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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In Manhattan

May 22, 2013

Susan asks…

I am planning on moving to California. What are some good cities to live in?

I want one where I can live somewhere without alot of crime, L.A. would be good (but has alot of crime), what are good neighborhoods in L.A. that arent expensive (apartments) but im not living in the ghetto?
In the cities you give me, where should I live?

Administrator answers:

The south bay area is nice such as Torrance, PV, redondo/Manhattan/hermosa beach area is nice, suburban and quiet also the police here do their job. Stay away from gardena/Carson/Hawthorne, it may be cheap to live there but it definitely is ghetto. I think Torrance is ur safest bet, cheap plus has freeways surrounding it.

George asks…

I am moving to Los Angeles, CA in june this year and I haven’t quite figured out where would be a nice area LA?

I am looking for an apartment from around $600 to $1500 not far from a nice beach also not too far from the city and nightlife. Not a suburb?

Administrator answers:

Your questions assume that LA is like back east, where you drive for 15 minutes and you are in quiet suburbs and small towns. LA is different. If you drive 15 minutes in LA, you have gone 4 blocks. And the “city” extends for 100 miles in every direction. You are never more than 3 blocks from a McDonald’s or a Starbucks.

We see this every day in this forum: Everyone wants to move here, and 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 need good schools, add a couple hundred bucks a month on top of it.

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-war zone is about $1,000-$1,200 per month for a studio or 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.

“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, Eagle Rock, Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Granada Hills, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, Chatsworth.

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.

Maria asks…

Cost to live on outskirts of New York City?

Im a fresh graduate, simple as that
places right out side
how much does it cost to live?

Administrator answers:

I’ve been there. Look into Astoria in Queens- you can get away with a safe, nice apartment there for $700-$800 with a roommate there if you look well. Alot of fresh graduates end up there.

Jersey City is getting better and you can find some good deals. Hoboken is getting more expensive but its a great area right out of college.

Do NOT look further out of Manhattan then Hudson County in Jersey or Brooklyn/Queens/the Bronx. Your commuting costs ($200 for a monthly railroad or bus ticket), time, and frustration with your lack of social life will negate any savings.

For the City itself:

UES on the Harlem border – a small walk up with roommates will run you between $800-$1000. Under 100th st and 3rd (or west of that) is perfectly safe. Under 105th st starts to get sketchy. Do not go above that. UWS around Columbia is also a cheap, borderline sketchy area, but many students live up there. I don’t know much about it.

Nancy asks…

If I wanted to find an apartment in New York?

I haven’t ever been to New York. I would Love to live there. What are some good neighborhoods to look for a place. the cheaper the better.
P.S. I want to live on the island not around it.
Long island.

Administrator answers:

Which island?? Long island, staten island, manhattan island, Roosevelt island.

Mark asks…

What will be the price of a flat in manhatten? Flat must be cheap at cost ?

Tell me the cost of 1000sq.ft flat or less than it.

Administrator answers:

Manhattan is the most expensive area in the United States. That being said, a 1000 square foot apartment could be well over $10,000,000 in the upper east side or $350,000 in Harlem. It is so huge and varied there is not an answer to this question. When you say “cheap cost” do you mean cheap for your salary, cheap for Manhattan, or cheap compared to the rest of the country?

For example, my house is worth $130,000 in a rural area (which is expensive for here), cheap for a metro area, and in Manhattan housing of this price is non-existent.

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