Renting In Greater Portland — And Beyond

Moving to Southern Maine? Maine Properties Has a Home for You

With its urban and cultural center, charming Old Port, and incomparable dining, Portland, Maine has become one of the most livable cities on the East Coast. At the same time, the city’s cultural and coastal desirability, combined with market forces, has triggered a shift in the rental landscape.

The Portland Press Herald reported in a recent series investigating the rental shortage that the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Portland increased 40% between 2010 and 2015. In 2015, Portland rent was four times the national average increase. Today these surges have moderated, but those seeking the perfect rental continue to confront dwindling options, turning apartment hunting into a competitive sport.

Many have begun to look to Portland’s neighboring towns to settle down as a result of these challenges. In fact, just outside the urban vortex are communities with rich cultural and recreational opportunities, all offering unique characteristics of their own. New and newly renovated rentals and apartment complexes that are family- and singles-friendly can be found across Southern Maine, and their residents are recognizing many financial and other benefits, all while enjoying easy access to everything the city of Portland has to offer.

For those relocating to Maine from out of state or those seeking to downsize to an apartment or condo outside of the city, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Falmouth, and Yarmouth are counted among the top best places to live in Maine. They feature lauded school districts, diverse recreation, and welcoming communities near the city but with their own small-town atmosphere.

Lisbon maineThose looking to rent in Southern Maine would do well to look to Scarborough with its spacious landscapes and outdoor vistas, or to Gorham for its college town vibe. Saco-Biddeford boasts a burgeoning cultural scene and old mills which have been converted to retail, food, and art spaces. Westbrook has caught renters’ eyes for its renaissance of interest for potential residents. Community-minded Lisbon is an ideal spot for urban and rural lovers alike, while New Gloucester enjoys rolling farm land and a Shaker Village. All these Southern Maine communities are situated just outside the city near many major employers. And, their apartment complexes and rental homes are open to families, young business people, entrepreneurs, seniors, and singles, filling the critical void in the region when it comes to affordable accommodations.

Convenient, Contemporary, Affordable Living In a Maine Apartment Complex

Apartment buildings and villages, either multiple unit, single or half-houses, are an excellent living option with plenty of advantages to suit today’s tenant. For example, apartment complex residents never have to seek parking spots, they don’t worry about snow removal or lawn care, and most enjoy 24-hour emergency maintenance and worry-free security. They enjoy private and public outdoor spaces and recreational areas, and some renters choose properties with ocean views.

Many renters enjoy the financial benefits of living in a smaller space, with its lower rent, utilities and energy efficiency. Complexes provide convenient, contemporary spaces that are perfectly suited to tenants seeking new stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, and open, bright living spaces with high-end fixtures and modern amenities – details that are fundamental to many of Southern Maine’s new and recently renovated properties.

Maine Properties — Options for Renters In Maine’s
Most Desirable Locations

In 2017, we’re pleased to report that renting options are better than ever in this beloved area of the state. Those seeking to live in the Southern Maine, can look to Cumberland Foreside Village for an appealing property in a perfectly convenient location close to Portland employers and with its own charm. It’s pet friendly as well, and offers single-level living and spacious floor plans. Settle down in South Portland at the brand new Riverbrook Apartments, a property with a great location and a contemporary feel, close to I-95 and the city. Our Cressey Apartments offer a variety of locations and floorplans throughout the small college town of Gorham, including duplexes and town homes. Or, opt for Waterside Apartments in Westbrook, where tenants enjoy 4000 square feet of maintained sidewalks and access to walking trails and brooks. Those seeking a Maine Properties rental will also find one- and two-bedroom options, Old Port area living, duplexes and roomy family apartment options by major employers and close to colleges and universities, all with the flavor of a small town community. With these new and newly renovated properties across Greater Portland, renters can be sure they’ll find a space that fits perfectly.

Ready to make the move to Southern Maine? Wherever life takes you, you’ll find a home at a Maine Properties rental. Start here to find your perfect home or apartment – in Portland and beyond.