As a twin city to Saco, Biddeford is on the south side of Saco River with 21,000 residents and is a commercial hub of York County.   Seaside neighborhoods of Hills Beach, Biddeford Pools, Fortune Rocks & Granite Point are popular for residents and Biddeford has its own public school system with its Primary, Intermediate, Middle & High Schools. It is also home to the University of New England, a private university which includes Maine’s only medical school. Real estate in Biddeford ranges from oceanfront estates and homes in the Biddeford Pool, Fortune Rocks & Hills Beach area, to more affordable condos and homes near downtown or central Biddeford.

Walking, Biking & Driving


I-95 and US Route 1 run through Biddeford, as well as West Road, State Roads 208 & 9. Fortunes Rock Beach & the Rachel Carson National Refuge offer scenic spots for trails and walks, and the Saco Bay & River are great for kayaking, hiking, and snowshoeing.

The Scene


Biddeford has a charming Main Street, which is entered in the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the Biddeford City Theater and an emerging arts community driven by the non-profit Engine’s efforts. Every summer, the town holds La Kermesse, which is a 4-day festival celebrating Franco-American history with a parade, concert, dance and fireworks. The North Dam Mill and The Shops at Biddeford Crossing are recent developments with shops and restaurants. Fortunes Rock Beach and Rachel Carson National Refuge are popular destinations, along with Abenakee Golf Club, and Wood Island Lighthouse. Locals like Banded Horn Brewery, Palace Diner, Biscuits & Company, and Elements for restaurants and drinks. Biddeford also has the privilege of being so close to Kennebunkport and residents can enjoy the fabulous restaurants and entertainment that Kennebunkport has to offer.

Backstory


Biddeford can claim itself as one of the first European settlements in the U.S. in 1616. It was first incorporated as part of Saco in 1653. Its early history is similar to its neighbor, Saco. Lumber, cotton and textile mills were the crux of the economy throughout the 1800s and Biddeford’s history can still be seen throughout the mill buildings in the downtown area.