For city residents, the word “Rosemont” is likely to conjure up images of freshly baked breads and ripe produce found at the so-named markets that have popped up around the city.
But the markets’ name comes from the neighborhood of its original store, which has since moved into a bigger space across the street but remains a popular spot for residents picking up a quick snack or ingredients for dinner.
Surrounding Stevens Avenue, from Congress Street to Woodford Street, and Brighton Avenue, from Capisic Pond to the railroad tracks just before St. John Street, Rosemont is a neighborhood mostly made up of single-family homes.
The neighborhood also encompasses most of the area known as Deering Highlands, a hill between Brighton Avenue and Woodford Street with stately houses, some designed by notable architects, including John Calvin Stevens.
Nearly two-thirds of housing units are owner-occupied, making it one of the least popular neighborhoods for renters. The average market-rate rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,310, below the city average, but few are advertised and they’re mostly in the area of Woodfords Corner, near its boundary with the more renter-heavy Oakdale neighborhood.
Its 2013 household median income of $68,517, when adjusted for inflation, was the highest of any tract in the city. It’s also the neighborhood with the highest concentration of native Maine residents, at over 60 percent.
With more dog owners than all but one other section of the city, residents gather at Capisic Pond park and cross paths along the trails, as well as at wine tastings at Rosemont Market.
The park is also the site of an annual neighborhood Easter egg hunt. In the summer, kids flock to Kenilworth Street, where a blow-up waterslide is bound to appear.
We asked Portlanders to describe their neighborhoods, and these are the words they used.
My neighborhood is a comfortable place that's probably best known for being affordable. The people who live here are friendly. Our favorite neighborhood business is Rosemont Market & Bakery and when we have spare time we like to visit Capisic Pond Park for fun. Our neighborhood's best-kept secret is probably how many dogs we have.
My neighborhood is a poorly defined place that's probably best known for Rosemont Market & Bakery. The people who live here are a mix of old and young, rich and poor. Our favorite neighborhood business is Rosemont Market & Bakery and when we have spare time we like to visit Capisic Pond for fun. Our neighborhood's best-kept secret is probably Jewell Falls.
My neighborhood is a beautiful place that's probably best known for historic houses. The people who live here are friendly. Our favorite neighborhood business is Artist & Craftsman Supply and when we have spare time we like to visit neighbors for fun. Our neighborhood's best-kept secret is probably gardens.
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© 2015 MaineToday Media | Originally published Dec. 29, 2015