Frequently Asked Questions

Are rentals available at Penobscot Shores?

We have a limited number of apartment rentals at Penobscot Shores. Renting is a wonderful way to determine if independent retirement community living is right for you. You may enjoy all the amenities at Penobscot Shores included in your monthly rent. It is also a great way to transition to Penobscot Shores while your home is on the market for sale. We are currently fully occupied but when apartments are available rental fees range from $2,650 – $3,500 per month including 20 meals per month for one person. For a second person, please add $320 for meals.

Please call or e-mail for details. 207-338-2332 or e-mail –

Can I bring my pets to Penobscot Shores?

Yes, we welcome your domestic pets! You may bring up to two (2) pets in Apartments and Cottages limited to dogs, cats, caged birds, hamsters, and gerbils. Dogs moving into the Ocean House should be under 35 lbs.

Do you have dining facilities?

At Penobscot Shores, we are fortunate to offer four-star dining in our Ocean House dining room boasting spectacular views. As a Resident of Penobscot Shores, you will soon discover that our chefs offer the very best in fine dining, a varied and imaginative menu, and superior service. Three talented chefs and our attentive wait staff make dinner an event!

We deliver dinner daily and due to the staffing shortage, seating in the dining room is only on Thursday and Friday with seating at 5:30 PM. We hope to return the dining room to daily service in the near future.

Do you have gardening at Penobscot Shores?

We are adding raised beds as the demand warrants for you to continue to enjoy gardening. Fresh flowers and vegetables are so wonderful to enjoy in the summer months.

Cottage residents may also plant flowers and shrubs in designated areas around their cottages as designated by the master landscaping plan.

Do you provide healthcare at Penobscot Shores?

Penobscot Shores is an oceanfront, independent living, retirement community. Health referral services are available via our partnership with Waldo County General Hospital’s Population Health team. They can provide blood pressure checks, assist in arranging healthcare appointments, and answer your questions related to health and welfare.

Residents may choose 24-hour monitoring through Medical Care Alert, engage private caregivers if necessary, and we have easy access to rehabilitation locations should the need arise. It is our goal to assist residents in remaining independent whenever possible.

Residents of our retirement community and their families rest easy knowing that Penobscot Shores is affiliated with Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH), a trusted name in quality healthcare since 1901.

WCGH is a network of healthcare providers offering a broad spectrum of services including primary care, home healthcare, acute hospital inpatient and outpatient care, and public health nursing. WCGH serves the healthcare needs of patients and their families throughout Waldo County.

Waldo County General Hospital is located on Northport Avenue, a very short distance from Penobscot Shores in Belfast. You can be sure the best care is merely minutes away.

What form of ownership will I have at Penobscot Shores?

As a consumer cooperative, members of the community will purchase stock in Penobscot Shores Association which is priced to reflect the individual value of their homes. The stock comes with a proprietary lease, which will give a decision-making role in the community, plus important home-ownership benefits. These benefits allow members to sell their present home and come into Penobscot Shores with the sale qualifying as a capital gain reinvestment.

What is included in your monthly fee?

Practically everything!

  • Property Taxes
  • Water and Sewer
  • Lawn mowing and landscaping of common areas
  • Cleaning of gutters as needed
  • Installation and removal of privately owned air conditioners
  • Outside painting and repair
  • Installation and removal of screens
  • Window washing on a scheduled basis
  • Boiler maintenance of all cottage residences
  • Snow removal
  • Trash pick-up twice a week; recycling pick-up once a week
  • Repair of all plumbing and electrical needs
  • Repair or replacement of all provided appliances
  • Master Insurance policy (owners pay for insurance on their personal property)
  • 24-Hour Emergency Response System Available
  • Patrol security after business hours
  • Healthcare resources available
  • Fitness Program three mornings each week
  • Scheduled entertainment by the Activities Committee: Speakers, performances, movies, video lecture series, social hours
  • Coffee and tea service available all-day
  • Scheduled van transportation to area appointments and shopping
  • Library available 24 hours a day with a 42” flat-screen TV and cable service
  • Heat is included in the monthly fee for Apartment Residents and individually controlled
What services do you provide?

Take full advantage of the available services at Penobscot Shores! Included are fine dining, scheduled health referral services, 24-hour emergency call monitoring, scheduled van transportation to appointments and shopping; fitness program; snow, trash, and zero sorts recycle removal; landscaping, and building maintenance and repair. The friendly, thoughtful Penobscot Shores staff will assist you in arranging additional services.

Where are you located?

In the small city of Belfast, Maine, directly on Penobscot Bay, you will find our community situated in a 20-acre meadow. With ample open space allowing direct ocean and meadow views, our cottages and apartments have exposure to natural vistas and light.

Directions: Route 1, just south of the by-pass into Downtown Belfast, directly across from the Irving gas station.