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Old 04-29-2014, 08:07 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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If you want a less expensive dense Urban environment near Portland, then Lewiston is the next best option. It is considerably cheaper than Portland and about a 30-40 minute drive depending on your starting and ending point, but it isn't coastal and is gritty in parts.

Brunswick is about the same distance as Lewiston, give or take 5 minutes, has a nice downtown, is coastal, but is about as expensive as Portland.

Saco or Biddeford may be a good compromise but I'm not very familiar with their downtown areas.
I've seen some tempting prices there, but aesthetics are very important to me, and the consensus on Lewiston is out until I see it myself I think.

Additionally, I'm originally from southern California, where a minimum of 45 minutes one way of bumper to bumper traffic to get to work was the norm for years. And now living in Michigan, I also realize that a winter commute will be longer than the summer one...in short I'm just not wanting to commute again. 20 minutes would be my absolute max.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Portland, ME
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I think you'll be the happiest if you concentrate on the peninsula then. You'll most likely be wanting to drive into the city for entertainment anyway, so you might as well just be in the city. I live on the western end of the peninsula, about a 10-15 minute walk downtown depending on where I'm going, and I don't think I could find a better bang for my buck to be honest.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I think you'll be the happiest if you concentrate on the peninsula then. You'll most likely be wanting to drive into the city for entertainment anyway, so you might as well just be in the city. I live on the western end of the peninsula, about a 10-15 minute walk downtown depending on where I'm going, and I don't think I could find a better bang for my buck to be honest.
A lot of the West End looks really pretty...if I had my druthers it would be to live there on the side closer to downtown. But I'd take just about anywhere on the peninsula really. I've seen places around $1k with utilities included that looked decent to me. Of course the same price gets you something much nicer the further out you go...I guess I'll really know when I take my trip out there before I move. Nothing replaces being there.
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:10 AM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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I think you should just stay with in Portland as well. Keep checking for the old port new things open up every month. West end and east end are considered in town by every one I know. also do not under estimate utilities included! Especially after a winter like this one. Also it's only the 1st year , if you find something only ok... You can find the perfect place next year.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:08 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I think you should just stay with in Portland as well. Keep checking for the old port new things open up every month. West end and east end are considered in town by every one I know. also do not under estimate utilities included! Especially after a winter like this one. Also it's only the 1st year , if you find something only ok... You can find the perfect place next year.
Right. I'm not expecting the best in my first year, as in that year I'll be getting to know the area better and will hopefully be able to make a more informed decision after my 1st lease is up. And I'm definitely looking to get utilities included!
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:30 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Bummer bummer bummer...everything fell through. Not moving to Maine now! May still work for them remotely however.

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who gave advice...I want to visit Maine now at least!

Best regards to all from Michigan...
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