Dover-Foxcroft Voted One of the Best Places to Live in Maine by Down East Magazine
So you want a place up north — cheap real estate, small-town charm, mountain splendor — but not, like, way up north? From Dover-Foxcroft, it’s just over an hour to both Belfast and Baxter State Park, 45 minutes to the Bangor Mall and Moosehead Lake. Not that you have to leave to keep busy. Dover doesn’t bustle (except during the Whoopie Pie Festival in June), but its small downtown is anchored by the restored Center Theatre, with popcorn flicks, a cool one-act play festival, and occasional concerts and touring performances. Across the Piscatiquis River, The Mill at Dover-Foxcroft, which opened in 2015, is a 60,000-square-foot former furniture mill easily mistaken for a sleek mixed-use development in Portland. Office tenants share fiber broadband, views of the old dam, and coffees and paninis at the café. The six-room boutique inn does brisk summer business, the owners are wooing an on-site brewery, and (as of last visit) there’s no vacancy in the 23 industrial-mod apartments. Jade Harmon, the Mill Inn+Cafe’s 24-year-old manager, moved back to her childhood home after a SoCal stint. Many tenants, she says, are wayward Doverites who returned to take advantage of the cool new lofts.
Lest you suppose the place is going metro, Center Theatre director Patrick Myers (at 44, another boomerang native) says it’s still a town where you can let your kids wander. “I’m very progressive in some ways,” Myers says, “but time stands a little still here, and it’s kind of nice.”
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine Stats:
Median household income: $42,402
Percent of families below poverty level: 6.0
Median Age: 50.8