Welcome to Cape Elizabeth
A coastal dream, encompassing the best in waterfront living
At the entrance to Casco Bay is the seaside town of Cape Elizabeth. It’s just a short 8-mile drive into Portland, but it feels like a different world. From the sweeping views over the bay to the beautiful parks along the shoreline, Cape Elizabeth is truly a treasure for those looking for quiet, traditional Maine homes with character, history, and charm.
The city’s history dates to the early 17th century when Europeans first arrived in the area. Since then, it’s become an affluent community with a moderate tourism trade. It’s also the place for sailors, those who long to spend their time on the ocean.
Today, Cape Elizabeth is has a highly competitive real estate market, often with limited inventory. Estates and custom-built homes are common, though numerous historic properties (and a few new construction options) exist in the area. The most sought-after are typically charming New England-style homes with a view.
What to Love
- Oceanfront living at its best
- Conservation, green space, and a passion for the water
- Private, luxury homes and estates often with incredible views
Recognized for its natural beauty, Cape Elizabeth is the ideal location for those who love the ocean and all things outdoors. It's home to numerous historical sites, which creates a feeling of character and prestige, as does the beautiful homes in this area. The coastline trails make for the ideal way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, and many find watching the fishing boats come in enjoyable, too. Its proximity to Portland makes this area perfect for those who are looking to be close to it all.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Cape Elizabeth’s small-town feel lends itself to a few noted locally-owned restaurants. The Good Table is noted for its fine meals, including steaks and American cuisine, with a few Greek-inspired dishes added in. Do get a reservation. Once lobster season takes off, The Lobster Shack at Two Lights opens its doors. It's one of the best spots for seafood and lighthouse views. Sea Glass is another treasure with fresh breakfast options along with lunch and dinner specials, often using locally sourced foods.
Downtown Cape Elizabeth is home to several artisan shops and locally owned treasures. Other shopping options in the city include Alewives Brook Farm & Market and the Rosemont Bakery. There are always locally harvested products from land and sea and freshly-made goodies at these locations.
Things to Do
The historic downtown area of Cape Elizabeth is one of the reasons to live here. Yet, for many, it's the waterfront that creates fabulous things to do. Portland Head Light is one of the lighthouses in the area and the oldest in the state. Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse is another, both of which warn boats of the rocky shores of the city. Fort Williams Park is one of the largest in the area and the ideal place for a picnic or walking trails. Crescent Beach State Park is where many of the local lobster boats come in. However, the calm waters here are perfect for swimming and boating. The conservation trails are fantastic, too. Fishing is one of the big draws to this area.
The Purpoodock Club is an exceptional option for those who wish to golf. It is home to the Senior PGA Tour and features a clubhouse, practice areas for chipping, and a driving range.
The Cape Elizabeth School Department provides public education to residents in the city. Some of the area’s schools include:
Pond Cove Elementary School, Grades K to 4
Cape Elizabeth Middle School, Grades 5 to 8
Cape Elizabeth High School, Grades 9 to 12