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Old 02-23-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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Hi!!

My family and I are moving to Portland, ME area. We are searching for a home and would love to hear some advice. This is what we are looking for:

-A GREAT family neighborhood with lots of kids for my little ones to play with
-A walkable town. something with a town center,library, school.
- Great schools
-sense of community
-safe neighborhoods
- Farmer's market on the weekends
-A quaint town feel with coffee shops, book stores ect in walking distance
-We really like to walk around our neighborhood, can you tell??

The most important thing is good schools and a really tight community feel.

Is someplace like this possible near Portland??

Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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Sounds like Deering Center to me.
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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thanks! Is that considered a really nice neighborhood?? I have very small children so I need a very family oriented safe neighborhood.

Are there subdivisions there?? We are from Charlotte were all the neighborhoods are subdivisions. I am thinking Maine is not like that. LOL!!
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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It's a neighborhood that is in the vicinity of Longfellow Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School, Deering High School and the Portland Campus of the University of New England. It's an older neighborhood, no sub-divisons.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Originally Posted by chrissys74 View Post
Hi!!

My family and I are moving to Portland, ME area. We are searching for a home and would love to hear some advice. This is what we are looking for:

-A GREAT family neighborhood with lots of kids for my little ones to play with
-A walkable town. something with a town center,library, school.
- Great schools
-sense of community
-safe neighborhoods
- Farmer's market on the weekends
-A quaint town feel with coffee shops, book stores ect in walking distance
-We really like to walk around our neighborhood, can you tell??

The most important thing is good schools and a really tight community feel.

Is someplace like this possible near Portland??
Brunswick.
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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So jealous. I am from Maine and living outside Raleigh. I cant wait to move back!!! I lived in Gorham and walked everywhere. However, there is no bookstore or farmer's market. Portland has most of what you are looking for.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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Hi. We're moving to the area this summer and have chosen Gorham. We have 2 young kids (5 and 7). I've spent a ton of time researching (on-line and on-foot in Maine), and feel very good about Gorham as a warm, cohesive, supportive community with a real town center and family-focused activities. I cross my fingers that I'm right about this; read the Gorham Times on-line to get a real flavor for the town and schools and attitude. Good luck!
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Gorham is awesome. You wont regret it. We will be moving back to Gorham (God willing) next summer.
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:02 PM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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Brunswick.
I second this! For some reason it hadn't crossed my mind..

Affordable right now too. Some really good deals in housing there.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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WhoFanMe is right - you just described Deering Center. Because there are so many schools on this stretch it is easily-walkable (think crossing-guards and speed-bumps). There is a scattering of shops, plus the Burbank branch of the Portland Public Library is here.

I live in the Back Cove area and even with blankets of ice and snow-mounds narrowing the streets and sidewalks, I can still walk easier than say, if I lived near Franklin Art. The view of Munjoy Hill from across Back Cove on Baxter Blvd is always impressive. There's a few different little pockets in this neighborhood for coffee and books. Star East Cafe, Brea Lu, the Bayou and of course Dunkin Donuts come to mind. You have Baxter Woods, Payson Park, plus the Blvd for walking/biking trails right outside your door. And Forest Av Plaza and the Hannaford Plaza, which houses Annie's Book Stop- are within a walkable distance. The Deering Center/Woodfords/Bayside area is where it's at! If you look at a map of Portland, it's practically smack-dab in the middle of things here - but still I'd say the West End has the most character of any neighborhood in this town. There's just something about it ... Go for a walk to the Western Prom and check it out yourself. It's entirely walkable, but isn't as close to the schools and libraries as Deering Center.
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