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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In Manhattan

May 29, 2013

Donald asks…

What are the cheapest city’s to live in LA County?

For an apartment?

It’ll be like 5 of us teenagers splitting the costs.
I will NEVER live in ghetto hood aka Compton lol…

I’m thinkin like $1000 or less cheap.

Administrator answers:

Hun sorry but the prices in LA even in the bad areas our way over your thousand dollar budget. My friend pays 1570.00 for a two bedroom that is nothing special at all, just not in a gang area. Use to get an idea of rents, look in Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Some parts of Culver City is ok, some parts of Venice and Santa Monica are ok.
Once you see a listing, use google maps, realtime view to see the actual looks down the street of the address you put in, if they put a yellow little person charicter on the map where your looking, thats what you click on to see actual pictures going down the street. But honestly, 1000.00 rents went away years and years ago to live in a safe area. I do wish you luck though!!

Ruth asks…

What are some good apartments in the Bronx or Manhattan?

1. My salary is 60,000
2. I want a really big bedroom only 1 is good
3. Wood floors
4. Safe Neighborhoods

Administrator answers:

Hello – here are some properties in the Bronx and Manhattan with apartments that might be of interest:



You can contact them through those web pages to set up tours and inquire about the rental process.

Hope this helps…good luck!

Daniel asks…

Where should a 18 year old live in New York City?

I’m looking to move to New York city and was wondering what are some fun and safe neighborhoods for a 18 year old to live? I cant really afford manhattan but would like to live close to manhattan

Administrator answers:

The question is not how old you are, it’s how much money you make. Are you an eighteen year old with a trust fund? Try the village. Are you a typical 18 year old with very little savings? Then the run-of-the-mill crap-hole closet-sized place with 4 other people.

Consider that typical rent in a dangerous part of Brooklyn (Bed-Stuy) is around 650-750/month. Your first rent check would be first month, last month, plus one month security deposit–>1950.00

Not to discourage you…you gotta live the dream…There are places up in Harlem that are affordable. It’s not the old scary Harlem from the past. They are really fixing it up (gentrifying, as they say) and there are a lot of students moving up there. Also look for places near universities for cheap rents and other people looking to team up on an apartment.

Sandy asks…

Where’s a safe and affordable area to live in Los Angeles or Orange County, CA?

I got a job in Bell Gardens, CA. Could anyone suggest me a safe and affordable area to live? I am a 26-year old female, single. I can accept areas within 30 min of driving when traffic is not heavy.

Administrator answers:

We see this every day in this forum: Everyone wants to move here, and is looking for the “cheap/affordable and safe”. 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 safe, 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,, and 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, Studio City, Toluca Lake, .

To the east: South Pasadena, parts of Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia, Monrovia.

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, Orange, Tustin, Irvine.

This is not an all-inclusive list, but it’s a start.

Helen asks…

Is $1395 too cheap for an upper west side studio apartment?

I have found a lot of studios in the upper west side of manhattan that look nice, but I feel like the price is too cheap. Is this price too unrealistic?

Administrator answers:

It really depends on the building, the amenities, its location, and so on. 400 sq feet is actually kinda small, so you may be able to find a studio or loft apartment for an affordable rate. Another option to consider is getting a roommate.

For information and reviews on apartments/condos on the Upper West Side, you can check out ResideNYC at

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