It's important to note here that Realtors are not allowed to answer this kind of question with any kind of specifics as it could constitute "steering" or housing discrimination. (If we say "Yes", that could mean that other towns nearby are NOT good places to raise a family, and if we say "No", that's even worse.) It is indeed up to the individual to do his due diligence and make up his or her own mind regarding whether a property is the right one for him (or her).
In fact, Maine's "Exclusive Buyers Representation Agreement" (the contract between a Realtor and a buyer) states specifically that: "All properties are acceptable at the absolute and sole discretion of [the] Buyer". We as Realtors do not and cannot make judgments or interpretations re locations. We are only supposed to deal in the facts.
That said, it would be best for anyone who has questions about the suitability of a specific location to do some research... decide what it is that you're looking for in a town and neighborhood (low taxes, access to public transportation, a dog park, sidewalks, arts & culture, whatever) and then research those specific items.
Otherwise, it's all subjective and what may work for me could be the absolute opposite of what you're looking for... and in the case of a licensed real estate professional, answering could be a black mark against our license.
Linda Snyder, Associate Broker
Allen & Selig Realty
One Walnut Hill Commons
N Yarmouth ME 04097
207 / 829.3339
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