Reviews & Comments
Cape Elizabeth, METown of Many Resources and Beautiful Landscapes
Cape Elizabeth is a lovely town, right on the Maine shoreline, and just outside the city of Portland. If you love nature and the outdoors, you will love Cape Elizabeth. There are two universities in Portland. The airport is in South Portland and very easy to access. The schools in Cape Elizabeth are excellent, so if you have kids to educate, this is a wonderful place to bring them up. Property taxes are high. There are farms all around the area, so you can get fresh produce during the growing season. There are also horse farms and places to ride and take riding lessons. The town has a very good recreation center and a Olympic size pool available to residents. The one negative is the winter weather, which can be very harsh and last a long time. So buy a house with a garage!
Portland, MEDowntown Has Gone Down
During the past five years, the downtown area has become spoiled by the influx of immigrants who basically use the overly generous welfare system and confuse the rest of the populace because they do not speak English. Some have also caused the increasing crime rate in Portland. For me, the city has lost its charm and down home feel that it once possessed in abundance.
Cape Elizabeth, MECape Elizabeth
Moved to CE in 2007 and find it to be very beautiful seacoast town that includes farms, Maine coast views, great seafood and local produce, and a homey feel. The local supermarket is a great place to shop. There are three movie theaters in neighboring Portland, South Portland and Falmouth. Cape Elizabeth is the "wealthiest" town in Maine, but not everyone who lives in the town is wealthy. Public schools in Cape are excellent, and therefore the property taxes are rather high. The City of Portland is 5 minutes away, and is a small and lively town featuring a great harbor, lots of fish markets and boutique-y shops and a wide mix of "types". In addition there are two universities right in the metro area. In all, it's a great place to raise a family but not so great if you are retiring on your own or looking for employment opportunities. In general, jobs are poorly paid and opportunities to improve your lot are sparse. State taxes for business owners are very high and a huge turnoff to most entrepreneurs. Churches are poorly attended. People tend to be a bit reserved until you get to know them, which takes a long time.