Initiated in the early 1980s and occupying some forty-three acres overlooking the Royal River in Yarmouth, Maine, sixty five residential condominium units now comprise the development. No additional units will be built. The private roads are flat and screened from the neighbors.
Starting with three basic models (ranging from 1,800 to 2,100 square feet) many of the units have been modified (“personalized”) internally over the years. Nearly half are all on one floor with the rest being two stories – 20% have two garages – all have “enormous” basements. Every unit either has or has the “potential” for at least three bedrooms as well as two or more bathrooms.
The “Common” areas include considerable “open space” a large swimming pool (with accompanying pool house), hard surfaced tennis court, community gardens and a substantial private area for storage of boats and recreational vehicles.
The community is owned by the residents and governed by a seven person Board of Directors elected by the unit owners. All Board members must be resident owners. They oversee the work of numerous vendors who care for the grounds, remove the snow, paint the buildings, make necessary (and planned) repairs/replacements as well as all the other “trades” required to maintain a top flight operation.
Residents pay monthly maintenance fees ($420 as of June 2013) determined by the Board. Assessments have been imposed in response to abnormal expenses resulting from unusual weather related events. These fees enable the Board to satisfy the majority of on-going residential needs while also anticipating future major expenses reflecting predictable costs contained within an annually revised 25 year Long Range Plan.
There are no age restrictions for ownership, but for the most part the residents are retired; the majority having spent their working lives outside of Maine. Roughly 25% have other homes either here in Maine or elsewhere. At the moment there are no school age children living in the community but grandchildren become noticeably conspicuous during summer and holiday periods. The residents develop their own amusements and there is little, if any, “Association” directed recreational programming.
BCCA is a pet-friendly community (with a few restrictions regarding numbers).