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Old 04-08-2008, 03:33 PM
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Hey guys I was just curious to know what some of the really nice suburbs of Portland are. I have always loved living in a suburb right outside the main city but I know nothing about the state so was wondering if I can get some help. Thanks.
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:50 PM
Location: South Portland, Maine
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I know exactley what you mean. I grew up in a bedroom comunity outside Boston. 1st, Portland really is a "livable" city. It has nice neighborhoods, decent public schools, and pretty much low crime as is most of Maine. It has a few on the cusp area's but nothing compared with other major cities.

So now the surrounding communities. Westbrook and SouthPortland are sister cities in their own right and offer more affordable housing. Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth to the south are the traditional small town bedroom communities and to the North are Falmouth, Cumberland, and Yarmouth.

Yarmouth and Cape Elizabeth have the better rated schools. All of these towns are fairly small and loosley populated. If you look on a Map rt 88 to the north of portland travels through Falmouth and Cumberland along the coast (called the forside) and has the higher end housing....very scenic and expensive

Yarmouth to me is the traditional town with a really nice village center...again its a small town but all along rt 1 you will find pretty much everything you need and of course there is Portland.

Scarborough is desired also....I do not get the lay out of the town necessarily...Rt 1 through the town has all the business and there are neighborhoods throughout the town but it has no village feel to it like a town center...which I like.

The Cape is spread out pretty well with lots of neighborhoods, shore drive along the coast and Portland Head light has some exceptional housing options.

portland will be higher in taxes but the housing may be a little less than those other towns I mentioned.

I think that if you were looking for a home here I would recomend just looking in all of those towns and worry about finding the right house because you really cannot go wrong with those towns.

So thats My take on it. Let me know if there is anything other questions.
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