Best Views in and around Portland: Insider Picks

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty: These real estate pros know Greater Portland inside and out. We chat with them at their Old Port office to find out what they think are the area’s most beautiful views.

“The view of the city from the deck at Saltwater Grille in South Portland is by far the most breathtaking because you have everything in your sightline. There are marinas with a variety of boats; you look across the bay and have a vista of the entire city, the bridge, the ferries. It is facing west and the sunsets are spectacular with the different cloud formations. I also love taking out-of town guests to the Top of the East at the Westin for the 360-degree view. It’s such a surprise and delight for people to be able to see our beautiful city from that perspective.”-Mary Jo Cross, senior vice president

I’ve got two: Sitting at Dockside Restaurant in Falmouth as the sun is setting, especially on nights when there’s sailboat racing and you’re watching the boats go in and out of the harbor. If I’m going out for a run, I love crossing the Washington Avenue bridge and seeing Back Cove in the early evening light.”-Melissa McKersie, vice president

“My favorite views are of Casco Bay, and it could be anywhere along the foreside as long as there are water and islands in the backdrop.” -Tim Kennedy, vice president

“I’m from a small town, so I enjoy the low-key hustle and bustle of the city, views of the Old Port at dusk, and the cozy feeling of walking down the brick sidewalks seeing the lights in the trees during the holidays” -Dana Whitney, director of marketing

My favorite view is from Cumberland Foreside. It’s a protected cove, and you can see the lovely islands and the lights of Portland … for me it’s a very magical experience when you can have views like this that seem so pristine, protected and quiet, and you’re within 20 minutes of the city. There aren’t that many cities where you have such easy access to places like this, where you can sit on a dock and watch the beach grass just flow in the tide.” -Lois Lengyel, vice president

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