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Old 02-04-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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Hello! New to City Data and basically just looking for some opinions on the Portland area. I was born in southern Maine, lived on the mid-coast briefly, and then moved out of state while still young due to my father's job. We eventually settled in southeastern PA, which is where I live now with my own family. My husband was born and raised in this area, and fell in love with Maine when we went there on our honeymoon. He has become increasingly more obsessed with moving there as the years go on While I am not against moving, I am a little more...cautious than he is, and have a few concerns.
First, we have three small children, and would like them to be in a good school district. It does not have to be the best in the nation (we don't have that where we are now, either), but decent would be nice. From my preliminary research it looks there are some very good schools, but some very poor ones also. Any insight into the best districts/ones to avoid?
Also, there seems to be a little bit of a disparity between the cost of living in Portland and the salaries. I expect cost of living to be higher in a city, but I also expect the salaries to be somewhat higher to make up for it. My husband is sales manager and I am an RN....those particular professions seem to pay lower in Portland than in our area, but housing costs, etc, are higher. Does anyone know if this holds true? My research has just been general internet searches on PayScale.com, etc, so I'm hoping that maybe it is not completely accurate.
Finally, just wondering about general livability for a family of five. We love outdoor activities and the kids love museums, etc. My husband and I are not that into nightlife, as far as nightclubs, etc.....but we do like pubs, live music, etc. We also don't like the idea of being right IN a city, though....we need some space around us, and some privacy. Portland actually seems ideal in this way, but do most people actually find this to be true?
I am not really in love with the area we are in now, but I also don't want to move with unrealistic expectations and then be disappointed, especially with kids involved. We will be up in the Portland area this summer and plan on looking around more seriously.....any suggestions on specific areas would be much appreciated. Thanks!!!
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Gorham, Maine
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Housing prices tend to be higher in Portland than other areas in the northeast (upstate NY, etc.) due to the proximity to the ocean. We've also got natural gas heat in less than 5% of the homes statewide, most concentrated in "urban" areas, which is also where you're likely to find public water and sewer. In general, the larger the lot your house is on, the more likely you are to not have natural gas nor city water and sewer. This often comes a surprise to buyers I work with. It will be up to you to decide what your wants and needs in a home are and what your budget is. It will also be difficult to obtain financing without 30-60 days of pay stubs in a current occupation, unless you are transferring within the company. I worked with a teacher who changed school districts this past summer and she had to wait until October to close due to the job change.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:59 PM
 
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Thank you for the links--very good information. I appreciate it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Finally, just wondering about general livability for a family of five. We love outdoor activities and the kids love museums, etc. My husband and I are not that into nightlife, as far as nightclubs, etc.....but we do like pubs, live music, etc. We also don't like the idea of being right IN a city, though....we need some space around us, and some privacy. Portland actually seems ideal in this way, but do most people actually find this to be true?
Depends on what you mean by "space around us." Portland is a small city by most standards, but it's still a city.

Check out Brunswick. We have Bowdoin College with a museum, theater, and concerts. And if it's not enough, Portland is only a a train ride or 25 minute drive away.
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