Scarborough, ME Luxury Real Estate

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Luxury Homes and Lifestyle in Scarborough, Maine: A year-round beach community close to Portland

You’ll find it on the list of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns in Coastal Living magazine, and it’s no surprise that people like it here: Scarborough is one of Southern Maine’s fastest-growing communities. Life here blends beach-town ease with city amenities, as it’s located only seven miles to Portland’s world-class restaurants, vibrant arts and social scene. The town is easily accessible from the Maine Turnpike, close to the Portland International Jetport, and finds itself within an easy commute to Boston.

Nature calls to the explorer within

Scarborough’s community activities revolve around its natural beauty. It is home to the state’s largest salt marsh, which serves as a vital wildlife space for breeding, resting and feeding, making it a popular bird-watching spot. Visitors can explore the 3,100-acre estuary by foot or canoe; and the Maine Audubon even offers guided full-moon canoe trips where the silver-lit marsh takes on a whole new mystique.

Miles of well-maintained trail systems cross the town, connecting beaches to conservation land and providing a serene outlet for bikers, joggers, cross-country skiers and horseback riders alike.

The beaches: From lively to relaxed

Scarborough’s most notorious draw is its proliferation of the most coveted brand of Maine real estate: sandy beaches, for which people drive miles to spend summer days upon the pristine shores. Lifeguard-protected Scarborough Beach State Park is a destination for families, where the warmer ocean temperatures and sandy bottom are inviting for little ones. Pine Point is the hot spot for casual beachgoers, and Higgins Beach is a year-round surfer’s favorite haven and has been for decades. Come fall, residents get to enjoy the sleepy side of ocean living in sweet exclusivity. The golden sun is still warm enough for long walks, sailing and picnics, but shines upon virtually silent shores.

Scarborough as muse  

Famed American artist Winslow Homer fell in love with the tip of Scarborough known as Prout’s Neck in the late 1800’s, inspired by the magnificent coastal views and ever-changing sky. He painted many of his best-known works from his John Calvin Stevens-designed studio, now a National Landmark open to the public.

Consistently, Scarborough’s school system is ranked among the top in the state. The arts and athletics programs are top notch and the school changed over to organic treatments on the playing fields due to concerns of kids being exposed to pesticides; they are used as a local model for other communities looking to become more green.

Well-stocked town center

Even though Portland is a short drive away, residents can find most everything they need on the Route One stretch of Scarborough. There is a large supermarket, natural foods store and specialty wine and cheese shop, several doctor offices, ski-and-surf shop, and several choices for casual dining.

Scarborough, ME real estate: call Southern Maine’s favorite summer destination home.

Dotting the shoreline are gorgeous cottage-style homes on premier stretches of beach suitable for year-round or summer living. Exclusive Prout’s Neck has some of the most impressive homes and is a popular summer spot for those who crave something more private than the Hamptons. It even has a private beach club, tennis, golf and yacht club reserved for residents.

The Pine Point area offers a blend of traditional Maine-style cottages with newer contemporary LEED-certified homes along seven miles of white sandy beaches with harbor views and restaurants within walking distance. Pine point is also home to a couple gated high-rise condo buildings with amenities like tennis, swimming, fitness centers and, of course, beach access.

Whether you’re seeking a lovely residential West Scarborough subdivision, a waterfront escape, or a neighborhood home tucked in between walking trails and the marsh, touring homes for sale in Scarborough, Maine will make your real estate search a day at the beach.
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