Sue Meservier

South Portland is a Great Place to Live

South Portland MESouth Portland is on Money Magazine’s top 100 best places to live in 2017. The populations of the selected towns and cities are between 10,000 to 100,000. Other criteria included the cost of living, economic health, public education, amenities, and more.

With a median house price of $205,625, a median household income of $56,472, and an average commute time of 17 minutes, South Portland is a great place to live.

South Portland has a diverse economy and is the fourth largest city in the state. The suburban city is home to a working waterfront and the largest railroad yard in New England. Also known as the retail capital of Maine, South Portland is home to The Maine Mall, the biggest and busiest mall in the state; Mill Creek shopping center, and Waterfront Market. The primary runway and passenger terminal of Portland International Jetport, Maine’s busiest airport, are in the city.

The high school graduation rate is 87%. The city has one high school, two middle schools, and five elementary schools. Two private schools are in the area: Holy Cross School and Greater Portland Christian School. South Portland also has three higher learning institutions: Kaplan University, Southern Maine Community College, and New England Bible College.

There are several local attractions, including the South Portland Historical Society Museum, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, Bug Light Park, Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Liberty Ship Memorial, and Willard Beach. Performing arts theatres include Portland Players, the oldest community theatre in Maine, and Lyric Music Theater. Golfers enjoy Sable Oaks Golf Club and South Portland Golf Course.

Residents attend popular annual events, such as the Bug Light Kite Festival, South Portland Mill Creek Park Holiday Fest, and the Independence Day Classic Car Show and Barbecue. In the fall, the community has lots of 5Ks, walks, and bike rides.

 

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    Beautiful 3 Bedroom Home in Lewiston

    Lovely Renovated Ranch

    27 Charles ST
    Lewiston ME

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    Move in ready! This lovely renovated ranch features an updated kitchen with new stainless steel appliances. Master bedroom has new flooring, paint, and lighting. Newly sealed driveway. Basement has a finished office/den. Sunroom opens to the back yard. Great neighborhood is near shopping, turnpike, and hospitals. Farwell School District.

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    Beautiful Contemporary Cape

    8 Meader ST
    Lewiston ME

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    Gorgeous contemporary cape with open concept and 2,900 square feet of living space. Master suite with private bath and a potential in-law apartment. Lovely landscaping and gas fireplace. Well-established neighborhood offers an easy commute to downtown.

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      5 Tips For A Stress Free Thanksgiving

      1. Put Time On Your Side
      Thanksgiving Table SettingRunning out of time is one of the most stressful parts of Thanksgiving entertaining. Give yourself some help by setting your table days in advance and prepping side dishes the night before; this allows you to focus on the most important things like the turkey and entertaining. Mashed potatoes, casseroles, and stuffing are easy to make in advance and keep in your fridge until they're ready to head to the oven. Making a list for the week before will also make sure you stay on task and you aren't forgetting things. Thanksgiving day can be rather hectic, so making sure you have everything planned out by the half-hour is a great way to make sure you aren't forgetting anything!

      2. Ask For Help
      You don't have to do the whole thing yourself! Ask someone to be your assistant — husbands, kids, and best friends are great for this. Have them greet guests, take coats, and fill drinks so you can stay focused on what's happening in the kitchen and they stay out of your hair. 

      3. Set The Right Mood
      Before guests arrive light a few candles, play some music, and dim the overhead lights. Not only will this set a relaxed and festive mood, dim light also helps to disguise a not-so-perfectly cleaned room. Playing music from a website like Pandora allows you to play music that will perfectly fit the mood and you are able to play it for hours without having to change CDs in the middle of dinner. Avoid scented candles near the table as you want all that food you worked so hard on to be the main event.

      Thanksgiving Dinner on a plate4. Serve Food Buffet Style
      Serving food buffet style adds a casual element that can make dinner about eating rather than making sure the green bean casserole gets passed all the way around the table. It also frees up more space on the table for glassware and table settings. Set up food on one side of the room and drinks on the other to keep traffic flowing and to prevent bottlenecks.

      Thanksgiving Dessert5. Don't Take Things Too Seriously
      At the end of the day, your guests will remember your company and not whether your table and meal looked like they came out of a magazine. Remember to relax and enjoy the day with your loved ones — that's what it's all about after all.  

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