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Old 06-26-2018, 06:04 AM
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My boyfriend and I are considering moving to Maine in the near future. We are both from VT and in our upper 20s. Right now the job opportunities in Vermont aren’t looking good and based on our searches online there seems to be more in maine. We are hoping to stay on the southern east side of Maine but would love any insight for the best places to live for a young couple. We are hoping to rent and stay below $1200 in a place that is pet friendly. We would love to be near a body of water if possible or a short drive. Right now we live 10 miles from downtown Burlington which has an awesome Main Street and shops so something similar to that would be great. We have both visited Maine many times but never with the idea of living there so all the information on what it’s like from a locals perspective would be awesome. He works for Comcast as a technician and i am a teacher.
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Old 06-26-2018, 12:01 PM
Location: Portland, ME
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If he can transfer his job at Comcast I'd look at Yarmouth/Freeport/Brunswick/Topsham/Bath. Yarmouth is the closest to Portland but also the most expensive. It has a very quaint New England downtown. Freeport is north of Yarmouth and has a larger downtown with lots of shopping. Brunswick is north of Freeport and is the largest community in this list. There is a really nice downtown with a good mix of shopping and restaurants. The Comcast service center is also here. Topsham and Bath are a little further away but less expensive. Topsham is pretty sprawly with its enormous mall area, but there is a section near the Brunswick/Topsham line that is walkable. I don't know that much about Bath but it's the only city of the 4 and probably the least expensive.
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Old 06-28-2018, 09:20 AM
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What HTR said.

Bath is a nice town, though there are a few neighborhoods you'll want to avoid. The Brunswick Comcast center is actually east of town and probably closer to downtown Bath than downtown Brunswick. Bath is also actually on the water, whereas few places in Brunswick are.

Rental prices in Brunswick tend to be more expensive, thanks to Bowdoin College. You'll find better luck renting in the early summer when all the college kids have fled town.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:22 PM
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My wife and I both LOVE living in Portland. There is so much to do (restaurants, shows, breweries). The city is beautiful, right on the water. Easy to go kayaking, biking, running wherever you want to go. Whole city is very dog friendly with most stores placing water bowls on the sidewalks. Fair number of apartments are dog friendly.

We lived in Lewiston first for 5 months and didn't like it, not much going on. Portland is by far the best city I've lived in. We are 28 and have lived in upstate NY most our lives.

Port Property Management has a good website and they have 1000+ apartments in Portland/South Portland. I rented from them for 2 years and had a good experience. We had a ground floor 1-bedroom with a private entrance right across from a park in Portland. We paid $1050 a month with all utilities included. Summer is a tough time to find a rental but it will be easier in the off season.

The cheapest rents I've seen from them are around $850-900 for a small studio, usually with all utilities included (even basic wifi). They'd be a solid option to contact if these prices aren't too high.
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