Overview of Wells Maine

General information on Wells, Maine

Wells is a beautiful coastal community with a lot to offer. Located just south of Kennebunkport and just over 30 min south of Portland, the green estuaries along the Atlantic as well as the sandy beaches provide a great platform on which to spend days of recreation under the sun. Most real estate options in Wells showcase the beauty of the area, whether its along the choppy waters, or inland among the thriving fauna and flora, there is real estate to suit anyone's needs. There are many options for buyers, wheater they are looking for waterfront property, investment real estate, or inland farmland. 

Southern Maine is a great place to buy a home. With so much to offer from the sea to the forest, snatching up real estate in Kennebunkport, or Ogunquit is never a bad move. Wheater you buying for you summer needs, or looking to stay a lifetime, Maine is a wonderful option.

The Abenaki Indians called the area Webhannet, meaning "at the clear stream", a reference to the Webhannet River. In 1622, the Plymouth Company in England awarded to Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Lord Proprietor of Maine, territory which included the Plantation of Wells. His young cousin, Thomas Gorges, acting as deputy and agent, in 1641 granted to Rev. John Wheelwright and other settlers from Exeter, New Hampshire the right to populate the land from northeast of the Ogunquit River to southwest of the Kennebunk River.

Following the death of the elder Gorges in 1647, the Massachusetts Bay Colony laid claim to Maine. In 1653, Wells was incorporated as the third town in Maine. It was named after Wells, England, a small cathedral city in the county of Somerset. It then included properties in Kennebunk, set off the year Maine became a state in 1820, and Ogunquit, designated a village within Wells by the legislature in 1913, then set off in 1980.


Wells Historical Housing Statistics

The Wells, Maine Real Estate market for residential real estate saw a total of 248 residential homes and condos sell in 2012 compared with 191 in 2011. The median sales price in 2012 was $284,000 compared with $257,000 in 2011. Those browsing prices in Wells should also check out homes for sale in York or Kennebunkport.

Wells Housing Data

# Sold248191%
Median Price28425711%

Transaction Volume

Number of Properties in Wells


Historical Median Sold Housing prices in Wells

Wells Schools and Education Overview

Education Overview for Wells

Wells is a part of the Wells-Ogunquit Community School District (WOCSD) along with Ogunquit. "The Wells-Ogunquit C.S.D. commits to ensuring that each scholar develops the social, academic, critical and creative thinking skills necessary to meet with success in college, career, citizenship and life. The responsibility for education is shared by student, family, school and community."


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Recreation in Wells, ME

Wells, ME Recreation Activities

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Sanctuary spans from Cape Elizabeth to Kittery with a large portion going through Wells. The sanctuary is part of a national initiative to provide untouched lands for migrating birds. Over 5,200 acres of land harbor hundreds of species of fowl as they make their way to destinations like Canada and Mexico. Even though the sanctuary's main concern is birds, it also provides a refuge for fox, tortoises, rabbits, and many more fascinating Maine animals. Many homes for sale in Wells are just moment from the sanctuary, perfect for avid and aspiring bird watchers.

You can find some of the best beaches in the state along Wells coast. The white sands and rolling dunes attract travelers and Mainers alike looking to relax along the changing tides. As buyers search for Southern Maine real estate, they cannot help but become enchanted by the sweeping views as fishing boats pull in their daily catches.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Merriland Farm Golf Course
Joshua’s Restaurant
Varanos Italian Restaurant
Fishermans Catch