- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage and his wife, Ann, have bought a home in Boothbay where they intend to live after he leaves office. But they hope they won’t be moving in for another four years.

The couple, who sold their Waterville home when LePage was elected governor in 2010, had been looking for about 10 years for a home near the coast, nearly buying properties in Calais and Harrington before closing on the three-bedroom home in Boothbay on July 30, Ann LePage said Thursday.

“The coastline in the state of Maine: I don’t think there’s a prettier place in the United States,” she said.

They’ll continue to live in the Blaine House for as long as her husband is governor, she said. LePage is currently locked in a three-way race with independent Eliot Cutler and Democrat Mike Michaud.

The Lincoln County News reported that the Boothbay home’s assessed value is $355,000. But LePage told The Associated Press that they paid $215,000 for the foreclosure property. The 2-acre parcel isn’t on the water but has a right-of-way that provides access to the Damariscotta River.

Paul LePage enjoys woodworking, and he’ll be setting up a workshop in the home. But he won’t be able to do any improvements until after the November election, his wife said.

The property will eventually become a summer home for Ann LePage. She spends the winters in Florida to care for her mother, who has a skin condition called scleroderma.

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