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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In Manhattan

May 13, 2013

William asks…

Where to stay cheap in New York City?

I’m looking to visit the big apple for the first time and stay for 3-4 days, specifically in Manhattan.
On this trip I am looking to have a private room for myself. I’ve stayed at some hostels before where we shared bath AND rooms, there were multiple people in each room. Is that the way with these hostels?
On this trip I am looking to have a private room for myself. I’ve stayed at some hostels before where we shared bath AND rooms, there were multiple people in each room. Is that the way with these hostels?

Administrator answers:

Craigslist temporary room or apartment rentals:

Manhattan:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/sub/

You get much better value if you get a temp rental in Queens or Brooklyn on the subway line and take the subway in to Manhattan.

Queens:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/que/sub/

Brooklyn:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/sub/

If you want a hotel in the middle of Times Square for under $100 night, here’s Hotel Carter:

http://www.carterhotel.com/

Warning: Hotel Carter is not always clean and you may have to clean your own room. It’s also noisy.

For more specific answers to you question, repost it on the message board “Wired New York,” the Q&A section. They know everything about Manhattan:

http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/

Charles asks…

Where is the cheapest, yet safest place to live in LA for an aspiring actor?

I’d like to move to LA and audition for some roles but I’d only like to spend about 700 a month on rent. Where should I live?

Administrator answers:

We see this every day in this forum: Everyone who wants to move here is looking for “cheap/affordable and safe”. However, such a place just doesn’t exist; the two terms are mutually exclusive. It’s all about supply and demand: If it’s in SoCal, then it’s not going to be cheap to begin with. If it’s a safe area, then it’s more expensive.

If you want to live here and enjoy the weather, then you have to pay for it. You put up with the smog and the traffic, enjoy the weather and pay your rent or mortgage. My advice is to start checking out craigslist, rent.com, and apartments.com if you are looking to rent. You’ll quickly see that the minimum rent for a non-ghetto place is about $1,000/$1,200 per month for a studio/1BR. Really nice areas (like the West LA area) easily run $3,000 or more. Want to live near the beach? Expect to pay a premium.

The answer to this really lies in the answer to the question, “Where do you work”? It’s not good at all to live in South Bay if you have a job in Pasadena. It’s stupid, in fact. The one thing that grinds people down more than anything here is the traffic. It’s the worst thing about living here. So rather than worrying about “cheap and safe”, your FIRST order of business should be getting a place close to your job. THEN you can worry about safety and price. But, to reiterate, nothing is cheap here.

One thing that many people just cannot grasp about LA is the sheer immenseness of this area. Around most cities, you have a central city area, some suburbs, and then spaces between cities. Around LA, there is a solid mass of urban, suburban, and commercial property that stretches for about 100 miles in every direction. From the air, you cannot tell where one city ends and another begins. Because of this urban sprawl, there is no line of demarcation where the housing prices drop steeply. 30 years ago, that line was around Corona, southern Orange County, and Simi Valley. Now it’s past Riverside, Palmdale, and western Santa Barbara county.

“LA” is such a big place, there are so many neighborhoods/cities where you can live. Of course, even within a city or neighborhood, there are safer sections and less-safe sections.
In Los Angeles, some nice sections are West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Los Feliz, Silverlake, and Eagle Rock. Palms and Mar Vista are pretty good, too. In the Valley(part of LA), you have Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Granada Hills, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, and Chatsworth. Glendale and Burbank are good places, and are incorporated cities of their own.

To the east: South Pasadena, parts of Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Glendora, San Dimas, Laverne, Azusa, Rancho Cucamonga.

Along the beach: Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rancho PV.

In Orange County aka “The OC”: Seal Beach , Huntington Beach , Newport Beach , Corona Del Mar , Laguna Beach , Dana Point , Capistrano Beach , San Clemente , Brea, Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest

To the west: Agoura, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Moorpark.

This is not an all-inclusive list, but it’s a start. If you want to see the safety and price factors, go to www.lalife.com. Also, the LA Times did a nice job of outlining all 277 neighborhoods in LA County: http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/. Time to get researching!

Joseph asks…

What are the safest areas to live in LA County?

What are the safest cities in LA County or districts of LA? And if you know of any specific apartment complexes that are cheap and in a safe area that would help to. And by safe I mean little crime, no gangs, not too busy, etc., etc.

Administrator answers:

We see this every day in this forum: Everyone who wants to move here is looking for “cheap/affordable and safe”. However, such a place just doesn’t exist; the two terms are mutually exclusive. It’s all about supply and demand: If it’s in SoCal, then it’s not going to be cheap to begin with. If it’s a safe area, then it’s more expensive.

If you want to live here and enjoy the weather, then you have to pay for it. You put up with the smog and the traffic, enjoy the weather and pay your rent or mortgage. My advice is to start checking out craigslist, rent.com, and apartments.com if you are looking to rent. You’ll quickly see that the minimum rent for a non-ghetto place is about $1,000/$1,200 per month for a studio/1BR. Really nice areas (like the West LA area) easily run $3,000 or more. Want to live near the beach? Expect to pay a premium.

The answer to this really lies in the answer to the question, “Where do you work”? It’s not good at all to live in South Bay if you have a job in Pasadena. It’s stupid, in fact. The one thing that grinds people down more than anything here is the traffic. It’s the worst thing about living here. So rather than worrying about “cheap and safe”, your FIRST order of business should be getting a place close to your job. THEN you can worry about safety and price. But, to reiterate, nothing is cheap here.

“LA” is such a big place, there are so many neighborhoods/cities where you can live. Of course, even within a city or neighborhood, there are safer sections and less-safe sections.
In Los Angeles, some nice sections are West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Los Feliz, Silverlake, and Eagle Rock. Palms and Mar Vista are pretty good, too. In the Valley(part of LA), you have Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Granada Hills, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, and Chatsworth. Glendale and Burbank are good places, and are incorporated cities of their own.

To the east: South Pasadena, parts of Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Glendora, San Dimas, Laverne, Azusa, Rancho Cucamonga.

Along the beach: Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rancho PV.

In Orange County aka “The OC”: Seal Beach , Huntington Beach , Newport Beach , Corona Del Mar , Laguna Beach , Dana Point , Capistrano Beach , San Clemente , Brea, Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest

To the west: Agoura, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Moorpark.

This is not an all-inclusive list, but it’s a start. If you want to see the safety and price factors, go to www.lalife.com. Also, the LA Times did a nice job of outlining all 277 neighborhoods in LA County: http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/. Time to get researching!

Mark asks…

Are there any cheap hotels in New York City?

I’m planning a trip to New York for spring break, and we’re driving from Wisconsin. Me and my parents all get our checks which are aboutt, 2,000 all together, plus the money they get from work and the money we have saved, which I don’t know how much it is. We’re not shopping like crazy, just sightseeing cause I’ve wanted to go since I was little and my life would be made going on this trip. :)

Administrator answers:

I would check Craigslist for vacation rentals here

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/vac/

it is specifically for Manhattan

As far as finding the cheapest I would suggest you give an exact date so the search for cheap hotels is narrowed down.

Also check out the woogo apartments

http://woogo.com/oldsite/default.aspx

They are full apartments you can rent for a decent price.

FYI for any hotel you book they will put a hold on whatever credit or debit card you use for the reservation. When I went back to visit I got hit with a $500 hold for a week for “incidentals”

Lisa asks…

Whats it like living in New York City?

I’ve been wanting to move to New York since i was a kid and im about at the age where i have to choose. So for all you New Yorkers tell me what you like and dislike. Talk about transportation, traffic, the people, finding a job, things to do, airports for when you travel, price on apartments in Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx. Also are you ever affected by crime?

Administrator answers:

Transportation- you have to take trains everywhere that can be irritating because there are creeps sometimes buts fine.
Traffic- in manhattan especially more towards the middle its crazy. Owning a car is very expensive and youll have to go to a parking building to park it sometimes.
The people- There are millions of people here. All of different kinds. Hope you don’t talk to strangers. They’re okay. But there are some weirdos, avoid them.
Finding a job- its open to oportunity find anything you like.
Things to do- shop, museums, and hanging out.
Price on apartments in Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx.-Its expensive but cheaper than living in a home
Also are you ever affected by crime? No but don’t go flaunting anything expensive. There are people who may try to take it.

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