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Old 01-05-2014, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Keystone State
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I am looking at a possible relocation to (downtown) Portland in July/August 2014.

I am particularly interested in pet friendly apartment living for 55 y/o and over residents. My price range is $500-$700 (higher end with heat included) for a studio or 1 bedroom. My dog is a 4 y/o silky terrier under 20 lbs, neutered & up to date with shots.

I have done some research, but I would like to hear from anyone now living in an apartment in Portland or has lived there within the past year or two.

1) If not too personal a question: What is/was your monthly rent, pet fee, utilities (electric, heat, water, etc.)

2) Parking: Is there a fee? Is it included in the rent? Is it covered parking, reserved, lot, or street parking? If it's street parking, how difficult is it to find a space? Is it true that there is a high number of break-ins?

3) Noise level from neighbors, street, etc. (tolerable-ridiculously loud-quiet?)

4) Laundry facilities: hook ups in apartment, in apartment building or laundromat within close proximity

5) Is my price range realistic?


Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Portland, ME
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Well first things first, unless you can find and qualify for something heavily subsidized, you won't find anything in that price range downtown that is habitable. Danforth on High is a housing development that may fit your requirements if you qualify. The location is great and it's brand new construction.

If you don't qualify, you will need to look outside of downtown or raise your budget to around 850-1050.

I pay about $40-50 a month for electricity, about $30-$100 for heat, have 2 cats, and have parking included for $850, but I live in the St John/Valley St area. Unfortunately I do not have laundry on site. Road noise is pretty high because it's a high traffic area, but not bad in the winter when windows are closed or in the summer when AC is on. Water is also included and I have no pet fee, though that is always up to the landlord.

I've never had a problem with break-ins but I know people who have, as well as people who have been hit and run. Portland is a city so it has city problems, but downtown is extremely walkable.

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Old 01-05-2014, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Keystone State
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Thank you PHX! Great info!
Actually in the line of work I'm currently in (nonprofit-direct service) I may qualify for subsidized housing.


One more question to add for you or others:

Anyone car free and use the following services: Metro service (great-good-bad, etc.)? U Car?
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