Discover Dirigo: Meet Merrill Milham & Ann Davidoff

20150713_192802_resizedMerrill Milham & Ann Davidoff were living in Maryland when they began researching retirement communities.

“It took us 10 years to decide on a location for our retirement. We researched retirement communities from Maine to Oregon.” 

In search of a spot to escape the oppressive summer heat and humidity, they discovered Dirigo Pines in Orono. The fell in love with the natural landscaping, proximity to the University of Maine, the friendly town of Orono and the reasonable cost when compared to other retirement communities they visited. 

“We settled on Dirigo Pines, where we would be able to customize our cottage as it was being built for us. We were impressed by the skills of our builder and the ways in which we were able to adapt the features of our home to suit our lifestyle.”

Having built other homes in the past, they were very impressed with how easy it was at Dirigo Pines. They were happy that such a high level of customization was available when planning their cottage. They were able to fence their yard for their dogs, add a laundry room and adjust the size of different rooms.

The construction and maintenance staff have become like family to them. And they love taking advantage of free classes at the University, concerts at the Collins Center for the Arts, and activities at the New Balance Recreation Center. 

“We enjoy the Dirigo Pines nature trail, which connects to the Orono Land Trust trail system. Orono is an attractive, small, university town with locally owned restaurants and shops.”

Are you ready to discover Dirigo Pines? Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Meet Jim and Priscilla Keene

Dirigo-July-11.jpgAfter long and busy careers at the State University of New York at Stoneybrook in Long Island, NY, Jim and Priscilla Keene decided to retire in Maine.

“We were inspired by stunning ocean views and wanted the opportunity to really know our neighbors, something we had not been able to do when we were working. We purchased a mountain top home in Tremont and loved being a part of the year-round community on Mount Desert Island.”

But a desire to travel and difficulty finding a reliable caretaker for their home for extended periods, got the Keenes started on a search for a retirement community in the area. They desired a community with a focus on the natural beauty that brought them to Maine in the first place.

“Friends invited us to visit them at Dirigo Pines and they told us how happy they were living here. The staff were friendly and forthcoming with all the information we needed. We were able to select a cottage with a clear view of the lower pond. Most importantly for us, we were allowed to rent out our cottage until our house sold. This option enabled us to move on our timetable, without putting a strain on our finances.”

Are you ready to discover Dirigo Pines? Call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Meet John and Marisue Pickering

Wine-on-Patio-9-2012Longtime Orono residents John and Marisue Pickering moved to Dirigo Pines early in the development of retirement community, picking the location of their cottage before it was even built. Living near family and grandchildren was very important to them, as well as access to a major medical center and continuing to enjoy the services and events offered through the nearby University of Maine.

“We started planning in our mid-60’s. We knew we wanted to stay near the University of Maine. We wanted to be able to continue to attend performances at the Collins Center for the Arts, exhibits at the Hudson Museum, and classes at the New Balance Recreation Center. Living near a major medical center was also very important to us. Building a cottage at Dirigo Pines allowed us to continue all of our favorite activities, stay near our friends and grandchildren, and have a home that would be easier to live in and maintain as we grow older.”

As they considered the modifications and repairs that would be needed for their house, including a new roof, new garage, and an additional bathroom on the main living level of their home, the numbers started adding up. Comparing those expenses with the cost of building a cottage at Dirigo Pines, they discovered that their monthly budget would only increase slightly and they would have the added benefit of a more appropriately sized, single story home in case mobility ever became an issue in the future.

“When we sat down to look at our budget, we were happy to discover that a cottage at Dirigo Pines was only slightly more expensive than the cost of the changes needed to make to our single family home workable as we aged,” said the Pickerings.

Are you ready to discover Dirigo Pines? Call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.