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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In Manhattan

June 26, 2013

Donna asks…

How much money should i save to take my family of 5 to new york? ?

Plan on going in early August. I have 3 young kids ages 6, 3 & 8months about how much money would you suggest I take?

Administrator answers:

You should look onto this site called airbnb.com. I practically booked my whole entire europe trip on there, in terms of places to stay. I found entire apartments at great prices! I live in NY so I haven’t used this site for any places around here.
If you do go onto the site and look for places to stay in NY look to stay in Brooklyn since its much cheaper. You could get nice apartments that are in family friendly neighborhoods and are close to the city area and trains such as brooklyn heights, cobble hill, parkslope, and certain areas in fort green. If you want to stay in the manhattan the upper east side, upper west side and some parts of midtown are nice, quiet, and close to the manhattan area with all the museums. I really like the west village also but that area generally tends to be more expensive.
Look on the airbnb site to see how the prices are for renting out apartments big enough for a family of 5 and then go from there to see how much money you would need to save. An important thing to let people know if how long do you plan on staying. As for food, if you decide to stay in brooklyn or any of the boroughs outside of Manhattan, such as queens or the bronx food tends to be cheaper.

Hope this helps!

David asks…

for the people living in newyork?

I know the cost of living in Newyork is high but my friend wanted to know how is the pay for jobs? like fast food, retail, office jobs? etc. if anyone knew? this would help very much since she is trying to find an apartment there.

Administrator answers:

Well, from my experience fast food jobs pay the minimum wage which is 7 dollars and change, retail jobs is about the same or more. I don’t know about office jobs but from what i’ve noticed a secretary makes about $10 an hour. A good place I recommend to find a job is a government job if you can, you can check http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/. As for getting an apartment, it depends where you wanna live. In Manhattan the rent is outrageous going from 1000 to 3000, you can a cheaper apartment in the bronx for no less than 800 dollars. Hope that helps

Donald asks…

I want to move out to Cali and need a decent job and cheaper place to live…?

My wife and I are planning on moving out to California (somewhere) and want to be in warmer weather, we live in chicago now. Where would be a decent place to live, to rent an apartment, near the warm weather, and work…factory type work? Any suggestions?

Administrator answers:

Yep, it’s that time of the year again. Right after the “Disneyland at Christmas” questions, we get the “What to do in LA for New Year’s” questions. Then people watch the Rose Bowl, and see that the weather is 75 degrees, do the math, and get ready to pack up. Well, Happy New Year to you!

FYI, the city of LA is over 400 square miles, and the LA metro area is over 4000. Within that, there are MANY, MANY industrial areas. So my advice is to start hitting latimes.com, ocregister.com, monster.com, and careerbuilder.com and searching for jobs in LA. Start using mapquest and seeing the areas of LA. If you have a question about a specific area, post another question or email me directly. The best strategy is to find a job first, then decide where to live. In the meantime, here’s my stock “moving to LA” response. Good luck!

We see this over and over in this forum: Everyone hears about the great weather in SoCal or believes they are the next great actor/model/singer, then starts looking for the “cheap, clean, 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 clean and 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.

“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, 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.

Mandy asks…

Good neighborhoods in LA where earthquakes don’t happen often?

I really want to move there when I’m older and I’m wondering, what are some good areas(as far as crime and the ppl) that I can live in(apartment) that earthquakes don’t happen very much, or not as much as other areas? This is realy important for me so if you could plz be serious thanks! Also how much is rental for apartments there? GOOD apartments?
I know there are always going to be earthquakes!! I’m just saking where they happen the least!!

Administrator answers:

When you have an earthquake, EVERYTHING shakes. Example: During the 1994 Northridge quake, I was living 25 miles away in Eagle Rock, but we DEFINITELY felt it. So asking for the areas where “earthquakes don’t happen very much”, I can recommend Arizona. Heck, I live in LA and felt the San Francisco quake of 1989. So now you know: There is NO area in southern California safe from earthquakes. They are an equal opportunity disaster. However, the good news is that the big ones don’t occur too often… You can go decades between major events.

As for the rest of your question, we see this every day in this forum: Everyone wants to move here, and is looking for the “cheap, clean, 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 clean and 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, 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.

Chris asks…

How could I move to New York when Im older?

Im a 15 year old Producer/Rapper, from Ireland, but I wanna goto NY when Im older. The scene is dead-end here, (anybody with knowledge of Irish Hip-Hop will know what I mean..)
Anyway, Ive no American family, Ive never even been to The US, and no Knowledge of travel ect, so could somebody enlighten my with some info?

Administrator answers:

My friend, the New York City welcomes anyone who chose to live here.

With that said, the first you need to know before moving to the States is travel documents. You can’t move the US without a valid passport and visa. I would suggest contacting your local government for information about obtaining a passport and contact the US Embassy in Dublin for information about applying for a visa.

The contact information for US Embassy in Dublin can be found at the link below.

Below.http://dublin.usembassy.gov/

Second, you need the know the job market here. New York City, like Ireland, is right now going through its own economic slowdown, and there are not that many jobs going around. So finding a job in this week market is going to be toughs.

Third, were you going to live. New York City may be nice, but living here don’t come cheap. The average rent for an apartment in Manhattan, which one of the five boroughs of New York City, will cost you any where from $700 to $1000 or more. So you will need to look for something affordable or get a roommate to split the cost of the monthly rent.

These are some top thing you need to worry about before making the big move across the Atlantic.

I hope this information is very helpful.

Good luck

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