About Greater Portland

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Simply stated, Maine is an exceptional area to live.  The economy is steady, our communities are safe, there is a sophisticated cultural atmosphere, excellent educational opportunities abound and of course the ocean, lakes and mountains are always nearby. Southern Maine, especially the greater Portland area, offers a unique mix of small towns and urban living.

When it comes to real estate options, although each town is different, there is a unifying theme – a strong sense of community, a commitment to education and housing alternatives aimed to satisfy all buyers. If you are new to the Maine housing market, you will find a wide range of condo, single-family homes, multi-family properties and retirement communities.

With a year round population of over 240,000, the greater Portland area is home to approximately 20% of Maine’s total population and non-seasonal workforce. Cumberland County, which includes the towns and cities of Portland, Falmouth, South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, Freeport, Westbrook, Gorham and Windham (among others) is the business and financial hub of the state and represents the largest segment of its economy.

The greater Portland area, and the city of Portland itself, have ranked consistently high by many national survey and polls.  In its 2009 survey, Forbes included Portland in its list of the top 10 places to live in the United States.  Other national accolades and awards are proof positive that the Portland area is having great success in creating a desirable environment to live, work and relax.

Comprehensive Community Resources

Below you will find a brief overview of Southern Maine towns, with more comprehensive information available at our website.


Portland</a> is the cultural and business center of southern Maine.  Located along beautiful Casco Bay, the city combines a strong business community, a sophisticated cultural environment, excellent medical facilities and unique restaurants. The city provides banking facilities for all of northern New England and is home to many international law firms, trading companies and high-tech businesses.  It also well known as one of the few remaining working waterfronts in the United States, and features a mixture of business and residential options along the harbor. Through out the city Portland offers a wide variety of housing options, ranging from historic in-town condos to tree-lined residential neighborhoods and communities.  In Portland, everything is a short drive away.

South Portland

South Portland is Maine’s second largest city and is well known for its business climate.  The city is host to the Maine Mall and well-known companies such as Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor and Wright Express.  The Portland Jetport is also located within the city limits. South Portland has an interesting history and played an important role in WWII.  Liberty Ships were constructed in what was then a vibrant shipbuilding industry. Today, the economy is focus on business, primarily retail. Real Estate options are varied in South Portland and there are many opportunities to own waterfront property along the city’s coast.  There is also easy access to many local parks and beaches.

Cape Elizabeth

Cape Elizabeth is a bedroom community that features the dramatic Maine coast, rolling hills, marsh views and cozy residential neighborhoods. It is also home to  Fort Williams State Park, which includes Portland Head Light – the first operational lighthouse in the United States. A drive along “Shore Rd” is clearly a Maine experience as impressive views of crashing serf, Casco Bay and rock cliffs can be seen in all directions. Crescent Beach State Park is located along RT 77 and is easily accessible even during the busy summer months.  Most people who live in Cape Elizabeth work in one of the nearby communities.


Falmouth is a growing residential and retail area of approximately 10,000 residents. The town can be divided into three distinct areas:  Falmouth Foreside, which stretches along the coast, is know for its elegant homes and cottages, many with views of the ocean;  East Falmouth, including the area along US 1, features many communities and subdivisions and it is hear that the Woodlands and Falmouth Country Clubs can be found.  West Falmouth is rural, rolling farmland with centuries-old homesteads. Recent population data indicates that Falmouth is the fourth-fastest growing town in Maine and its schools are ranked as some of the best in the state.


Scarborough is a diverse residential community and a thriving business destination. Geographically speaking, the city is quite large, stretching from the sandy beaches of Pine Point and Higgins Beach all the way across the largest salt marsh in Maine to rural West Scarborough. The fifty-four square mile town contains six distinct villages. Scarborough is Maine’s second fastest growing community with 36 percent residential growth in the past 10 years. Recent new house and condominium construction has given the town’s 18,000 residents plenty to choose from when the time comes to find a home.  Scarborough is committed to education as evidenced by its investment in new school infrastructure.

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Along with my wife and partner Laura, we moved to Maine in 2000, after living in many areas of the United States & Europe, including NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and Belgium. We love Portland and are proud to call it home. Our passion is real estate, and we currently own the company Maine Home Connection, providing personalized online home buying & selling services.

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