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In This Issue
Save the Date!
Winter Progress
Featured Properties
From the Highland Green Director of Operations
Staging for New Beginnings
C.R.E.A. - Celebrating Ten Years
Meet the Neighbors

 

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Save the Date!

 

Meet the Neighbors

 Open House

Saturday, February 19

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Featuring Members of the Activities Committee and Resident Website Webmaster

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Meet the Neighbors

Open House

 Saturday, March 5

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Featuring Friends of

Bowdoin College

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 Ecology & Nature Photography

Friday, March 18

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

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Engage in an interactive photography adventure! See beautiful photos of the Nature Preserve taken by our residents and enjoy the results of your own photos in a slideshow over a delicious lunch.

 

For more information about our

upcoming events, please call us or visit our website!  

 

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 Winter Progress
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We are relocating to Highland Green from a waterfront condominium in Portland, Maine. We already had a low-maintenance lifestyle but we were looking for a place with a true sense of community. We feel fortunate to have found just that at Highland Green. Plus we will have a custom built home that backs onto a nature preserve."

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Gerry and Gretchen Davis, formerly of Connecticut, are proud Bates College graduates.

 

Featured Properties

 

1 kestrel

 

Many Extras - 1 Kestrel Dr.

  

Something truly special with over 3,000 square feet of customized space on two floors.  Two fireplaces, first floor master, hardwood, slate tiled sunroom with a deck adjacent to woods, chef's kitchen, and a full walkout basement.

 

4 siskin outside

 

Into the Woods - 4 Siskin Dr.

 

One-of-a-kind private site with a backyard abutting conservation trails, plentiful and large windows will make you feel as if you are in the middle of the Maine woods but with the convenience of community living.

 

From the Director of Operations  

 

It is an honor for me to be the Director of Operations at Highland Green. As former Maine residents, my wife and I have recently returned after spending eight years living in and managing a similar but much larger community in Coastal North Carolina. We were drawn back by the Mainejohn c lifestyle which is so special and is represented so well at Highland Green.

 

I am very excited to continue using my background, work experience and leadership skills to help this community continue to thrive. More than 50 million Americans live in planned communities and I have spent a great deal of time studying this industry. I can state with confidence that Highland Green is truly unique, not only in Maine but nationally. The relatively few numbers of homes on such a large piece of land, the large amount of dedicated natural open spaces within the community, the extensive infrastructure and the perfectly convenient location make this place one-of-a-kind. 

 

Beyond the physical aspects of Highland Green, it is also the residents which make this unique. The sense of community is palpable. I have found in my teamwork with the resident cooperative boards and committees that we are fortunate to have a group of residents that come from experienced and diverse professional and geographic backgrounds. They are dedicated to working with management to see that everyone's best interests are served.

 

The creation of Highland Green by a local founder and the hands on management also make it different than other communities that I have seen. In my roughly half a year in this position I have witnessed more employee commitment to the people we serve by the Seacoast Management team than in any other position with which I have been associated. There is a true desire to create happiness by delivering exceptional service to our community.

 

In my first months in my position I have been able to review the governing documents, create a concise reserve study with which the cooperative boards can work, and assist in budget preparation, amongst many other services. Going forward I will continue Board of Director development, help fine tune the budget process, help create new committees such as investment and foundation groups and manage the community effectively. My main goal is to continue to help ensure strength and stability of the lifestyle and asset of the current and future resident shareholders of Highland Green.

 

I am a people person. The most important part of my job is responding to the individual needs of the residents who call, stop by or see me out and about in the community. I take great satisfaction in helping residents who have chosen to live in this community and have faith in me as a manager. My office door is always open!

Staging for New Beginnings

 

Staging is the process of preparing your home to sell.  Whether it is vacant or lived in, it must show to its fullest potential. It is most important to arm yourself with every possible advantage.  When you place your property on the market, it transitions from being a home to becoming a product for sale.  It must be merchandised in the most effective way possible to sell quickly and profitably.

 

90% of the population cannot visualize the potential of unfamiliar space. They need to be able to see the possibilities right in front of them.  Don't leave this up to chance. Most people viewing homes will be completely distracted by the "I am snooping in someone else's home" syndrome.  Most of potential buyers will not be able to see beyond the clutter and personal items in a home.

 

Contact us to learn how our residents have used staging to accelerate the process of selling their prior home to relocate to our community.

 

C.R.E.A. - Celebrating Ten Years

 

A decade ago the Cathance River Education Alliance was co-founded by Highland Green founder John Wasileski and the group Topsham's Future led by environmentalist and Bowdoin professor John Rensenbrink. They envisioned using the Cathance River Nature Preserve for environmental education, as well as protecting the Cathance River watershed. In our first 10 years, with the hard work and duckdedication of our staff and directors, CREA's membership has grown to over 500 members who share that vision. Many contributors have been with us from the beginning, and generous individual donors and business partners have enabled CREA to grow and thrive.

 

Here are some other figures that mark our success over the past 10 years: We have competed for and been awarded over $453,000 in grants from multiple sources. We have provided classroom experiences at the Ecology Center for 5,000 students, and 100 teachers have attended CREA workshops. Our outreach teachers have worked in over 40 classrooms in the area. In our multi-season camp sessions, over 500 grade school children have had outdoor nature experiences.

 

ecologyThe Ecology Center is used for adult education programs involving all aspects of the natural world, and CREA provides educational workshops and lectures at locations throughout the community, including Highland Green. An estimated 1,000 have attended these programs. CREA holds an annual 5 K race, the Run for the Sun. We participate in "Live Maine," Bowdoin's "Give and Go" and collaborate with other organizations such as the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Arts Are Elementary, and Bowdoin College.

 

Significantly, along with the community support that CREA has received from many sources and individuals, we have received bequests from three people who have named CREA in their wills-a noteworthy tribute for an organization that is only 10 years old. Also, over half of the residents of Highland Green are CREA members. CREA's work is recognized by them as worthy of support, and they have chosen to embrace its vision.

 

Here's to the next 10 years of continued success!

 

 

Meet the Neighbors - The Nelsons

 

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Jeff and Ann Nelson relocated to Highland Green from Southern New Hampshire. When choosing a place for their next adventure together in life, location was very important to both of them. After researching Maine, Vermont and Portland, Oregon, Mid-Coast Maine and the Topsham-Brunswick area won out for a number of reasons including proximity to a college town, a good library, an airport, medical care, nature, and a lot of cultural activities.

 

As avid conservationists, the Nelsons were drawn to Highland Green primarily by the 230 acre Cathance River Nature Preserve and their ability to have their home abutting the Preserve. Now Jeff, a former manager for manufacturing and engineering, and Ann, a former school librarian, are both active members of the Cathance River Education Alliance. Jeff serves on the Board and Ann works on the CREA Newsletter.

 

While the Nelsons participate in many of the resident driven activities at Highland Green they also take advantage of the many cultural, volunteer and educational opportunities that the community's strategic location affords.

 

"Highland Green's location is perfect for easy access to Brunswick, where we have joined the Association of Bowdoin Friends, up the coast to Boothbay, where we have joined the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and down to Portland, where we have joined the Portland Museum of Art."  - Jeff Nelson

 


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