Discover The Yorks
The Yorks, as they are known by those from the area, are the four distinct regions of the community. Each has its own characteristics, and is represented by its own unique zip code. Each is also home to its own United States Post Office. Town offered utilities, including public water and public sewer are available in some, but not all regions of town, nor are they consistently available within a region. If town offered utilities are important to you, contact Cindy McKenna at 207-752-1252 for more information.
If you are looking for more of an interactive perspective of The Yorks, be aware I have recently introduced Southern Maine's first Seacoast Community Message Board forum. Overtime, and as news spreads, I anticipate this becoming a great source of information for locals, business owners, people new to the area, as well as infrequent visitors. Give it a try! And don't forget to bookmark it for future reference. In order to post messages, you will need to register. It's simple. Have fun with it!
York Village, located on the east side of Route 1 has its most recognized landmark as the First Parish Church. York Village is in the heart of the York Community. It is located just off Route 1, and interstate 95. It is home to the town hall offices, schools, library, athletic fields and the year round commerce of the town including the Route 1 business district. Historic York, in the heart of York Village is home to many original buildings dating back to the 1600's. The buildings which are maintained by the York Historical Society include the Old Gaol built in 1719, the John Hancock Wharf which was owned by John Hancock from 1787-1793, and the Old School House among others. York is also home to York Golf and Tennis Club, a private 18 hole golf course along the York River. The York River, a salt water tidal river, which extends from York Harbor to more than two miles west of Route 95, boasts many beautiful homes and neighborhoods along the river which offers boating, kayaking and fishing enthusiasts many rewards. New construction tends to be a more available option in York (as well as Cape Neddick) due to the availability of undeveloped land.
York also consists of a large region west of route 95 along Route 91 leading toward the Berwicks, as well as south along Route 1 toward Kittery. Many homes in each of these regions are more in line with a first time home buyer's budget. York is also home to many affordable neighborhoods off Chase's Pond road heading toward Mount Agamenticus. At the peak of Mount Agamenticus is a popular look out with panoramic ocean views ranging from the Isles of Shoals off Portsmouth, N.H. all the way up to Kennebunkport Maine. The Ledges, an 18 hole golf course in the western most area of York just off Route 91 welcomes the public.
York's postal zip code is 03909.
York Harbor is well recognized for the prestigious multi-million dollar waterfront homes and accommodations including the York Harbor Inn, and the Stage Neck Inn, both with panoramic views of the coastline of York Harbor. York Harbor is also home to Harbor Beach with easy walking access along the York River, the fisherman's walk and the wiggly bridge. Resident parking permits provide convenient beach parking, since there is no metered parking available. Given this, Harbor Beach tends to be more popular with year round residents.
Homes within the region of York Harbor extend back one or two blocks from the coastline, and also include waterfront homes, many with private docks along the York River. York Harbor has an abundance of homes with magnificent views overlooking York Harbor and its many recreational and commercial lobster boats. Homes directly on the Atlantic Ocean are afforded panoramic views of Kennebunkport, Boon Island, and the Isles of Shoals.
Although not as well known, York Harbor is plentiful in condominiums which offer an alternative entry price in some of the finest neighborhoods. Many former sea Captain's homes have been renovated and converted into condominiums. Many of these are surprisingly affordable, but tend to sell quickly which is why it is important for one to be working with a REALTOR®. Property value in York Harbor can range between the mid 200's for condominiums to well into the millions for water front homes.
York's Harbor is federally funded, hence residency is not a requirement in order to obtain a mooring assignment. Separate waiting lists do exist for both power & sail. Availability is on a first come basis. Application for a mooring along with a $50 fee will enable you to have you name placed on the waiting list. Length of vessel may have some effect on the wait. The complete harbor ordinance can be found here York Harbor is also home to the Rachael Carlson National Wildlife Refuge
York Harbor extends south along Route 103 toward Kittery Point, and north along Route 1A approximately 1 mile beyond Harbor Beach.
York Harbor's postal zip code is 03911.
York Beach is what most people envision when they think of York. The most notable point of
reference for tourists and mariners a like is Nubble Light House, also known as Cape Neddick Light. Equally famous are Brown's Ice Cream and
York Beach is an extremely popular family beach area. It is made up of both the Long Sands Beach area and also Short Sands Beach. Metered parking is available at either beach for day visitors, and permitted parking is available for residents anywhere along Long Sands beach, as well as Short Sands beach at the ball park.
York Beach has undergone a transformation over the past 10 years as many home owners have transformed their once seasonal property into year-round dwellings. The availability of land for new construction has been the primary catalyst in this transformation, as well as the increased valuation for existing homes. Although both beach areas are vibrant in the summer months, they are very quiet beginning in the late fall until early March. Long and Short Sands beaches each have unique characteristics, with Short Sands being livelier during the summer in the evening due to the many restaurants and shops. The most recent changes to Short Sands include the renovation of what was once "Pop's Shell Shack", as well as a new banquet facility adjacent to The Union Bluff Hotel. There will undoubtedly be more changes and improvements to the Short Sands beach area as the re-development of what is currently York's Wild Kingdom takes place. Despite all the development a summer retreat can still be acquired at an affordable price.
York Beach runs slightly west of Ridge Rd, and east toward the Atlantic Ocean. It extends north along Route 1A just beyond the York Police department as you leave the Short Sands beach area.
York Beach's postal zip code is 03910.
Cape Neddick is exclusive to the northern region of York. Home to York's fourth beach, Cape Neddick is perhaps most well known for the scenic drive along the rocky coastline from the Cape Neddick beach north toward Perkins Cove in Ogunquit. Along this four mile stretch is one of the most panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean found anywhere. Majestic waterfront homes line the winding coast on the way toward the Cape Neddick Country Club and the Cliff House. Western Cape Neddick, on the opposite side of Route 95, like the western part of York is more of a country setting with homes on an abundance of acreage, often times at much more affordable prices.
Cape Neddick begins just north of the York Police Department, at the mouth of the Cape Neddick River and Cape Neddick Beach, and continues north into Ogunquit. It also extends west of interstate 95 and north toward Ogunquit.
Cape Neddick's postal zip code is 03902.
If you would like to know more about the Yorks, or any other seacoast community, give Cindy a call.