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Old 06-26-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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Husband has a job offer in Maine. And we are looking into the following places to live, Yarmouth,Portland,Brunswick ,Westbrook . Any other suggestions would be great and info on schools, We have kids in elementary,middle and highschool . And any kid and dog friendly things/ places to go and do would be great.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:53 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Maine is dog and kid friendly. You don't give enough information to make suggestions. Where will he be working? Are you thinking of buying a home or renting? If you give more information....I am sure folks can give you more information.
Good Luck.
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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That area is the most densely populated in Maine 50% of Maine's residents live within 50 miles of Portland and half of that area is water. Despite the relatively high population density when compared to the rest of Maine, there is a country feel to many towns close to Portland.

Maine is a highly taxed state. We have been #1 in tax burden per capita income and remain at or near first pl;ace. It is prudent to shop for a home in a low tax rate town. There are towns with elected officials who are thrifty. Some of those towns tuition their kids to neighboring towns. As you can see from my handle, I'm a long way from Portland, but I do get down there from time to time.

There are many decent homes in Maine for sale as foreclosures. Shop around. You'll be surprised at the prices.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Out of the towns you've listed I personally like Yarmouth the most and home prices are reasonable. Falmouth is a bit more expensive but it is very pretty. Brunswick is a sleepier, cheaper town that may suit you depending on your household income and wants. You may also be interested in considering Freeport as it has a nice little downtown, LL Bean headquarters (good tax revenue), and it's generally an attractive looking town. Your decision will probably come down to how much you are willing to pay, how far you want to commute, and what amenities you are looking for. Any place in and around Portland is a good place for dogs and your kids will have fun playing at the beach, running through the woods, and visiting the Children's Museum in Portland.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Brunswick has small class sizes since Brunswick Naval Air Station closed, but the town lost the federal revenue to support Navy families. The schools have been reluctant to adapt to the smaller student population so their costs per student are very high. Maybe they expect a huge influx of people to come in and occupy all those vacant properties. Approach with caution.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:34 AM
 
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If you want info on EVERYTHING, you should read all the Maine CD threads/posts for the past 2-3 years....for specifics, use the CD search feature.
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Husband has a job offer in Maine. And we are looking into the following places to live, Yarmouth,Portland,Brunswick ,Westbrook . Any other suggestions would be great and info on schools, We have kids in elementary,middle and highschool . And any kid and dog friendly things/ places to go and do would be great.
We live in Brunswick.

We loved the elementary schools. The junior high not so much. The high school is nothing spectacular, but nothing awful either.

With the base closing, there are definitely a lot of homes for sale, but that can be good for someone looking to buy.

Depending on where your husband is working, you might also look into Topsham or Freeport. From Brunswick, Freeport is the next town up toward Portland. Topsham is right next to Brunswick, divided by the river.

I like the town of Bath a lot, but I have heard mixed things about the school system, especially the high school.
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