Our luxury 2 bedroom apartment on Bramhall Square in the West End is just a short walk from Maine Medical, The Portland Museum of Art, Longfellow Square, The State Theater, and many exceptionally good restaurants, e.g., Miyake, Vinland, Boda, Hot Suppa, etc. We have a new kitchen and full bathroom, and the bedrooms are furnished with lovely new Sleigh Beds. The living room has one westerly window plus two facing the south, in addition to a large skylight adorning the cathedral ceiling.
The West End started out as a park. When Europeans first arrived in what would become Portland in 1632, the western area was heavily forested and swampy—neither buildable nor protected. The forest might provide cover to potential invaders, so settlers went to work clearing the land. The open field then served as grounds where residents walked, picnicked, and went bird hunting.
In the mid-nineteenth century, as the maritime and rail trades flourished, the neighborhood saw the rise of its first mansions. But it wasn’t until the Great Fire of 1866 cut a swath through the city that the West End became recognizable for what it is today. Portland’s motto, Resurgam, “I shall rise again,” pays homage to the construction boom that happened in the blaze’s wake.
In the last ten years, the neighborhood has had another resurgence, one in which Longfellow Square serves as a culinary destination and students speak 29 languages at Howard C. Reiche Community School. And while the historic distinction means there’s a watchful eye on what homeowners can or cannot do—something residents consider both a blessing and a curse—there is one thing that no one’s arguing over: the West End remains one of the best-preserved Victorian neighborhoods in the country.
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I am a retired real estate attorney. My wife, a registered nurse, and I have been married 46 years and have two grown kids. Our 37 year old son moved to Portland, Maine a number of years ago so we purchased this apartment so that we would not bother him when we come to visit. He is a very talented chef so our visits with him are fun AND delicious. We also have a home in Venice, Italy, so please look at that listing, too! (I am the first generation American son of a Venetian merchant).