Living in Coastal Maine

Cape Elizabeth

Cape Elizabeth, rimmed by craggy shores and sandy beaches, is located just five miles southeast of Portland. It's a fantastic community to call home, especially if you work in Portland but are looking for a quieter community. Most of Cape Elizabeth's businesses and residential areas are located along Casco Bay. 

The Portland Head Light is located in Cape Elizabeth. It is the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Cape Elizabeth is also home to several historic forts and features more parkland and permanently dedicated open space than any other community in Cumberland County. 

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Portland Head Light - Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth

Cumberland

Located 11 miles northeast of Portland, Cumberland is a quaint coastal town on Maine's southern coast. Cumberland's agriculturally rich history is still noticeable today and Cumberland is still home to a number of farms. Since 1868 Cumberland's farmers club has put on the Cumberland Fair at the end of September. The Cumberland Fair is one of Maine's largest fairs. 

Cumberland has three distinct districts: Cumberland Center, Cumberland Foreside, and West Cumberland. Government and school buildings are located in Cumberland Center. Cumberland Foreside is Cumberland's coastal mainland area. There is public waterfront access and is the fastest growing commercial zone in town. West Cumberland hosts two commercial districts and is home to a variety of small businesses ranging from restaurants and mechanics to greenhouses and veterinarians. 

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Falmouth

Falmouth is a vibrant community just north of Portland. Falmouth features a mix of gorgeous coastline and sprawling rural areas. There are a number of quaint stores and restaurants in town. Falmouth's schools have continually ranked as one of the best school districts in the state of Maine. 

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Gorham

Gorham, Maine is comprised of several villages and hamlets that all feature their own distinct historical identities. These villages include North Gorham, Gorham Village, West Gorham, South Gorham, Little Falls, and White Rock. Gorham has been voted the second best town in Maine. 

Gorham is also home to a University of Southern Maine campus. 

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Portland

Portland, Maine is Maine's largest city and is home to 1/3 of Maine's total population. Portland is Maine's economic capital. Portland has moved away from fishing and manufacturing industries in the past decades and has seen an increase in the number of service sector jobs. Portland is known for its lively port, the strong art community, and it's many delicious restaurants. 

Portland has so much to offer residents — from art museums and galleries to world-class restaurants, breweries, and year-round recreation. You will find a mix of historic homes and modern new construction in Portland. 

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The City of Portland

Saco

Saco is situated 20 minutes south of the Greater Portland and Boston is only 90 minutes away. The Saco Transportation Center serves five daily Amtraks running to Portland and Boston, making it a great place to live if you're looking for an easy commute to a bigger city but also wants the simplicity and natural beauty that coastal Maine has to offer. 

Saco's picturesque, historic Main Street is lined with quaint boutiques, local businesses, and restaurants. Saco is also home to a number of annual festivals and events. 

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Scarborough

Scarborough is seven miles south of Portland. It is one of the fastest growing communities in Maine and is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Scarborough features lovely beaches and rocky coastline. There are quaint summer cottages from the 20th century at Higgins Beach as well as other gorgeous homes throughout town. 

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South Portland

South Portland is situated on Portland Harbor and overlooks Casco Bay and the Portland Skyline. South Portland is known for its working waterfront. 

South Portland offers an array of parks and open space. Downtown South Portland features a pond, bridge, and rose garden. During the summer months you'll find concerts in the park and in the winter you will find ice skating. The city's waterfront has several recreational marinas and is home to the last free beach in the area — Willard Beach. 

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Westbrook

Westbrook, Maine borders Portland to the east. While not directly on the water, Westbrook is home to numerous parks and trails and is just a short drive from the waterfront. Westbrook is a great place to call home with plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities as well as still being close to Portland's nightlife. 

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Windham

Windham is located on the banks of Sebago Lake, just 11 miles from Portland. Windham has beautiful views, great hiking trails, and plenty of gorgeous homes. 

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Yarmouth

Yarmouth is a quintessential, coastal New England town. Yarmouth is 12 miles north of Portland. Yarmouth boasts a beautiful, historic downtown, a thriving arts community, a working waterfront, and more. 

Yarmouth is home to exceptional schools, both public and private, as well as several nationally ranked businesses. 

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