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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In America

June 9, 2013

Charles asks…

Why doesn’t North America Start building more inorganic houses verses organic homes?

In most other counties they build inorganic homes which save a lot of energy as far as heating and cooling. They last a lot longer. The floors are usually ceramic tile and then carpet which is easy to clean and more sanitary. Inorganic homes only have one flaw which is the roof. They are useally two heavy. but that can be fixed easilly. Inorganic material means brick, metal or cinder blocks ect. Where organic material means anything that used to be alive like wood or plastic ect.

Administrator answers:

Id like to see the country making a single family home from inorganic materials-id love to live in it–its due to cost mostly-that’s why you only see inorganic materials used in large apartments–if we all went to inorganic homes i think it would do a lot more harm to the earth trying to dig up all the raw materials-and you would have to dig. Another reason is if there’s an earthquake brick and mortar crumbles unless its reinforced with steel- look at what it does in the middle east when ever there’s an earth quake-wood is a renewable resource easy to transport and cheaper.

Ruth asks…

What country in Latin America is the cheapest for US citizens and Mexican citizens ?

Administrator answers:

LOL ..hatred…hatred ..hatred…LOL it shows..and if it’s not hatred, then it’s just plain IGNORANCE
you pick..or maybe it’s both!!!!

The cheapest country in Latin America is:

Paraguay – according to the Cost of Living Survey conducted by Mercer annually, is the hidden gem of South America, Paraguay. Your monthly rent in your downtown apartment will set
you back only $150 and the price for a night at a nice, clean hotel is an astonishing $5. Want more crazy prices? Beer is .60 cents while a meal in a restaurant consisting of salad and steak will cost you $3. Want to live like a king? Your dollars will go the farthest here, giving it the title of Cheapest Country in the World.


Jenny asks…

Where in Tennerife should I move to?

I currently live in Leeds, UK and winter is fastly approaching so Im hoping to move to tennerife until its warm again. I have about £800 saved and was wondering if anyone knew where the best place in tennerife would be to live for a few months.

Any information on cheap flights, cheap apartments, jobs etc would be much appreciated

Administrator answers:

Don’t want to put a downer on it for you but unemployment is high here at the moment, 28% of the population are unemployed so finding a job is going to be very very difficult. £800 would last you about a month. Any apartment you go for will cost you one months rent and one months deposit, the average rent is about 450€ a month so that’s your £800 gone before you start. That would be for an apartment out of town too so then you have to pay for transport to get to Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas. The only work that is available seems to be telesales and is commission based and not many people like cold callers. If I were you I’d think carefully about your move, the grass isn’t always greener.

George asks…

What are the wealthiest Boston suburbs?

I am looking to move to this area and rent a small place in an affluent suburb. I want an area with great restaurants, commuting and a suburb feel.

Administrator answers:

Well first, I am going to assume that Hank hasn’t been to Needham lately, as it has turned into a hotbed of small, excellent restaurants. I also think many folks don’t realize how many places in some of the burbs are indeed rentals. Ironically I ended up in Metro West because I couldn’t find anything I considered nice enough to rent in Newton or Brookline, which are far more urban suburban than suburban. After renting a very lovely 1890′s farmhouse (that I would bet anyone driving by assumed I owned), I ended up buying a home when the owner sold to a builder without giving me an option to buy (GRRRRRRR). But having lived in a Boston highrise since college, I needed to make sure I liked it out here.

Anyway, I wish you defined the area a little more beyond ‘wealthy” since there are many well to do burbs out here. But based on what you said I would suggest a fairly different list.

I’d look at Newton, Needham, Marina Bay in Quincy at the top of the list. For sheer affluence there is Wellelsley, Dover, Carliesle, Westwood and Belmont, but rentals are harder to find out there and the majority of them would be large houses. And personally I feel Belmont is no where near as nice as it should be for the pricing.

The 3 I choose have different selling points so I’ll explain so you can see what sounds like what you are looking for. Newton has the advantage of being on the T versus the commuter rail. That runs far more frequently, significantly later and is cheaper. It is closer to Boston, although some parts of it are farther out, more suburban. It is filled with towns by section and many have some very good restaurants. It’s been named the safest place to live in America twice (but bet that’s gone up as they had a couple freak murders this year, but it’s still VERY safe). Just be warned rentals are hard to find and are not always well maintained. As I said I coudln’t find one to my liking but it’s all timing and luck.

The next town over is Needham on one side (Wellesley on an other). Needham has the most commuter options, as there are 4 commuter rail stops, a bus that goes near Boston, and has several exits on the highway so it’s very accessible. It is a smaller town with less stores, and it is a more suburban town, very pretty, and for it’s size there are now a very good amount of very places to dine (over a dozen, not counting the pancake place, the Starbucks, the 2 Dunkin Donuts or about half dozen pizza places lol).

The most ‘happening’ suggestion is Marina Bay, which is on the Quincy waterfront. It’s a self contained community that has many rentals, as well as condos/homes. There is a smaller town area with fewer restaurants/clubs, but everything there is lovely and generally excellent. It’s also on the T. The downside is the rest of Quincy isn’t that nice, so there is a stark difference. Also I am not sure I would call it a real suburban area, but it’s close. It has a lot of young professionals, more nightlife than most burbs, and is a fun area.

If there is anything specific you want (such as waterfront versus pretty), modern apartment complex versus private home rentals, etc. Please specify. Also I hope you will have a car for personal transportation. If not that would really limit the areas as most are easy to commute to Boston but hard to get around beyond that.

Also ask if you need suggestions of how to find rentals, or anything else. Hope this helped!

ETA: So you wouldn’t be confused I wanted to clarify what a MA “dry” town is. Although it varies per town, most allow liquor as long as there is food served in the establishment. So you are missing liquor stores and bars, which are always somewhere very close, and the bars in those restaurants often are quite lively. And you can almost always get a nice wine with dinner.

Donald asks…

If Moscow is the most expensive city, how can Russians live there?

I think about those people earning the Russian average wage ($300 a month).I would like to understand how they can afford living in Moscow.

Administrator answers:

1. The average Moscow wage is much higher, most people I know are making 800-1200 a month. They don’t pay hardly any taxes on that so its take home pay.

2. You don’t need to own a car and public transport is cheap.

3. Most average folk own their apartments outright from the good ole days so they pay no rent. Or they rent a flat and split it which run from about $600 a month for a 450 sq ft studio.

4. Most utilities are free or heavily subsidized. This carries over to rather cheap food as well.

5. They are frugal to the extreme.

The “most expensive standard” is based on similar living standards. They don’t live in nice homes like we do in America, and their new condos are on par with New York prices. In other words they don’t live to the same standard we are accustomed to.

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