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Old 08-06-2014, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Elk Grove, CA
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That's great news about the biking - Where I live now the suburban roads are great but the two-lane country highways are deadly due to no shoulders and high speed drivers. Some hills would be nice too - my area is a pancake. How far of a road loop can you do in Oak Mountain Park?

I'm also looking at Greenville and Chattanooga but for the nicest affordable neighborhoods Shelby County is hard to top. The other cities have different pros and cons (e.g., I think a few inches of snow each year is kinda neat). I've got a few years to sort it all out.
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Old 08-06-2014, 04:48 PM
 
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1) In what area of town will you be working? Really important stuff, that. And what kind of commute time are you wanting?

Southside / Downtown. I'm happy with a 15-20 minute commute, my actual preference is to be as close to Samford University (where my gf will be) as reasonably possible.

2) Do you have a price range for your house or apartment?

Hoping not to exceed $650 for 1br+1ba with utilities included

3) Do you have children? Do they have unique educational needs?

Nope young single professional

4) What do you enjoy the most during your free time? The arts? Fine dining? Sports? Hiking? Or just getting away from it all?

Just hoping to be near 280, near Mountain brook or Vestavia Hills (sport fields) and Samford as possible

5) Do you have special medical needs?

Nope

6) Do you want to be in a neighbourhood where everyone knows one another or do you simply don't care?

Safe, quiet, accessible and close to supermarkets and walking trails if possible

Thankyou!
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Old 08-06-2014, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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650 will get you an apartment in Homewood or Vestavia but utilities will probably take you a bit over that - but not too much. Stick to 35209 and 35216 zip codes.
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:28 PM
 
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Thank you, another complication is that I am looking for a shorter term lease (4 months). When negotiating short term leases can upfront payments usually turn the negotiations in your favour?
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:40 PM
 
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Thank you, another complication is that I am looking for a shorter term lease (4 months). When negotiating short term leases can upfront payments usually turn the negotiations in your favour?
That might be more difficult, chiefly because apartment are in high demand right now. Might be worth looking at Craigslist if that's the case. But Tourian gave you some good recommendations. Good luck!
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:38 PM
 
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Dear all,

Could anyone give me some review about the Berkley on Highland apartment as I am thinking of moving there. How about the maintenance, safety,ect ? I am from Vietnam and I've just been in Birmingham for one month. Now I am living in a studio in the Dulion apartment, but it is more expensive than that one, and my room is a little bit stuffy.

Thank you very much!
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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Dear all,

Could anyone give me some review about the Berkley on Highland apartment as I am thinking of moving there. How about the maintenance, safety,ect ? I am from Vietnam and I've just been in Birmingham for one month. Now I am living in a studio in the Dulion apartment, but it is more expensive than that one, and my room is a little bit stuffy.

Thank you very much!
I think you would like the Berkley. I know both buildings. I looked at both as a young college student. I like that the Berkley is easier if you own a bike and it has entrances on both Highland Ave. and on a quiet shady street on the backside. The parking (if you have a car) is certainly better. It appears to me from the outside that they maintain the exterior of the building quite well.
I would not know more about those as I ended up in the Highland Plaza about two blocks away. But unfortunately for you that was converted to rather expensive condos some years ago.

Good luck.
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Old 09-07-2014, 05:32 PM
 
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Thank you so much, raj kapoor
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Dear all,

Could anyone give me some review about the Berkley on Highland apartment as I am thinking of moving there. How about the maintenance, safety,ect ? I am from Vietnam and I've just been in Birmingham for one month. Now I am living in a studio in the Dulion apartment, but it is more expensive than that one, and my room is a little bit stuffy.

Thank you very much!
I lived in the Berkeley 20+ years ago before it was redone to be "The Berkeley" and even then it was a great building in a great location. I remember looking at the Dulion and the LaSalle at the time and chose The Berkeley instead. Hardwoods, nicer finishes, easier parking and central heat and air. I lived in one of the "M: units, which is the largest 2BR unit (SW corner units) and hated to leave when I moved to Tuscaloosa to go back to school.
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Old 10-30-2014, 10:58 PM
 
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Hi, my husband and I will be moving to Birmingham. We were interested in the Highland park area, however the information I've seen through my research is that area is geared toward the young.. Not that we are old (40's), any suggestions ? No children, 1 dog, active , love to bike and run, and for sure want to be in a safe area! We would like to stay in the $500-$700 rent range. Thanks for any advice
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