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Elizabeth, Home Buyer in New Jersey

I am considering moving to maine to retire and would like feedback on portland maine area.

Asked by Elizabeth, New Jersey Thu Mar 20, 2008

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You will get all kinds of opinions about Maine. You really should come for a good lengthy visit and decide for yourself. We live just outside of Portland and love it. You get to enjoy the country side of it yet you're close enough to enjoy the city.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue May 20, 2014
As I am a native of Porltand and a licensed agent since 1986 I can tell you that it is a great area in which to live. Lakes, public beaches, state parks and shopping are all within a 20 minute drive. There is an AHL hockey team, the Portland Pirates; a AA baseball team, the Portland Sea Dogs; a symphony and concert association and many arts and cultural events are being held throughout the year. There are also several "55 and over condominium developments for anyone looking in that direction. Overall it is a great place to live!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
I am not immediate to Portland but spend some time there... Portland is one of Maine's largest cities and being Maine you don't have to travel too far to be in the Country. From what i have seen the closer to the city the more expensive the properties... you can live upwards to an hour away for considerably less. However, if you like the small city life, there are plenty of options with significant amenities. Portland is still growing and is full of shopping and night life.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 23, 2008
Hi Elizabeth. I recently relocated to Maine and chose Portland because it is rich un culture, amazing restaurant scene, nature, and overall quality of life. I recommend visiting and maybe taking a short tour with an agent to get a sense of the area. I did a lot of research prior to moving so that helped tremendously when I finally got here. Have a great day!

Christopher Pagli

Benchmark Real Estate
100 Congress St
Portland Maine
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 8, 2015

We have a great page on relocating to Maine, Please feel free to check it out: http://www.greentreemaine.com/relocating-to-maine.php
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 23, 2015
Its 2014 and we, too are considering retirement in Portland. Now, in Tennessee (too hot, too humid and friendly but locals don't want to be your friends) we cannot afford to go back to CT/RI area. We intend to make an extended visit but want local input on downtown. We'd love a condo in the middle of thing - I'm tired of using the car just to get out of the neighborhood. How about crime? Car Insurance? Other expenses we might have missed? We love New England!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 1, 2014
Maine is your best option no matter where you settle in, buy. The folks in Vacationland are friendlier, helpful, community and family minded. Very hard working and not jammed in. Maine is the 4th lowest crime state, 46th lowest for FSSR too. (Forclosure, short sale, repossession) Lower cost real estate so you get more for less. You've love the four seasons, all the low cost, no cost recreational options. But just as important you will like the long list of what we don't have in Maine. No traffic, lack of pollution, not billboards, less trash with returnable bottles. Less people, more life the way it was meant to be.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 26, 2011
Hello Elizabeth, I moved to Maine back in the early 80's and have called it my home ever since. I love Portland it is a perfect sized city with all the diversity of the bigger ones with very little traffic hassle, low crime and easy access to air, boat and rail transportation. Portland offers a unique blend of old and new both in buildings, people, culture, art and music. From symphony's to rock concerts, museums to lighthouses... we have it all! As a local Real estate professional I offer free relocation packages with all kinds of additional maps and information. If I can be of help to you, please check us out on the website below. Best of luck and welcome to Maine, "the way life should be"! Janice
Web Reference: http://www.allenselig.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 5, 2010
I would reconsider your desire to retire in Maine unless you have family there or are a native. I relocated there 7 years ago for all the reasons listed by others (livable city, low crime, scenic, great restaurants, etc); however, it is the people that make it difficult to live there. Outsiders are not welcome and the natives cordial but not friendly at all. It is a shame because it really is an idyllic spot with all you can need right there or close by. You may miss diversity, culture and class. I tried for 7 years and it wasn't happening. Very disappointing when you move your entire life somewhere for that long and leave with no friendships. Don't make the same mistake. The trick is to find others also "from away" as they like to call you. Come for a visit and find people who are not native and ask them to give their honest opinion. Remember, vacation and living some where are very different. Maine is great for a vacation but not for a lifetime.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 5, 2010
I am not sure what your necessities for retirement are. If you are into year round golf, perhaps Maine is not the place to be.

If you could be pretty specific on what your needs are to have a nice, easy and happy retirement, we could see if Portland Maine is truly the place you want to be.

For the record, I love Maine, its a great place, semi-big, but not too big. Safe Safe Safe place to live with very nice people and friendly nurturing environment to raise a family.

These are the things that I require, what do you need?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 26, 2009

Have you considered the Portsmouth NH area? The city is similar in size to Portland and it is only 1 hour to Boston (major city, airport, events etc..). Portsmouth is a very quaint town just 40 miles south of Portland also on the coast.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 3, 2008
maine is a horrible state to retire in, highest taxes in the nation. heating fuel will cost you thousands and winter lasts forever witht he cold weather. we get about 3 good months out of the year and that's it, save you're money
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 1, 2008
Portland is great if you want a smaller type of city. There are great places to eat and we often get fairly popular artists in concert and stuff like that. But if you like the grit of a larger city, or the culture and diversity of a larger city, Portland can be somewhat bland and white-washed. I love Maine because I'm from Maine, but I have lived in Montreal and Europe and sometimes still long for the larger metropolitan areas. It is great as a safe and interesting place to hang out and call home. Of course I love it because I live here and I know a lot of people who have moved from out of state find it so refreshing and quaint!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 18, 2008
Portland has many awards to its credit including top places to live , places to retire, and many people compliment the safety and diversity that Portland has to offer, with the ocean only steps away in a few directions. It does cost more to live in portland then some other cities, but still alot less then in Mass,CT,NJ, or NY. Check out wikipedia.com, they have a great portland maine write up with links to all the awards. My office is in the Old Port and we have a first hand view of alot of the development going on.
Web Reference: http://www.wikipedia.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 11, 2008
Hello Elizabeth,

Maine is great place to live and Portland is a fun and friendly city. Depending on your interests and activities that you like, that would help with deciding on what areas would best suit your needs. If you want to email or call me I would be happy to put you in contact with some local people that might share your same intrests. I will not email you, or bother you, as I am sure that is a concern, as many brokers do that sort of thing. I grew up just outside of Portland and after traveling around the country in the service I returned to Maine as it is my favorite place so far. Again, if I can assist in putting you in contact with some local people or just answer some questions, feel free to email me at your leisure. Best of Luck.

Matt Trudel

207 939-6971
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 26, 2008
Have you considered retiring in a warmer climate? Las Vegas continues to be a great community with low taxes, excellent restaurants and entertainment. The Master Planned Communities surround the world famous Strip, so you can comfortably live away from the "Crazies" and still have a great meal when you want to explore. Give me call or email me and I will send you some great reserarch.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
Hi Elizabeth!

We're experts in working with those who want to relocate to Southern Maine! Our expertise is in Cumberland and York Counties, which have the loveliest beaches and are close to the city for all activities. Portland is a small city, but a lively one! It has an active art community, with lots of galleries and museums, live theatre, a wonderful waterfront shopping area loaded with restaurants for dining out, and it also has a spectacular symphony orchestra. We'd love to give you a tour of the area whenever you plan on visiting Maine. Call us anytime at 207-553-2620. We are Judy and Brad Dupee, The Dupee Team, Keller Williams Realty, 50 Sewall St., Portland, ME 04102.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
Dear Elizabeth,
The Portland Maine area has all the amenities of a larger city and few of the problems. The restaurants are too numerous and varied to mention. Portland has an active arts district with many galleries. great local theatre and a wonderful symphony too.
Aside from the arts, the area is visually stunning with ocean views, nearby lighthouses, and rolling hills too. There truly is something for everyone in Portland. You can experience city life in downtown Portland or go just 10-15 minutes out of the city and be in the middle of pastoral farmland. Maine provides many wonderful vacation opportunities year round including skiing, white water rafting, kayaking, visiting local bed and breakfasts and exploring the mountains, lakes and seashores throughout the state. There is a reason that our motto is: "The Way Life Should Be" Please visit my website at: http://www.kathiehooper.com for links to Portland area activities and best of luck with your move!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2008
Elizabeth, I moved to Maine from New Jersy in 1982 and I just love it. I live about 20 minutes North of Portland. I choose to live outside the city for my kids and the schools. There are numerous housing opportunities, both condo living and single family. The market is a buyers market with many"deals" in the area. I have been a Realtor in Maine for many years and I believe that because of the "way of life" that Maine offers, the market will remain more stable over the years to come.
The greater Portland area offers a great variety of dining, theatre, symphonies and a huge array of other cultural events as well as being just steps from beaches and nature type living. To me Maine is a perfect mix of culture and class with the best of nature and a whole bunch of "real" people.
I hope that this has answered your questions and best of luck with your decision. Our website has a relocation portion where you can request a free relocation package with lots of free Maine info.
Web Reference: http://www.allenselig.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 31, 2008
I've lived in the Portland area most of my life and find it to be a very livable city. It has most of the amenities of large citiesbut , with the feel of a small town. It has a vibrant "Old Port" area and is only a 1/2 hour from ocean beaches and Lakes region. Skiing is 1 hour away in winter.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 24, 2008
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