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Old 06-28-2010, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Eastport Maine
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Hi every one, been awhile, but here goes. I have lived in Eastport, in washington county for 5 years, to which I relocated from Mass. Although it is beautiful country, I find it way, way too remote for me. I miss being near resources etc. My problem, is that an injury forced me into early retirement, and disibility. I pay $500 a month rent, but want to move down to Portland area. I am used to the privacy of a house, and don't want an apartment. I have been on the sec 8 waiting list for what seems like forever, and I don't know how much more I can take up here! Am I in fantasy land hoping I can find a house to rent for Under $700 in the Portland area? I am an Ultra responsible tenant..... Thanks all!
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:45 AM
 
Location: portland, me
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Renting an apartment for $700 is possible, a house is not. There are many apartments available in nice neighborhoods that only have a few units in them. I wouldn't really be concerned about the privacy factor. By living in Portland, I think you give up a little privacy anyways.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Maine
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We just signed a lease for a home in Portland (well, actually I guess it's more like a condo.) We looked at Craigslist a lot and other sources, and for a home, I really don't think you'd find anything for $700.

Take a look around online and see what you can find. I just did a quick search of craigslist and saw 1 bedroom apartments for $700 or less. How far out of the city would you be willing to go? That might be the only way.
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Eastport Maine
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Thanks everyone for the advice. I peruse Craigslist myself. I really don't want to be right in the city, 30 miles or lass out would do. i like country living, but don't want to have to drive 2-3 hours to get to something besides a Walmart, like I have to do here! I will keep looking.....
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Maine
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That makes a huge difference, then! It woul be easier to find what you're looking for, presuming you're looking for a 1-2 bedroom house, further out.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: portland, me
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Up to 30 miles out gives you a huge chunk of land to look at. Biddeford is only 20 miles south of Portland. New Gloucester is about 25 miles north. Freeport is under 20 to the NE. Gorham is about 10 miles to the west. This should help you visualize the area a bit better when looking at a map.

I'd try to find the town(s) with the amenities that you want (stores, etc.) and go from there. Portland has some killer traffic so driving into and out of the city isn't always fun nor quick.
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:06 AM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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Portland has some killer traffic so driving into and out of the city isn't always fun nor quick.

Really? Seriously? KILLER traffic? Me thinks you ought to get out of state more often.
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Maine
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No kidding! Compared to when I grew up in the area I do understand it's worse now, but in the whole scheme of things, Portland dos not have traffic that bad.
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:48 PM
 
Location: portland, me
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Really? Seriously? KILLER traffic? Me thinks you ought to get out of state more often.
Well I'm not from Maine so I think I understand what I'm talking about here. Also I drive for the bus company so I'm in it everyday.

Let's take today for example... a train broke down while crossing Woodford's Corner. It didn't start moving until some 20 minutes later. That means that traffic is now backed up all the way down Forest Ave into downtown. The same train later broke down again on Congress near St. John causing another huge traffic pile up. Cars backed up all the way to Westgate. When it takes me more than 20 minutes to drive across town (less than 5 miles) I consider that to be pretty bad.
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Old 06-30-2010, 03:06 AM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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Well I'm not from Maine so I think I understand what I'm talking about here. Also I drive for the bus company so I'm in it everyday.

Let's take today for example... a train broke down while crossing Woodford's Corner. It didn't start moving until some 20 minutes later. That means that traffic is now backed up all the way down Forest Ave into downtown. The same train later broke down again on Congress near St. John causing another huge traffic pile up. Cars backed up all the way to Westgate. When it takes me more than 20 minutes to drive across town (less than 5 miles) I consider that to be pretty bad.
I understand your thoughts and am sympathetic to yesterdays issues with the train break downs causing traffic back ups. However this is not a daily occurrence, and hardly warrants a warning to all considering a move here that Portland has a killer traffic issue. It's Portland MAINE, not Atlanta, Los Angeles, Detroit, nor downtown Manhattan. It's all relative my friend.
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