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Old 08-29-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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Hello Portlanders! We are considering a move to Portland with young kids. We have experience with the issues of "real winters" and bugs, however we only visited the area once (and were impressed). We'd be moving with a good job in hand and wondered if Portland is great place to raise a family and bring up outdoor kids. It seems like Falmouth, Yarmouth and Cape E. have great schools and are relatively safe, but are there family friendly neighborhoods, safe walking or biking to parks or beaches? Does the area offer many family oriented activies? If you have any input we'd really appreciated it as we'll be coming again soon for another visit. Any neighborhoods or streets to check out while we're there? We understand we'd be from away - do outsiders tend to fit in after awhile? Thanks in advance for your help on any of these questions!
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:03 PM
 
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You won't have any issues being a "transplant", not in the Portland area. What is your housing budget range (not to be nosy, but it would help to narrow down the choices.)

As for things to do with kids, you might want to check out the Raising Maine website.
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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Ditto about no problem being a transplant. There are alot of us from away. And while some give it that term there isn't a bad connotation to it. It appears to be a great place for kids., and there are tons of Bike trails, and outdoor activities. Close by camping, good schools and safe. Kids seem friendly. There are family oriented activities such try a sport program LL bean, outdoor festivals, beaches, Kite flying, hiking, camping and skiing!
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:38 AM
 
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Thanks for the comments and thoughts. As far as housing budget we'd be able to afford most areas of the communities I noted with the exception of waterfront homes and expensive estates. We would be in a better position after a couple of years and would be interested in renting or buying to start us out. Still wondering how friendly traffic is to bikers and pedestrians (with kids in mind) or if there are trails/designated lanes or sidewalks to keep safe. Does the bicycling community consider the Portland area to be bike friendly?
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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I would assume so -- bikes are everywhere. There are bike lanes on many streets. It depends on where you live -- some neighborhoods have sidewalks and some don't. There are walking/biking trails, too.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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Portland is very bike friendly. There are bike lanes or sidewalks on most roads, some neighborhoods don't have side walks but the speed limit is low. There are literally bikes every where, adults and kids. On my commute into downtown I pass a number on bikes on the casco bay bridge even in winter, I also pass a number of skate boarders. Downtown portland has a "pedestrians have the right of way rule" as do a number of the surrounding communities.
There is a greenway through S portland....not sure about the falmouth area and a number of parks with trails for bikes.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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We were in the area recently for vacation and noticed how many joggers, bikers and walkers there were in various places (at least as compared to the area of NY we currently live). If that was the 'norm' for Portland it seems like a wonderful place to get out and do things in!
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:58 AM
 
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It is the norm -- there are tons of bikers, hikers, joggers, dog-walkers and such here.
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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lawmom - thanks again for answering. Did you have thoughts for me in terms of neighborhoods or streets to check out?
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:17 PM
 
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Well, I am most familiar with Portland itself -- but in CE there is the Oakhurst neighborhood which is right over the South Portland line (so closer to shopping and Portland). There are tons of families there..

I guess in Falmouth (where we are moving tomorrow, BTW) there are quite a few newer subdivisions with nice homes. The Foreside area is really nice, of course, but being on the water it's pricier. There is The Woodlands country club area, too -- lots of families there I think.

I love the neighborhood we're moving from (the West End in Portland) --it's great for walking downtown but it's not great for kids to bike.
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