A Comprehensive Guide to Scarborough and Community Resources
Scarborough is conveniently located in southern Maine, approximately 7 miles south of the City of Portland. It is just a short drive to Portland and the Maine Mall with easy access to the Maine Turnpike, Portland Jetport and now passenger rail service to Boston and points south. Scarborough is a diverse community with a commitment to the quality of life and the environment.
Scarborough offers lovely sandy beaches and the rocky coastline made famous by a local artist, Winslow Homer. The largest saltwater marsh in Maine is located within the city's boundaries along with Rachel Carson Wildlife lands.
TheGreat Salt Marsh, Maine's largest tidal marsh, is also with the boundaries of Scarborough. It encompasses approximately 3,100 acres and is a natural habitat of many species of marine life.
The Marsh is protected at the local, state and federal levels and can be enjoyed by all. During the warmer months TheMaine Audubonoperates the Scarborough Marsh Nature Center located on the Pine Point Road.
Coastal Neighborhoods and Real Estate
Scarborough is well known for its beaches and coastal communities. Prouts Neck includes Ferry Beach a higher-income, year-round and second home community. It is a fairly secluded with considerable privacy. The BlackPoint Inn, and the Prouts Neck Country Club are located there. Pine Point includes Pillsbury Shores and the East Grand Beach Business District. At one time Pine Point Beach was primarily a summer commintiy, but in recent years have evolved into a year round waterfront community. Addtionally, most of the East Grand Avenue Business District has been converted to residential use.
The segment of rocky coastline that separates sandy Scarborough Beach from Higgins Beach is known as the Graveyard due to its turbulent shoals. This area consists of primarily of exclusive seaside homes. Alternatively, Higgins Beach extends to the northeast beyond the Graveyard to the Spurwink River and is intensively developed with small lots and cottages.
Easy Commute to Portland
Scarborough is a growing community and many people who live there work in and around Portland. Commuting is easy and many desirable neighborhoods and suddivisions can be found in all price ranges. Coulthard Farms, Mitchell Heights, Oak Hill Dunstun Corner and Pleasant Hill are just a few examples. The town is divided by the interstate and US1.
No review of Scarborough would be complete without mentioning its rich history, its commitmment to education and the fact that is was made famous by Winslow Homer.
For more information about how Scarborough compares to the national average, you can refer to the detail statistics below:
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Scarborough is a suburban community that offers open spaces, parks and recreational areas for residents and visitors and still offers close proximity to Portland. There are several beaches within the city. [Learn More]
Scarborough's school system is housed in very modern facilities at strategic locations throughout the community. Its educational programs are student centered with choice being an essential part of the school system's philosophy. [Learn More]
Scaborough real estate has been consistent during the last several years Since 2005 home sales have ranged from a high of 246 units sold to a low, in 2008, of 192 sales. Condos are a growing, but small part of the market.[Learn More]
Moving to Scarborough & Southern Maine: Relocation & Lifestyle
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