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December 3, 2012

Chris asks…

What areas in Orlando as of now are good to live in?

My husband and I moved from Ohio to Orlando, FL last year and rented a place by S Orange Blossom Trail (biggest mistake in our lives). Our lease is almost up, we would like to find a decent 1 bedroom apt preferably close to Universal Studios. We are looking at Metro West but I’ve heard some bad things about that area? What are the best areas in Orlando?

Administrator answers:

I live in Metro West. It’s not as bad as people say it is.

Michael asks…

What is exactly a sleeping room?

My friend and I are in a bet that over what sleeping rooms are.
I said its usually one room with maybe no appliances: fridge, stove, and etc. If an apt company is listing it its usually smaller and less accomodating than a studio.

She believes that its a person renting there a room out of their house no matter how its advertised.

20 dollars is at stake.

Administrator answers:

Technically you both could be correct. As in both cases they could be called sleeping rooms but most are called effeciency apartments when its in an apartment building and a sleeping room when its in a home.

Susan asks…

Is it possible to get a studio apartment with a washer/dryer included?

Also, is it possible to get a washer/dryer with a 1 bedroom apartment? I seem to be finding no such luck.

Administrator answers:

Quite a few 1 Bedroom apartments will have Washer and Dryer or at least hookups for them… However In your Initial Question you’re asking about Studio Apartments which aren’t the same thing as a 1 bedroom.

A Studio does not have a separate Bedroom that you go into each night. There may be an alcove in which to place your bed, but no room with a door and walls completely separating it from the rest of the Apt…

However, to answer your question; Yes, there are Studio Apartments which have Washer and Dryers, you just have to look for them.

Mary asks…

What are some good places i should look for an apartment in New York City .?

Im moving to new york to start an acting & modeling career . well… i looked at an apt in The Bronx and Harlem there really nice & good prices . but is that a good place to look .

Administrator answers:

The best advice I can give for looking for an apartment is to keep your mind open. There is no one place where all the rents are going to be cheap and the apartments are going to be nice. The key here is patience and persistence. An apartment search in New York, especially if you have a budget can be frustrating and exhausting. You might look at a lot of overpriced roach motels, then find a place totally out of left field that’s such a great deal you think “WTF”?

The Bronx is a huge borough, and parts of it don’t have great subway service (and that’s your key to getting into Midtown Manhattan, where all the auditions/work is). You also don’t want to be spending half your life on the subway (believe it or not, it takes longer to get form the tip of the Bronx to the bottom of Brooklyn than it does to get from NYC to Philly). The part of the Bronx which is reasonable close to Midtown Manhattan is the South Bronx. While it is getting better, I wouldn’t recommend looking for an apartment there unless you really know the area. You might be able to get a cheap rent there, but if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you might put your life in danger. Stay away from Mott Haven.

Harlem is getting expensive. It is not, by far, the cheapest neighborhood in NYC. Not even close. East Harlem is still reasonable, but again, there are safety issues there, too, so you should know what you are looking for.

Here’s what I would tell you:

Avoid the brokers at all costs. They will charge you a 15% commission on one years rent on anything they find you, and it’s no deal. It’s going to be the walk up price.

Don’t rule out sublets or apartment shares. There are a lot of people in your shoes. Friendships and professional connections have been established by two or three people going in on an apartment. It’s not uncommon for two people to rent a one bedroom apartment, one person has the bedroom, the other has the living room, It’s like a studio with shared kitchen and bathroom. OR a bunch of people getting together on a big apartment. My first place was a roommate situation in a 3 bedroom apartment.

Craigslist has a lot of listings, but you do have to wade through a lot of crap and a lot of people trying to dick you around. But you can find a good deal. Just avoid the brokers. Check out the Village Voice, roommates.com, or sublet.com. You’ll probably find what you’re looking for on Craigslist, though, even if it is a pain in the butt. Just don’t walk into a situation that is obviously bad (like an old lady with 20 cats etc)

As far as neighborhoods, in your search, you should check out:

Bronx: Kingsbridge, Marble Hill (both these neighborhoods have 1 train service right into Midtown, takes about 40 minutes. They’re also pretty safe and pretty nice. A bonus is you have a Metro North commuter rail station right there so you can take a trip upstate or a fast ride into Grand Central if you’re in a rush)

Manhattan: Inwood or Washington Heights. On the upper tip of Manhattan. Beautiful, safe affordable neighborhood. I live here and only have good things to say about it. You’re very close to a huge park, the apartments are large and affordable. There are a lot of artists and musicians up here so finding a roommate situation up here would be pretty easy. You would be on the A train, an express train that gets you into Midtown in 20-30 minutes.
Again, check out East Harlem, just be careful. It’s not anywhere near as nice as Inwood or Washington Heights, but the subway ride into midtown is a bit shorter.

Staten Island: Check out St. George, Stapleton, or anywhere in the immediate vicinity of the ferry (25 minute ride to the bottom tip of Manhattan, and then a subway ride to where you want to go) Staten Island is getting a little more expensive, but you can probably find a good deal there. The ferry is free (!!!) ……. For now!

Brooklyn & Queens: A lot of neighborhoods there, and a lot of good deals. However, like I said about the Bronx, there are parts of it that don’t have great subway service, or areas where you’d spend half your life on the subway. Like the Bronx, there are also neighborhoods that are downright dangerous!

The neighborhoods that come to mind for Brooklyn & Queens (where you can (still) find a good deal and reasonably accessible to midtown): Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Jackson Heights, Ozone Park, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Heights, Bay Ridge and others.

The neighborhoods in Brooklyn & Queens you should probably avoid (don’t be tempted by cheap rents) are Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwich, Jamaica, Crown Heights.

So there you have it. I know, looking for a place here can be a pain in the butt. Good luck. Sorry my answer was so long!

Carol asks…

What is the job market in Boston like?

Wondering if its just as bad as everywhere else? My friend is temping around the boston area, his family lives in a suburb, and he wants me to possibly come up from NJ and get an apt and temp with him. My concerns are that boston is too expensive to live in and around on just a temp job making $12 an hour especially if you dont know if your actually going to get any work.

Administrator answers:

Boston is EXTREMELY expensive to live in. Even places that are just on the outskirts of Boston charge an obscene amount of money. In Woburn, which is like 20 mins from Boston, you will be able to find a studio apartment the size of a closet for about $800 a month- no less. For a good sized two or one bedroom apartment you are looking in the range of $950 – $1500 a month WITHOUT utilities. Boston is a very very very expensive place to live in- it is not affordable with a $12 an hour salary.

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