Brewer’s debut on the hottest towns list is also an outlier — the only town in the top 10 this year that’s not in the southern half of the state. The Penobscot County city of 9,000, across the Penobscot River from Bangor, had a 17.4% increase in home sales between 2019 and 2020. Its median sales price was up 17% from $160,000 in 2019 to $187,500. In 2020, 155 units were sold; 132 were sold in 2019.
Brewer was famous for its brick-making industry throughout the 19th century — most of the Back Bay and South End neighborhoods of Boston were constructed using bricks made in Brewer. Nowadays, it’s more of a location for people who work in Bangor, Maine’s third-largest city, and likely popular for the same reason Hampden, another Bangor-adjacent town, was as Maine’s hottest town of 2019.