Across its eponymous tidal basin from Portland’s peninsula, the Back Cove neighborhood is bound by Baxter Boulevard to the east and, to the west, Canco Road. It stretches north from Woodfords Corner to Washington Avenue.
Off the popular Back Cove walking trail is an enclave of apartments, but the neighborhood extends past Ocean Avenue and has side streets lined with single-family houses.
Just over a third of residents are renters, and the average cost of a two-bedroom apartment is $1,539, just below the city average.
At 45 years old, the median age is the highest of any neighborhood in the city, as is the per-capita income, which was $37,560 in 2013 when adjusted for inflation. It’s also the least diverse neighborhood at nearly 99 percent white.
The brainchild of former Mayor James Phinney Baxter around the turn of the century, the 3.5-mile walking trail offers views of the city skyline across the cove and connects to the Eastern Promenade over Tukey’s Bridge on Interstate 295.
Adjacent to the trail is the expansive Payson Park. With several sports fields and other amenities, it’s the site of recreational games and events.
The neighborhood is also home to Cheverus High School, a private Jesuit school.
We asked Portlanders to describe their neighborhoods, and these are the words they used.
My neighborhood is a lovely place that's probably best known for the cove. The people who live here are quiet. Our favorite neighborhood business is Borealis Bread and when we have spare time we like to visit Payson Park for fun. Our neighborhood's best-kept secret is probably Canco Woods.
My neighborhood is a leafy place that's probably best known for calm. The people who live here are social. Our favorite neighborhood business is Borealis Bread and when we have spare time we like to visit The peninsula for fun. Our neighborhood's best-kept secret is probably the cliffs behind Read Street.
My neighborhood is a safe place that's probably best known for Back Cove. The people who live here are decent. Our favorite neighborhood business is Big Sky Bakery and when we have spare time we like to visit Back Cove for fun. Our neighborhood's best-kept secret is probably my backyard.
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© 2015 MaineToday Media | Originally published Dec. 29, 2015