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Old 01-12-2016, 11:30 AM
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I've been researching spots to move our family and we're narrowing it down to several spots where we plan to spend more time this spring before we make a final decision. One of them is the Kennebunk area and we've been several times in the past few months. The only two downsides that we've noticed is potential traffic/crowds during the summer and the somewhat limited real estate options in our price range. Other than that, our experience has been very positive - friendly people, good schools, found a good church, great beaches.

For a remote working, school aged kids, middle class New England family who wants to live in a small town by the beach not far from an airport... what's not to love about this place? Any negatives I haven't factored in from some of you more familiar with life there?
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Old 01-16-2016, 06:21 PM
Location: Cape Elizabeth
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I am by no means an expert, having only moved to Maine in 2010, but during the summer, when we have visitors, or in the fall, we always make a trip to Kennebunkport because it is a big tourist destination. It really is packed during tourist season, equivalent to Provincetown, MA. on Cape Cod. That means wall to wall folks on packed streets, no parking etc.

Now, obviously if you had a house, you would have a driveway, garage but if you need to do errands, getting around could be a hassle.

But, the other thing I noticed is in the offseason it is kind of deserted. So many people have homes here as a 2nd home that it was kind of depressing. I guess I mean Kennebunkport, not Kennebunk.

I think if you want all the items you mentioned, you should consider South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth. A great mix of folks, all income levels, beautiful beaches, parks, so close to the airport, hospitals, doctors, museum, great schools and all have a wonderful sense of community and are very welcoming. We are 3 miles from Portland and it just very easy living.

Good luck. If you like, trying searching the forum for those towns, there have been a number of threads over the years and you will see lots of input.
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:54 AM
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Thanks for the feedback and addl. info. We've lived in college towns quite a bit so the deserted feel is almost welcome and isn't too big of a detraction. That said, I've been in P-town in July and that is a little more vivid example of what to expect and not something I'm too thrilled with. Cape Elizabeth/S. Portalnd/Scarborough are on our list too, although we're keen to be a little further out from Portland. Thanks, again.
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Old 01-19-2016, 06:27 PM
Location: Old Orchard Beach
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Hi, I am a Realtor and would live to help you relocate! I am very familiar with the So.Portland, Scarborough Cape areas. Kennebunk is a very nice area as well and I have a very good friend who lives there with her family. I would be happy to gather more info for you from her. Send me A private message if you'd like.

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Old 01-20-2016, 05:04 AM
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I lived in Kennebunkport for two years on ocean ave... near the breakwaters to the Kennebunk river
my sister and uncle graduated from Kennebunk high school

I loved the area,,,have many fond memories... I remember going to Kennebunk beach as a kid and love it,,,even as an adult..

Kennebunk isn't far from Portland,,,old orchard beach ..or new Hampshire,,,,,the white mountains,, not too far from boston

just some traffic in the summer... but the locals know how to get around the high traffic congestion

like most maine coastal towns,,, you can live on or near the water if you can afford it,,,or live a mile or two away and real estate/homes pricing is significantly less...

many many fond memories of the area
I remember in 1986 ,,I was working in Portland and livin in the 'port,,, hurricane Gloria came up the east coast (we don't get many hurricanes) when I got home from work- my sister and I walked out on the breakwater (across from the colony) and it was magnificent,,,the sea was enraged but spectacular ..wind from the remnants of hurricane Gloria was still around 50-70mph
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