The city has a rich history that is well preserved in its 19th century architecture. Formerly a lumber economy, Bangor is the city that the famed Derry—the setting of many Stephen King novels and stories—is based on. We’re still on the fence about whether or not that’s totally awesome or kind of creepy, or both. On a more delicious note, it is also the birthplace of brownies.

There are few similarities beyond geography between Stephen King’s novels and real-life Bangor. In fact, Bangor has the second lowest crime rate of all similarly sized American cities. You’d be hard pressed to find a traditionally dangerous neighborhood. However, the northeast portion of town along the river is fairly industrial and has a higher crime rate than other neighborhoods.

The type of rental you’re looking for will likely determine which Bangor neighborhood you’ll ultimately settle in. You’ll find mixed housing and developments in the city center and the surrounding neighborhoods. Many apartment rentals can be found in old historic buildings that can be quite drafty when temperatures drop below freezing (as the frequently do), but the innate Victorian charm will probably make up for that.

There are new apartment complexes, townhomes, rental homes and condominiums all located in the neighborhoods surrounding the city center. Some of these are fairly new and the apartments here reflect that with a price range from $700-$850 for a two bedroom. You can also occasionally find furnished apartments for rent in some of these locations.

Bangor is home to several institutes of higher education, and most of these college campuses have safe, quiet housing available for students and families alike. Many newer apartment buildings in these areas—particularly around Husson College to the northeast and Beal College to the southwest—will have studio apartments and short-term lease options available to fit any semester-centric need.

The farther north you go in Bangor, the more suburban and rural the neighborhoods will feel. There are also a lot of shopping centers to the north, so if you chose to relocate to this neighborhood you’ll be within a convenient distance to stores. Two bedrooms in this area go for $800-$1000.

Pet friendly apartments are fairly easy to come by in town. Some apartments may have limitations on the size or number of pets, or require an additional deposit, but overall you shouldn’t have too much trouble moving with your four-legged friends.

With that, welcome to Bangor, Maine! Bundle up and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Happy hunting!

-By Kera Zacuto

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