Once you have decided to relocate in Southern Maine the next big question is “Where do I live?” Part of finding the perfect home is finding the right location. Every neighborhood and home for sale in the Greater Portland and Southern Maine region offers unique character and opportunity. Below are brief overviews on some of the various regions we cover.

Cape Elizabeth Maine Real Estate and Neighborhood Overview

Beautiful Cape Elizabeth extends 12 miles to the open ocean and is rimmed with sandy beaches and ragged shores lining the Casco Bay. The overall area is roughly 15 square miles. A 2000 census figure puts the population just over 9000. Cape Elizabeth continues to draw visitors because of its preserved rural feel and its limited commercial development. Most of the commercial business lies along the shores. Gardeners will also enjoying the longest growing season in the state. The town does not have a large growth rate but may have a large housing turnover in the next ten years due to an elderly population of 16% being 65 years and older.

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Demographics, Population, and Income

Demographics of Cape Elizabeth show that 97 percent of the population is white. There has been a slow growth rate of 2% since 1990 in this city. 16% of the population is age 65 or older, with the average age in this community being 43. This means a large housing turnover could take place in the next ten years. There are more households that do not contain school age than those that do. Families represent 74 percent of the population.

Schools

The students of the Cape Elizabeth school system typically rank highest in the state of Maine. The Cape Elizabeth School Department’s website can be found at https://www.cape.k12.me.us/

Cape Elizabeth High School is a public school that consists of 600 students. It offers college preparatory, vocational and special education for all students. The school’s facilities include a large gymnasium and a six-lane, 25 yard pool. Outdoor facilities include tennis courts, baseball, softball and multi-purpose fields. There is also a 6 lane track surrounding the soccer field. In 2004 Cape Elizabeth High School received the Blue Ribbon School Award due to the student’s high scores in mathematics and reading for Maine state tests. The school complex was built in 1969, renovated in 2005-06. The average class size is 22 students. The school offers many extracurricular activities including clubs, groups, athletics and arts.

Cape Elizabeth Middle School offers courses for students in grade 5-8. An extensive interscholastic and extracurricular program is offered throughout the school year. Fifth grade students are introduced to band instruments and to the choral program. For those interested in the seventh and eighth grade sports program, plenty of choices exist. Students are also offered choices with Community Services programming. The entire building complex underwent a major renovation/new building project completed in 1995.

At the Pond Cove Elementary School specialists for physical education, art, music, speech therapists, special education and counseling services, resource teachers and the media center director serve a wide range of pupil needs. Recent changes in curriculum reflect developmental early childhood philosophy. Classes at Pond Cove are kept small to encourage personal and supportive teacher/student interaction. Students are offered the opportunity to learn French or Spanish once they reach the third grade.

Attractions in Cape Elizabeth

Portland Head Light is the most photographed lighthouse in the world: https://www.portlandheadlight.com/park.html
Alewives Brook Farm: https://www.alewivesbrookfarm.com/ Crescent Beach State Park: https://www.state.me.us/cgi-bin/doc/parks/find_one_name.pl?park_id=4
Two Lights State Park: https://www.state.me.us/cgi-bin/doc/parks/find_one_name.pl?park_id=28
Purpoodock Golf Club: https://www.purpoodock.com/Club/Scripts/Home/home.asp
Thomas Memorial Library: https://www.thomasmemoriallibrary.org/

Events in Cape Elizabeth:

Cape Elizabeth Family Fun Day: Held at Fort Williams during the end of June each year, Family Fun Day is a day of fun, with games, food, music, and an exciting fireworks display for people of all ages.

Beach to Beacon 10K: Joan Benoit Samuelson, the winner of the Women’s Olympic Marathon in 1984, was raised in Cape Elizabeth. Now retired from running, she conducts the annual Beach to Beacon road race every spring.

Art in the Park: Every Labor Day weekend Fort Williams Park is transformed into a gallery of paintings and other artwork. The show is a display of various styles, artists, and local talent.

Shopping and Restaurants in Cape Elizabeth Maine

Some of Cape Elizabeth’s top retail stores include Ann VeronicaNora Nora– Irish Goods, . Restaurants in this town include The Good TableSea Glass Restaurant at The Inn By The Sea, Kettle Cove Take-OutThe Lobster Shack at Two LightsRudy’s of the Cape.

Falmouth Maine Real Estate and Neighborhood Overview

Falmouth, Maine is located north of Portland along the coast of Casco Bay. There are many options for attractions and recreational activities along and into the bay. Falmouth has small town appeal with access to the larger city of Portland. The housing market is one of the strongest in Southern Maine with excellent resale value and options to choose from for the most discerning Maine home buyer.

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Demographics, Population, and Income

Falmouth’s population is around 11,000 people and the city covers approximately 32 square miles of land. The demographics of Falmouth show that 97 percent of the population is white. The median age in this city is 40. Families represent about 72 percent of the population in this area.

Schools

Children in grades K-2 attend Lunt School. Grades 3-4 are held at Plummer-Motz School. Middle school consists of grades 5-8. Currently, about 745 students attend Falmouth Middle School. Grades 9-12 are held at Falmouth High School. More information for each of the schools in Falmouth Maine can be found at https://www.falmouthschools.org. Falmouth’s schools are rated as one of the best in the State and all services are provided by the town for grades K-12.

Attractions in Falmouth

Things to do in Falmouth include visiting the local harbor and the town landing. There are both indoor and outdoor ice skating facilities, and three golf courses in Falmouth. There are also various parks and recreation facilities in Falmouth. Access to islands in Casco Bay is available through Falmouth. Located on the coast of Casco Bay gives many other opportunities for recreation in the area.

Shopping and Restaurants in Falmouth Maine

Some well known restaurants in Falmouth are the Falmouth Sea Grill, O’naturals, Falmouth House of Pizza, Ricetta’s Brickoven Pizzeria, and Patti’s Restaurant. Places to shop include JcPenney’s, Waldo’s General Store, and Walmart.

Portland Maine Real Estate and Neighborhood Overview

Portland is the largest city in Maine. It is the state’s business, financial and retail capital. This city is full of entertainment opportunities, and recreation ideas. Activities for all ages and leisurely pursuits can be found around the town. Portland is New England’s largest tonnage seaport and second largest fishing port. Portland is also the second largest oil port on the east coast and is the largest foreign inbound transit tonnage port in the United States. The housing markets within the city offer great opportunity for first time home buyers, be it an intown condo or a wonderful single family home in a quiet suburban neighborhood.

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Demographics, Population, and Income

Portland hosts a population of about 66,000 people. The median age of people in Portland is 38 years. 88 percent of the population is White, with 4 percent being Asian and 3 percent being Black. 60 percent of the population is single with no children. The average household income is about 40,609 dollars.

Schools

Cliff Island School- grades K-5
Fred P. Hall School- grades K-5
Harrison Lyseth Elementary School- grades K-5
Howard C. Reiche Community School- grades K-5
Longfellow School- grades K-5
Marada Adams School- grades K-5
Nathan Clifford School- grades K-5
Peaks Island School- grades K-5
Presumpscot School- grades K-5
Riverton School- grades K-5

King Middle School- grades six 6-8
Lincoln Middle School- grades 6-8
Lyman Moore Middle School- grades 6-8

Casco Bay School- Grades 9-12
Deering High School- grades 9-12
Portland Arts and Technology High School- grades 9-12
Portland High School- grades 9-12

More Information about each public school can be found at https://www.portlandschools.org/Pages/Schools/Schools3.html

Portland Maine Recreation

There is a 3.5 mile trail that follows the shore of Back Bay, a tidal basin in Portland. This trail is often occupied by runners, walkers, bikers and occasionally rollerbladers. Casco Bay Lines connects Portland to six different islands out of Casco Bay. They also offer scenic cruises, summer time music cruises, private charters and lobster bakes. The Maine State Pier hosts the annual Baystock Music Festival, where top recording artists perform every year. The Cumberland County Civic Center is also home of the Portland Pirates hockey team, the soon to be Maine Red Claws basketball team and where a variety of other concerts and trade shows take place. Hadlock Field is home of the Portland Sea Dogs, a AAA baseball team that is an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

Portland Maine Entertainment

The city of Portland offers a free concert series during the summer months. The series is called Alive at Five and starts at 5 o’clock pm on Thursday nights at Monument Square. The Maine Songwriters Association also puts on a weekday concert series. These performances take place at noon every Friday in various parks in Portland. Music is only one of the arts that this city exhibits. Portland has been ranked number 7 of 100 Best Art Towns in America. There are a large number of studios, galleries and other places exhibiting art around the town. A weekday Performance series also takes place on Tuesday’s at noon in parks around the city. These include shows of music, dancing, magic and more! The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine sponsors Kids Activity Day during Wednesday’s in the month of July. For an hour every Wednesday children can listen to a story and then make crafts that go along with the book. The summer months are not the only time for outdoor entertainment in the city. During the winter months parks host outdoor skating arenas. Maine Brewers Festival, where Maine Breweries bring their micro brews for ticket buyers to sample takes place at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Another spot for entertainment in Portland is the Comedy Connection. This comedy club is where Maine comedian Bob Marley often performs.

Portland Maine Old Port

Old Port is Portland’s historical waterfront district and is known for its shopping, dinning and entertainment. The cobblestone streets in Old Port take you past unique shops, delicious lobster serving restaurants and exciting places for a night scene that you will not forget. Every year in June, the Old Port Festival takes place in Portland. This is Maine’s largest one day festival. The festival features music, arts and crafts, food, shopping and fun.

Scarborough Maine Real Estate and Neighborhood Overview

The town of Scarborough is a family oriented community of almost 20,000 residents and is one of the fastest growing communities in the State of Maine, a premier community for families and businesses and a destination for outdoors enthusiasts. Scarborough is a coastal resort area and isn’t far from PortlandSouth Portland, or Westbrook.

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Demographics, Population, and Income

Scarborough consists of a population of about 20,000 people. In 2000, the US census provided that the median household income in Scarborough was just over $56,000 and the average age is 39 years old.

Schools

Located on the scenic coast of southern Maine, six miles southwest of Portland, Scarborough Schools provide services to students from kindergarten to adult education practicing its philosophy of offering quality education for all eligible members of the community. Students learn in a positive atmosphere where dedicated educators strive to meet individual student needs throughout the school year and beyond.

Learning begins for students in kindergarten through second grade at one of three primary schools; Blue Point, Pleasant Hill, and Eight Corners. Wentworth Intermediate School fosters understanding for children in grades 3 through 5, preparing them for the academic and social programs that await them at Scarborough Middle School (grades 6-8). Scarborough High School offers courses and activities to students in grades 9-12, with one of the largest academic, athletic, and co-curricular programs in Maine. More information about the Scarborough school disctrict can be found on their Web site at https://www.scarborough.k12.me.us/

Area Entertainment, Beaches, Recreation in Scarborough

Ferry Beach and Western Beach are neighboring beaches which together make up about 5,000 feet of beachfront land. Pine Point Beach is also located in Scarborough and can be seen from across the bay from Ferry Beach.

Scarborough also has many parks and recreation areas. Some of these include Memorial park, Scarborough River Wildlife Sanctuary, Springbrook Park, Jennie and Issac E. Wiley Recreation Area and Peterson Field. More information about each of these parks can be found at https://www.scarborough.me.us/commserv/documents/parks/index.html

The Scarborough Marsh is another spot for recreation. It is 3100 acres of preserved land and home to various forms of wildlife. For more information on canoeing, exploring trails and much more go to their Web site.

Shopping and Restaurants in Scarborough Maine

In addition to Scarborough’s close proximity to Portland, there is a variety of venues for entertainment in Scarborough. Play in the arcade; go to the café and go-karting all at Maine Indoor Karting. See a Play at Good Theater or enjoy a game of golf at one of four golf courses in Scarborough. Dine out at Clambake Seafood Restaurant, Anjon’s Italian Restaurant, Dimitri’s Restaurant for Greek inspired food and atmosphere, Bayley’s Seafood Restaurant or chose from an assortment of other restaurants in the Scarborough area. The main shopping center for residents in Scarborough is the Main Mall which is located in South Portland and is approximately a ten minute drive away.

South Portland Maine Real Estate and Neighborhood Overview

South Portland is a coastal city located in southern Maine. This unique city feels like two cities in one with one half encompassing most of its commercial and industrial space and the second comprising the community college, multiple parks, beaches, a busy marina and the second busiest oil port on the East coast. The city’s close proximity to the interstate and the jetport make it a convenient destination. South Portland started as a mostly residential city but quickly turned industrial when it became a shipyard for building cargo ships for Great Britain. Still today, South Portland continues to be a heavy source of Maine employment with large companies such as National Semiconductor, Anthem Blue Cross, and Wright Express all located within its limits.

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Demographics, Population, and Income

South Portland consists of a population of 23,300 people. 95 percent of the population is White. The average income in South Portland is $49,743, compared to the United States average of $60,374. The city encompasses 12.93 miles of land along the coast of southern Maine. The median age for residents in South Portland is 42.2, which is older than the average age in the United States. Families represent 60 percent of the population.

Schools

South Portland School Department consists of five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. There is also a community college located in South Portland. More information about each of the schools in the South Portland School Department can be found at https://www.spsd.org/schools.php. More information about Southern Maine Community College can be found at https://www.smccme.edu

Area Entertainment, Beaches, Recreation in South Portland

Shopping is just one of the many highlights in South Portland. Due to its large volume of commercial property, the South Portland Parks and Recreation is able to provide residents with many outdoor facilities. Locals enjoy the area golf courses, beaches, park lands, and walking trails. Willard Beach in South Portland is among some of Mainer’s favorite beaches. Two beautiful lighthouses exist in South Portland, the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, and the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, and make excellent places to visit any time of the year.

Shopping and Restaurants

You’ll find many shopping opportunities in South Portland. Within its 1.2 million square feet of retail space, there are more than a hundred stores located at the Maine Mall, with other major retailers branching out from there. South Portland is also a great place to go out for dinner. Restaurants in the South Portland area include Beale Street Barbeque, Sebago Brewing CO., Salt Water Grille, multiple pizzerias, and Bridgeway Restaurant.

South Portland is home to the Maine Mall, providing shopping, entertainment and dining. More information, including a store directory can be found on the Maine Mall’s Web site.

Westbrook Maine Real Estate and Neighborhood Overview

Westbrook is a city in Southern Maine located just west of Portland, ME, with a population of about 16,000 people. There are many opportunities to help families with child care in this community. Many before and after school programs and also summer programs for child care exist here. Summer activities for children are available in a variety of sports programs run by the city. Westbrook is a family and community oriented city with easy accessibility to the larger neighboring city of Portland.

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Demographics, Population, and Income

Westbrook consists of a population of 16,100 people. It is located just west of Portland. The population of Westbrook is 96 percent white. Close to 30 percent of houses contain children in this area. 46 percent of households have married couples living in them. The median age in Westbrook is 38 years. The median income for households in this city is about 37,000 dollars, and the median income for a family is about 47,000 dollars

Schools

Schools in the city of Westbrook include two schools with classes from kindergarten through second grade. There are two more schools which include grades three through five. One high school and one regional vocational school are also located here. Westbrook High School is a comprehensive four year public school and has 771 students currently enrolled. More information about each school in the Westbrook School District can be found at https://www.westbrookschools.org/Schools/1schools.htm

Attractions in Westbrook

The city of Westbrook has many summer camps and athletic opportunities for children in the community. There are sports camps for activities including soccer, tennis, swimming, basketball, track and field, wrestling, and football during summer vacation. Adult reading programs and senior citizen swim programs are also available. Concerts in the park are often held during the summer months. A variety of times for child care programs and before and after school programs are offered in Westbrook.

Shopping and Restaurants in Westbrook Maine

Some popular restaurants in Westbrook include Skybox Bar and Grill, Casa Novello, Severinos Variety, Pizza Time Westbrook, and The Bakers Bench. Stores found in Westbrook include The Alterations Shop, The Transmission Shop, Roy’s Shoe Shop, Jordan’s Luggage Shop, Pick & Paint Pottery Shop, Clays Simoniz Shop, Brazier’s Barber Shop, and Triple Play Sports Card Shop.

Yarmouth Maine Real Estate and Neighborhood Overview

The town of Yarmouth prides itself on being a New England town with old homes and small businesses. Yarmouth is located along the beautiful Royal River and has a commercial base along US Route One. With a variety of shops and restaurants in Yarmouth, the much larger city of Portland is easily accessible located only ten miles Southwest of Yarmouth.

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Demographics, Population, and Income

Yarmouth consists of a population of about 8,300 people. In 2000, the US census provided that the median household income in Yarmouth was just over $72,000 and the average age is 40 years old.

Schools

Yarmouth School District is made up of four public schools. The William H. Rowe School serves young children in kindergarten and first grade. This school is dedicated to educating young children and adequately prepares them for Yarmouth Elementary School for grades two through four. Harrison Middle School educates 442 students grades five through eight. 490 students between ninth and twelfth grade study at Yarmouth High School and 90 percent of those students continue on to higher education after their time here. More information about each of the four public schools in Yarmouth can be found at https://district.yarmouth.k12.me.us/Pages/index. There is also one private school that is found in Yarmouth. North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is a co-ed college-preparatory school with 300 students currently enrolled.

Attractions in Yarmouth

Outdoor activities are plentiful in Yarmouth. Royal River Park located in the center of town offers many scenic walking trails and picnic spots along its 40 acres of land. There is also a performance area where live music takes place for free over the summer months. The Beth Condon Memorial Pathway starts on Portland Street and follows US Route One It then joins the Royal River walkway and ends at Forest Falls Drive. The pathway provides safe and easy access to the variety of shops and businesses along US Route One. Pratt’s Brook Park encompasses 220 acres of woods, within which are seven miles of trails for walking and cross country skiing. The newest addition to Yarmouth’s park system is the Bayview Estuary Preserve which is made up of 35 acres of undeveloped land along the Royal River. Here there is almost a half-mile of river frontage, forested uplands and salt and freshwater wetlands. The Toddy Brook Golf Course located in North Yarmouth is also a great place for outdoor recreation.

Shopping and Restaurants in Yarmouth Maine

Shops in Yarmouth include Maine Cottage Furniture, DeLorme’s Map Store, Little Sweet Peas, Casablanca Couture Studio, and Estabrook Farms and Greenhouses. Some of the most popular restaurants in Yarmouth are China Rose Restaurant, Royal River Grillhouse, Azure Café, Fat Boy Drive In, Bruce’s Burritos, Gritty Mc Duff’s, Buck’s Naked BBQ, and the Great Lost Bear.