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Old 04-25-2012, 02:05 PM
 
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Hello! We are currently living in Missouri but my husband and I have not been pleased with the school system that our children are in so I have begun research on others. My husband would love to live in New England so I have been trying to learn more about those schools. We would love to know more about Falmouth, Yarmouth and Cape Elizabeth towns and also their school system.

Also....Would we be able to live off of $95,000/year comfortably?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Hello! We are currently living in Missouri but my husband and I have not been pleased with the school system that our children are in so I have begun research on others. My husband would love to live in New England so I have been trying to learn more about those schools. We would love to know more about Falmouth, Yarmouth and Cape Elizabeth towns and also their school system.

Also....Would we be able to live off of $95,000/year comfortably?

Thanks in advance for your help!
There are a number of threads here that discuss these school systems, so I'll just address the "live off $95,000/year..." part. These are all expensive towns to live in (if not the most expensive in Maine). Of course, how easily you could live in each one depends about how much you are paying towards your house each month. But, Cape Elizabeth would be the most expensive, with Falmouth closely following it. Yarmouth would be the least expensive of the three (which isn't saying much btw).
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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Well, it depends on your definition of "comfortably." Many people who live in Maine year round live on A LOT less than $95,000 a year, but they don't all live in Falmouth, Yarmouth, or Cape Elizabeth. Most posters recommend renting for a year to get a feel for the area. Here's a link that will give you an idea of home prices and craig's list Maine will give you an idea about rentals. Cape Elizabeth Real Estate & Cape Elizabeth Homes For Sale — Trulia.com

maine apts/housing for rent classifieds "cape elizabeth" - craigslist

The topics of Falmouth, Yarmouth, and Cape Elizabeth as towns and the schools have been brought up numerous times in the past few years--lots of info posted. You could type in Falmouth, Maine schools under "Search threads" and go from there. The concensus is that they are all very good schools/school systems and wonderful, picturesque towns to live in. (and as bangorme has said, three of the most expensive places to live in Maine)

You could download Google Earth and take a virtual tour of each town. Google Earth
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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Hello! We are currently living in Missouri but my husband and I have not been pleased with the school system that our children are in so I have begun research on others. My husband would love to live in New England so I have been trying to learn more about those schools. We would love to know more about Falmouth, Yarmouth and Cape Elizabeth towns and also their school system.

Also....Would we be able to live off of $95,000/year comfortably?

Thanks in advance for your help!
As a licensed real estate agent, I can't comment on the schools part, but as others have mentioned, there are many threads here at City-Data as well as other web sites that I send my clients to.

As for the $95,000 question, that is going to depend upon the house you buy and how much you put down. If you buy a high priced home with little equity to start, your mortgage (made up of principal, interest, taxes and insurance) is going to be higher than if you were to put a sizable chunk down and/or bought a less expensive home. Of those three towns, only Falmouth has trash delivery (yellow bags) included in your property taxes, the others you will have to contract for or bring your stuff to the dump.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:37 AM
 
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Thank you for all of your help! I will continue to read the threads on here to get more info about each town. Are there towns that are within 15-20 minutes of Falmouth, Yarmouth or Cape Elizabeth that you would recommend?

We appreciate your help with this!
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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I couldn't afford to live in Falmouth, Yarmouth or Cape Elizabeth when I returned to Maine the first time and chose to live in Brunswick. Nice college town with a quaint downtown shopping district. Easy commute to Portland, but also has most of the bigger stores in the immediate area. I can't really talk about the schools though because I didn't have kids at that age when I lived there about five years ago.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:06 AM
 
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I couldn't afford to live in Falmouth, Yarmouth or Cape Elizabeth when I returned to Maine the first time and chose to live in Brunswick. Nice college town with a quaint downtown shopping district. Easy commute to Portland, but also has most of the bigger stores in the immediate area. I can't really talk about the schools though because I didn't have kids at that age when I lived there about five years ago.
We are interested in the towns that I listed due to the schools. However I have been applying to those school districts so if I get a job in one of them, it wouldn't matter where we live because my children could attend the school....actually, I need to double-check on that to see if they have this as an employee perk like they do here.

I will definitely check into Brunswick! Thank you for the suggestion.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:20 AM
 
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If you have to work for a living, where you get the job makes many of the other decisions for you.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I couldn't afford to live in Falmouth, Yarmouth or Cape Elizabeth when I returned to Maine the first time and chose to live in Brunswick. Nice college town with a quaint downtown shopping district. Easy commute to Portland, but also has most of the bigger stores in the immediate area. I can't really talk about the schools though because I didn't have kids at that age when I lived there about five years ago.
My take on Brunswick schools:

Elementary schools are quite good.

Junior high ... not so much. Of all the teachers my kids had at BJHS, I can remember two who actually seemed to like their jobs and like the kids.

High school ... academics are great. Facility is great. Teachers are very good. No gang issues or anything like that, but casual drug use is a problem. All dances for the 2011-2012 (with the exception of prom) were cancelled, because at the 2011 prom, a few kids were having public sex. It's not like all the kids are a problem at BHS. Most are great kids. But administration seems to have a problem controlling the handful of problem kids who make life miserable for everyone.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:17 AM
 
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Thank you all for your help! We are still considering these areas, but also wondering what you can tell us about Cumberland schools.

Thanks again!
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