chip for ME

March 29, 2017 by Will Honan

Nearly every morning I drive or walk by a non-descript office building on my way to (ironically) Lifestyle Fitness Center off Route One in Scarborough. If I close my eyes as I pass I can almost smell the intoxicating aroma of Maine potatoes frying. This is the former site of the iconic Humpty Dumpty snack foods factory. A while back our Real Italians Are Only Found in Maine blog post elicited many feelings. One commenter posted: “That sandwich would go well with a dill pickle and some Cape Cod chips.” Blasphemy! No hard feelings, but one either gets it or one does not. First, the iconic Maine Italian sandwich comes Read More