Portland, ME Luxury Real Estate

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Luxury Homes and Lifestyle in Portland, ME: A city where the streetlights don’t outnumber the stars

Maine’s largest city by the sea is settling into her spotlight as one of the most livable places in the United States. Stepping out of Boston’s shadow, Portland’s appeal is now widely recognized by visitors and locals alike.

There’s a popular Maine saying: “You can’t get there from here.” Fortunately, if you make Portland your home, you really don’t have to go anywhere else.

The Old Port: Working waterfront meets urban energy

A unique blend of tradition and progress can be found along the cobblestone streets of Portland’s Old Port, where the working waterfront bustles next to world-class restaurants, trendy boutiques, and great live music venues. Established family firms and start-ups coexist all around the city, retirees and students comingle at the popular Farmer’s Market, and large families gather alongside couples and friends in the newly revamped Congress Square Park.

While its population is large enough to be dynamic and diverse, Portland has maintained a close-knit community feel. Expect the barista at your neighborhood coffee shop to remember how you like your latte, and for the person in line next to you to welcome a friendly chat.

Creativity harbors here

In the creative hub that is Portland, artists, writers, musicians and makers can find kindred spirits and plenty of inspiration. Appreciation, too: on the first Friday of every month, the arts district comes alive. The Portland Museum of Art opens for free, galleries extend their hours, and food vendors take to the street, all to the delight of patrons eager to check out the works of Andrew Wyeth or Winslow Homer, or to add a piece of local fine or student art to their personal collection.

Four-season living, out on the town or in the outdoors

Urbanites and nature lovers are equally at home in Portland.

Numerous restaurants have been featured on national food shows; the craft beer and cocktail movement is booming, and top-notch bands play at Thompson’s Point and the Maine State Pier. Boston is a mere 70 miles away, and thanks to the Portland International Jetport, you can even reach Paris with minimal nuisance.

For those who prefer shaded trails and gravel bike paths to paved city roads, there are plenty twisting through green spaces in Portland and neighboring towns. The Back Cove/Baxter Boulevard trail and the Eastern Promenade tend to be the fan favorites of bikers, walkers, and runners alike.

And when winter falls, their fun doesn’t stop: it just dresses for the weather. Biking trails become snowshoeing or cross-country skiing destinations, kids go sledding at Payson Park or Riverside Golf Course, and skaters lace up at Deering Oaks.

For even more adventure, skiing, big lake boating and mountain biking are all just a short drive away.

Portland, ME real estate: from historic mansions to trendy lofts and Forest City suburbs

When it comes to Maine real estate, it doesn’t get much more eclectic than Portland. Here are just a few of the neighborhoods you might consider:

The historic West End is filled with stately homes, wide tree-lined sidewalks and quiet appeal and easy proximity to Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital.

Munjoy Hill (also known as the East End) is a true urban paradise with trendy lofts, hip bars, bistros and a rolling green space overlooking Casco Bay.

Rather live out in the bay, on one of its year-round islands? Portland’s unique ferry service makes that option more workable than you’d think.

Heading west, Back Cove neighborhood borders a tidal area and the city’s most popular jogging trail, with peaceful streets and a variety of home styles.

And further out, areas like North Deering, Deering Highlands, and Rosemont offer larger lots, privacy, and a more suburban feel.

Browse all of our Portland, ME homes for sale to find the perfect one for you.

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