East End / Munjoy Hill
Eclectic, independent, and vibrant are the words most often used to describe this part of Portland. “Eclectic,” as it is home to a wide range of age groups and backgrounds. Also eclectic is the neighborhood’s architecture, a harmonious mix of historic, wood‑framed homes and more recent, very modern construction. Single family, triple‑decker, multi‑family ‑ all the options are here. “Independent” both for the spirit of the residents and the many locally‑owned businesses – no chain stores here! “Vibrant” as this is a neighborhood where artists perform and create, and residents walk and interact with one another.
The East End is home to St. Lawrence Arts, which offers a range of concerts and plays. Also nearby, Mayo Street Arts’ diverse offerings include live music, artistic puppetry, and dance both for watching and participating. Local galleries offer still more to enjoy and absorb.
Residents on the East End can easily walk to popular neighborhood restaurants including Lolita, the Blue Spoon, and the Front Room. For more casual eating Otto Pizza and Silly’s, a local favorite for a hearty brunch, are all within walking distance. A little further, but still walkable, are nationally‑known restaurants like Duck Fat, Hugo’s and Fore Street. Neighborhood favorites A& C Grocery, Rosemont Market, and Katie Made offer groceries and freshly baked bread, and at the bottom of the hill is Portland’s first food co‑op.
Enjoy the very best a small urban coastal community has to offer!
- Independent ‑ authentic – vibrant ‑ eclectic
- A real community with a genuine sense of being and belonging
- Variety of incomes, backgrounds live here – a true mix of real people
- Pet‑friendly, people‑friendly, Buy‑Local friendly
- Livable with restaurants, coffee shops, grocers, bakeries, boutiques…
- Artists, theaters, galleries, craftspeople
- Mix of architecture: some historic, wood‑framed buildings and some new, very modern
- Very Walkable – 86 walk score, most errands can be accomplished on foot (walkscore.com)
- Very Bikeable – 82 bike score, mostly flat, good bike lanes (walkscore.com)
- The ever‑present, awe‑inspiring water views
It shows up on many lists, confirming what we locals already know. Portland is a great city where people of all ages can afford an active, healthy lifestyle and enjoy a wide range of cultural and outdoor activities in a scenic environment.
Portland is a beautiful city situated on Casco Bay. Its many distinct neighborhoods have unique personalities. Commercial Street and the Old Port are the historic waterfront and commercial heart of the city. Their many warehouses attest to a trading past. The West End is full of large, historic brick and stone homes on quiet, tree‑lined streets. Congress Street and the arts districts were once the retail downtown and today offer a mix of shopping, art and cultural destinations, professional space, and many restaurants. In Portland, beautiful outdoor spaces and parks are never far.
Portland’s high‑quality dining destinations have been featured in many publications including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe. From the gourmet offerings of our numerous James Beard Award nominees and winners to fresh lobsters and clams at an ocean front shack, you’ll love discovering the full range of dining opportunities. For those who prefer to do their own cooking, twice‑weekly farmer’s markets and a wide range of ethnic food stores provide both the supplies and the inspiration.
- Sebago Lake, Maine: 30 minutes
- Kennebunk, Maine: 40 minutes
- Portsmouth, New Hampshire: 50 minutes
- Newburyport, Massachusetts: 1 hour 10 minutes
- North Conway, New Hampshire: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Sunday River, Maine: 1 hour 40 minutes
- Camden, Maine: 1 hour 40 minutes
- Boston, Massachusetts: 1 hour 50 minutes
- Sugarloaf, Maine: 2 hours 30 minutes
- Burlington, Vermont: 4 hours
- Montreal, Quebec: 5 hours
- New York City: 5 hours 20 minutes