Are you Planning a move to portland, me?

a guide to portland's neighborhoods

If you are considering a move to the Portland, Maine area, you likely have many questions. Start here! I have compiled some information on neighborhoods below to help you find your way as you begin to explore.

explore portland, maine's neighborhoods.

Portland, Maine, a picturesque coastal city known for its historic charm, natural beauty, and thriving arts scene, boasts a variety of unique neighborhoods. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at some of Portland’s most notable neighborhoods, offering a snapshot of what makes each area special.


Land acknowledgment: Portland is located in the unceded territory of the Aucucisco of the Wabanaki (includes the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy.

Neighborhoods in Portland, ME

  1. West End. Rich in history and architectural beauty, the West End neighborhood is a residential haven boasting tree-lined streets and meticulously preserved Victorian-era homes. This district also features the Western Promenade, a public park with stunning views of the White Mountains on clear days, making it the perfect location for people wanting an urban location but walkable to the rest of the city.
  2.  East End. The vibrant East End, also known as Munjoy Hill, offers a mix of residential options, including single-family homes, apartments, and condos. This neighborhood is popular for its views of Casco Bay, the iconic Portland Observatory, and the Eastern Promenade park. With a variety of restaurants, bakeries, shops, and recreational options, the East End is desirable and walkable. You can find some of the best croissants in town here!
  3. North Deering. North Deering is a primarily residential and popular neighborhood located in the northern part of the city. This area is known for its spacious yards, quiet streets, and a mix of single-family homes and condos. With ample green space, including walking trails, several schools, and convenient access to local shopping centers, North Deering is a great option for those seeking a more suburban location. 
  4. Back Cove. Back Cove is a picturesque neighborhood just north of Portland’s downtown area. This scenic area is known for its popular Back Cove Trail, Payson Park, and tree-lined streets. Back Cove is a sought-after neighborhood for those seeking outdoor recreation and close proximity to Portland’s amenities. It is also home to one of my favorite restaurants and coffee shops.
  5. Nason’s Corner. Nason’s Corner sits on the western border of Portland abutting Westbrook. It’s a quiet neighborhood away from the hustle and bustle but still close to everything that Portland offers. There are lovely trails, including Portland’s only waterfall, restaurants, an ice cream shop, and more nearby. Many of the homes here are smaller than in other areas, and the home prices reflect that. It’s close to the Maine Turnpike (Route 95) so it’s easy to get around from this location if commuting north or south is essential.  
  6. Rosemont. This neighborhood is a favorite for it’s serene residential streets, namesake market, and homes with lots of character. Situated between Nason’s Corner to the west, Deering Center, and Deering Highlands, it’s convenient to just about everything. Many residents love access to nearby Capisic Pond Park. Home prices can be higher because of demand here, but are modestly sized in general.
  7. Deering Highlands. The Highlands is a beautiful, central neighborhood with many older but well preserved homes. Much of its original historical character is maintained, including numerous examples of architecture by John Calvin Stevens, and other regional architects. You’ll find higher home prices here due to its fantastic location, lovely homes, and larger yards. Railroad tracks run right through this residential area, but that generally does not impact its desirability.
  8. Deering Center. Deering Center is a neighborhood with a tightly-knit community feel that runs from Brighton Ave. to Forest Ave. by way of Stevens Ave. and abuts the Highlands, Rosemont, and Woodford’s Corner neighborhoods. It has a sweet little downtown strip with a number of local businesses and hosts a Porchfest that occurs annually in late summer. The Evergreen Cemetery borders the neighborhood and is not only a historical cemetery, but also a vibrant urban park with paved roads, trails, and a duck pond. The cemetery has some of the most gorgeous fall foliage in the city.
  9. Riverton. Portland’s Riverton neighborhood extends from the Evergreen Cemetery and the University of New England’s College campus to the south, north to the Riverside Municipal Golf Course (with great recreation year-round) and beyond to the Falmouth town line. The Presumpscot River runs through it, close to the western border. It is a vibrant community – primarily residential, but also home to several thriving local businesses and a number of breweries. You’ll see smaller homes here than in other neighborhoods, and as a result, generally lower home prices. 

Portland neighborhoods are appealing to many buyers with varied interests and price points and I love the character that you can find in such a small city. Truly, there is something for everyone. This is not an exhaustive list and I will be updating it periodically. If you have any questions about Portland’s neighborhoods, feel free to send me a message!

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