Portland's Old Port shopping district, located in the heart of the downtown peninsula, has been restored to 19th-century splendor, with cobbled streets and beautiful Victorian brick buildings. In the Old Port you will find an eclectic mix of restaurants, microbreweries, art galleries, boutiques, and specialty shops all with amazing views of Casco Bay and the harbor. Portland's Old Port is one of the most successful revitalized warehouse districts in the country.
Portland's Working Waterfront
At the base of the Old Port is Portland Harbor and the city's thriving working waterfront, several condo developments, fish markets, and ferry docks. From the downtown area you can also access ferry service to many of the Casco Bay Islands, including Peaks Island, the most populous of the area islands. Relaxing dinner, sunset, or whale-watching cruises can also be arranged during the spring, summer and fall seasons.
Like the rest of Portland, the Old Port is very walkable. The smell of the sea air, the sound of a foghorn, and the chatter of seagulls add to an atmosphere that is undeniably Portland, undeniably Maine.
Real Estate in the Portland downtown area, and in particular the Old Port, consists of older restored homes and condominum developments. There are four distinct neighbborhoods - The West End, The Eastern Promenade, Bayside and the Historic Old Port District. There is a considerable amount of development taking place on the Portland peninsula, especially along the waterfront and in Bayside.
Prices for condos, some with waterviews, range from $250,000 to over $1,000,000. Single family homes can also be found, and range considerably in price, condition and location. As would be expected, parking in the downtown area is a premium.