Our city is a city of neighborhoods, each one with its own distinct flavor and charm. You can get a sense for how the city fits together with this neighborhood map.
Neighborhood Scout has an interactive map that lets you compare the neighborhoods of Portland based on several factors: real estate and demographic information, quality of public schools, property appreciation and crime rate.
Back Cove is the neighborhood adjacent to the tidal basin on the northern side of Portland circled by a popular running trail and Baxter Boulevard. Quiet residential streets branch out from the Boulevard like spokes. In this neighborhood, three-story Victorians intermingle with little houses with tidy fenced in yards. Back Cove is away from the bustle of the downtown, but like most places in Portland, just five to seven minutes away from where you need to be. To learn more, contact the Back Cove Neighborhood Association.
Bayside is a centrally-located neighborhood with easy access to the heart of the city. It it bordered by Marginal Way to the north, Franklin Arterial to the east, Congress Street to the south, and Forest Avenue to the west, and home to the best bowling alley in town, Bayside Bowl. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the Bayside Neighborhood Association.
Deering Center is situated between Brighton Avenue, Woodford Street, Forest Avenue, and Walton Street. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact theDeering Center Neighborhood Organization.
Downtown is the heart of Portland, running from High Street to Franklin Street, and from Cumberland Avenue down to Portland’s working waterfront. Downtown residents enjoy views of Portland’s picturesque brick cityscape, and Portland’s coffee shops, art museum, galleries, and bookstores are conveniently located right outside their doorsteps. To learn more about Portland’s downtown neighborhoods and beyond, explore the Portland Downtown District’s guide to areas of interest.
East Bayside is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Maine, and is bounded on the west by Franklin Street, the east by Washington Avenue, the north by Marginal Way, and the south by Congress Street. To learn more, contact the East Bayside Neighborhood Organization or check out their Facebook page.
Munjoy Hill is on the eastern edge of the Portland peninsula overlooking Casco Bay and about a half mile from the heart of the downtown. It’s the city’s hip, up-and-coming neighborhood—the Brooklyn of Portland—complete with a coffee shop, a corner store with organic local produce, and several little restaurants. A fire in the mid-nineteenth century destroyed much of this neighborhood, so Munjoy Hill’s two and three-story houses are newer and closer together. Decks and balconies on Munjoy Hill look out onto the Eastern Promenade, a scenic waterfront park with a small beach and bike path, a favorite of active Portlanders and dog owners alike. For a window into this hilltop neighborhood, peruse Munjoy Hill News, follow Munjoy Hill on Twitter, or contact the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization. Support Munjoy Hill’s scenic overlook of Casco Bay by joining Friends of the Eastern Promenade.
Nason’s Corner includes the areas on both sides of outer Brighton Avenue starting at Wayside Road out to Westbrook. The area is sandwiched by the two largest green spaces in the city, Evergreen Cemetery and the Fore River Sanctuary, and also contains Capisic Brook and the Capisic Pond trail. Also check out the Nason’s Corner Park Community Playground Greening Project. To learn more, contact the Nason’s Corner Neighborhood Association.
North Deering is a large residential neighborhood on the northeastern edge of Portland, bordered on the west by train tracks, and on the east by the town of Falmouth. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the North Deering Neighborhood Association.
Parkside is—as it sounds—the area adjacent to Deering Oaks Park, a grassy expanse in the center of the city with tall oak trees and fountains, the site of the weekly Portland Farmers Market between the months of May and November. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the Parkside Neighborhood Association.
Peaks Island is one of the over 200 islands in Casco Bay, and just an 18-minute ferry ride from downtown Portland. The island is home to many artists, writers, and educators, among others. There is a public elementary school on the island, and Peaks Island students attend King Middle School and Portland High School. The island is home to around 1000 year-round residents, and the population blossoms to 5,000-6,000 in the summertime. To learn more, check out the Peaks Island website, as well as the community site.
Riverton is a large neighborhood in the northwest corner of Portland, bordered by the town of Westbrook. To learn more, contact the Riverton Neighborhood Organization.
St. John’s Valley is on the eastern edge of the Portland peninsula, close to downtown and the Western Promenade. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the St. John’s Valley Neighborhood Association.
Stroudwater encompasses the area to west of the railroad tracks, abutting South Portland to the south and Westbrook to the west. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the Stroudwater Neighborhood Association.
The West End has an air of quiet and grandeur. It’s home to large nineteenth and early twentieth-century brick, stone, and clapboard homes with tidy yards and colorful gardens. The tree-lined streets with single and multi-family homes feel much like the quiet residential streets of Cambridge. The Western Promenade, a grassy walkway with views of the White Mountains and the Fore River, slopes down to the historic Western Cemetery, creating a natural boundary for the neighborhood. From the West End, Portland’s downtown district is just a short walk away. To learn more, contact the West End Neighborhood Organization or the Western Promenade Neighborhood Association, and read the West End News blog and website.
Woodfords-Oakdale is a centrally-located neighborhood just northwest of the downtown area, but with quiet, tree-lined residential streets and easy access to several schools. To learn more about the neighborhood, contact the Woodfords-Oakdale Neighborhood Organization.