Overview of Gorham Maine
Neighboring Westbrook to the west, Gorham is historically a rural town in the Greater Portland area. Like many towns in the area, Gorham, Maine is made up of a town center, or village area, with a sprawled out surrounding community. It is about a 20-minute drive from Gorham to any home or condo in downtown Portland, making it a convenient location to find a new home.
During recent years, Gorham's short commute to Portland has caused it to become more developed as a suburban community, although in years past Gorham had a large industrial infrastructure. First called Narragansett Number 7, was one of seven townships granted by the Massachusetts General Court to soldiers (or their heirs) who had fought in the Narragansett War of 1675, also called King Philip's War. The land was first settled in 1736 by Captain John Phinney and his family, followed in 1738 by Hugh McLellan and Daniel Mosher. By 1743, the first sawmill was established by John Gorham at Little River. Without window-glass, the first dwellings were constructed of logs chinked with moss and clay.
Gorham currently has a much smaller industrial infrastructure than it did in the earlier years. The majority of Gorham's industry is based along the border with Westbrook, and many of the mills that formerly existed along the Presumpscot River are now under water, flooded with the construction of the Dundee Dam.
In recent decades Gorham has increased in popularity as a bedroom community of Portland. Its residents and town officials have been confronted with various issues related to managing suburban growth in a historically rural town.
Gorham Historical Housing Statistics
The Gorham, Maine housing market for residential real estate saw a total of 215 residential homes and condos sell in 2012 compared with 170 in 2011. The median sales price in 2012 was $229,000 compared with $225,000 in 2011 making Gorham real estate much more cost effective than homes in Portland.
Gorham Housing Data
Gorham Schools and Education Overview
"The Gorham Schools are committed to the belief that all students will find success in school" This is from the Gorham School District website and shows the commitment for all students to have success in school, which will in turn lead to success later in life. Those looking to buy a home are encouraged to take a look at the schoold district's websites.
Useful School Links
Recreation in Gorham, ME
The University of Southern Maine is one of the state’s oldest and most renowned institutions. Founded in 1878, the college has put out some very famous people such as Tony Shalhoub, who studied Theatre at the school. Because the Gorham campus is home to most sporting fields and gyms, owning Gorham or even Westbrook real estate allows residents to enjoy the many events and games throughout the year.