This month’s RE/MAX Around New England takes a look at Windham, ME.
Just ten minutes west of Portland on the coast of the Sebago Lake, scenic Windham, ME provides a perfectly balanced historic and modern culture, ideal for sight seeing, recreation, dining, and more. Incorporated in 1762 by farmers, Windham retains an agricultural heritage, with clean air, plenty of outdoor space, and lakeside beaches. However, Windham is also home to more than 250 businesses, attracting both local artisans and national companies with a low tax burden and thriving commercial center.
Windham is a great place for families, ranked the “Best Place to Raise Kids” in Maine by Bloomberg Businessweek, in part due to low crime rates, excellent school systems, and a diverse mix of recreational activities, such as hiking and biking trails, water sports, and a skate park. Families also flock to the Maine Wildlife Park, which hosts a variety of exotic animals, from lynxes to bald eagles. Young professionals can find enjoyment in Windham, too, with arts and music festivals nearly every weekend in the summer months and plenty of bars and restaurants for a night out on the town.
For this issue of RE/MAX Around New England, we spoke with Tom Noonan of RE/MAX Allied.
1. What is the median price of a Single Family home?
The median price for a single family home in Windham with two bedrooms and two baths is approximately $200,000.
2. What is the public transportation system like?
In Windham most people get around by biking, walking, or driving. There are no buses or trains.
3. What is access to major highways like?
Windham is just ten miles away from Portland, Maine’s largest city, and it’s very easy to get there. The Maine Turnpike is a scenic three mile drive from the center of town.
4. How are the school systems in the area?
Many residents have relocated to Windham for the excellent school system, which is ranked in Newsweek’s Top 2000 in the Country. At the high school level, students are encouraged to engage in creative thinking and problem solving, and exposed to theater and the arts. The high school also offers career planning services and internship opportunities. Also located nearby is Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, which is a Catholic liberal arts college, which offers more than 40 majors, minors and partnership programs.
5. Who is attracted to this area?
There is no typical Windham resident. Situated on Lake Sebago with miles of hiking and biking trails and a myriad of recreational opportunities, people of all ages who enjoy the great outdoors are drawn to Windham. There is a vibrant senior community, with an active senior center, as well as a group of historians who appreciate the pre-revolution architecture.
6. Total population?
Windham has a population of almost 14,900.
7. Average age of population?
Reflecting the diverse population of Windham, the average age is 39 years-old.
Tom’ Five Faves in Windham:
1. Favorite Dining Establishment: Conveniently located on the 302, the award-winning Buck’s Naked BBQ can’t be missed! From the hilarious mascot Buck, a pig in an apron, to the extensive menu options, and delicious drinks, Buck’s Naked BBQ will transport you from Maine straight to the south. And with numerous salad options, Buck’s is sure to please just about everyone.
2. Favorite Place for a Stroll: After a day of shopping, drive just four miles down the 302 to Tassel Top Park, where sandy beaches along Lake Sebago await you! If you feel like a swim, there’s a secured swimming area as well as a fully stocked snack shack. Or disappear into the pines and hardwoods on a guided foot trail, complete with benches for rest and meditation.
3. Best Hidden Gem: DonnaBeth Lippman Memorial Park is a new acquisition for Windham Parks and Recreation. Since 2011, residents have been able to enjoy 123 acres of wetlands and woodlands perfect for fishing or snowshoeing. There is also a 10 acre pond on the grounds.
4. Best Place to Get a Pizza: Since 1953, Pat’s Pizza has served up mouthwatering slices of pizza. A favorite with University of Maine students, Pat’s Pizza has a full service bar, pasta, sandwiches, and tempting starters, such as buffalo bites and waffle fries. Pat’s is great for the family, with a kid’s menu and affordable prices.
5. Best Ice Cream Establishment: April in Windham means the start of baseball season, and the start of ice cream, too! The Ice Cream Dugout is a family owned business that celebrates baseball and ice cream, serving more than 60 flavors of ice cream and yogurt, as well as baseball themed sundaes and drinks. You can enjoy your treat inside with the baseball game on TV, or step outside to the patio.
To learn more about Windham, ME please contact Tom Noonan of RE/MAX Allied.
909 Roosevelt Trail
Windham, ME 04062