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Old 07-15-2012, 05:30 PM
 
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Looking for a cheap 1 bedroom safe, I'm a mother of a 2 year old, NICE ( not from the 1900s) apartment, and absolutely NO roaches or "palmetto bugs" Is there any recommendations? I saw the retreat at mcalpine on 51 anyone have familiarity with those--any bug problems?

Please help, I greatly appreciate it.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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Looking for a cheap 1 bedroom safe, I'm a mother of a 2 year old, NICE ( not from the 1900s) apartment, and absolutely NO roaches or "palmetto bugs" Is there any recommendations? I saw the retreat at mcalpine on 51 anyone have familiarity with those--any bug problems?

Please help, I greatly appreciate it.
Define "cheap".
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:09 PM
 
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1 bedroom under $700
I was looking at Camden habersham & the retreat at mcalpine creek are they good? If anyone has ideas of it do they gave roaches?
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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1 bedroom under $700
I was looking at Camden habersham & the retreat at mcalpine creek are they good? If anyone has ideas of it do they gave roaches?
I hate to tell you this, but your budget may not quite big enough. Is this for you and your child only - or your husband too? Because if you are going to be on your own with a baby you need to plan to spend at least $800 to be really safe.

I know from your prior threads you are OCD about bugs. Most apt complexes spray for them regularly and don't have much of a problem. If you are in a complex where you are having an issue you need to complain to management and get them to correct the problem.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:00 PM
 
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My friend just moved to carrington and she has a very nice one bedroom for $725 and it includes a garage. They have some without a garage that are under $725.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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Hehe yes I am @ loves mountains & it's just us.. Bad situation with him & my budget is limited after going through this separation and other stuff and trying to figure my work schedule out so I won't be making as much $
Does anyone know about Camden habersham & the retreat at mcalpine?!
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:30 PM
 
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Hehe yes I am @ loves mountains & it's just us.. Bad situation with him & my budget is limited after going through this separation and other stuff and trying to figure my work schedule out so I won't be making as much $
Does anyone know about Camden habersham & the retreat at mcalpine?!
So sorry to hear about the breakup

I looked into Camden Habersham when my son needed a place last year - I wouldn't let him go there though, sorry to have to say. Of those two I'd go with McAlpine.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:34 PM
 
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There are "plenty" of complexes in S. Charlotte where you should be able to find a one bedroom for under $700... I don't understand where these posters keep coming from about newcomers budgets being too low. Honestly in most scenarios, the higher cost complex is no more safe than the lower cost one across the street, just think about it. I pay $737 a month for a two bedroom apartment right off of Park Rd. My two bedroom at Berkshire Place would've been $720 had I renewed my lease (it simply wasn't as up to date as I would've preferred, and I did see a palmetto or two in the weeks before moving out). I looked into Camden Habersham as well, of course, without having lived everywhere, can't really comment on bugs unless you know someone who lives there, or they're just so bad the bugs are taking you on tour when you view a place. How far South are you trying to go? What do people consider safe up here? I'm a single male, and don't have a child to consider, but I'd like a safe area just like the next guy. There was a really good crime mapping site someone mentioned on here, and if I find the link I'll repost it. Consider it a good idea to drive through the complexes you're considering after dark, and or on the weekends, just to get an idea of who's hanging out, how crowded these places are when everyone's off from work... and if you feel safe enough, approach a few residents (during the daytime) with like demographics of yourself even (single mom) and get their take. I'd consider $800 for a one bedroom ridiculous unless the place is very new, completely renovated, has massive square footage, or includes a garage like the place abri07 referred to. Take a look at apartmentratings.com. You have to really take the reviews with a grain of salt, because more often than not people with positive experiences don't take the time, or make as much effort to post anything. But as far as bugs go, I would think if they're mentioned in numerous reviews, it's a pretty accurate perception of what you can expect. Oakbrook Apartments, just across from Berkshire on Johnsonville Rd. seemed safe enough, but was no more up to date than Berkshire. The Crossing at Quail Hollow on Park Rd. seems nice as well. Reafield Village on 51, a one bedroom there will push your budget a little but I liked the apartments. Over on S. Tryon, the Park at Steele Creek was an option for me, but I was less familiar with the area regarding safety, as I'm near 51 and the Pineville -Park Rd area more often. Seemed safe enough though. One last note, although this is probably obvious... in some of these older complexes, as a single mom I would think one thing that'll be a top priority in having a pleasant living experience is going to be helpful, cooperative office staff, and good maintenance (the type that don't cut corners).
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:39 PM
 
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Oh and the reviews on McAlpine are all over the place, but there seems to be new management (could be a good or bad thing). Your best bet, if you can't find people who have lived in these places up here really is to talk to residents currently living there if approaching strangers isn't too big a gamble for you.

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Old 07-15-2012, 09:41 PM
 
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There are "plenty" of complexes in S. Charlotte where you should be able to find a one bedroom for under $700... I don't understand where these posters keep coming from about newcomers budgets being too low. Honestly in most scenarios, the higher cost complex is no more safe than the lower cost one across the street, just think about it. I pay $737 a month for a two bedroom apartment right off of Park Rd. My two bedroom at Berkshire Place would've been $720 had I renewed my lease (it simply wasn't as up to date as I would've preferred, and I did see a palmetto or two in the weeks before moving out). I looked into Camden Habersham as well, of course, without having lived everywhere, can't really comment on bugs unless you know someone who lives there, or they're just so bad the bugs are taking you on tour when you view a place. How far South are you trying to go? What do people consider safe up here? I'm a single male, and don't have a child to consider, but I'd like a safe area just like the next guy. There was a really good crime mapping site someone mentioned on here, and if I find the link I'll repost it. Consider it a good idea to drive through the complexes you're considering after dark, and or on the weekends, just to get an idea of who's hanging out, how crowded these places are when everyone's off from work... and if you feel safe enough, approach a few residents (during the daytime) with like demographics of yourself even (single mom) and get their take. I'd consider $800 for a one bedroom ridiculous unless the place is very new, completely renovated, has massive square footage, or includes a garage like the place abri07 referred to. Take a look at apartmentratings.com. You have to really take the reviews with a grain of salt, because more often than not people with positive experiences don't take the time, or make as much effort to post anything. But as far as bugs go, I would think if they're mentioned in numerous reviews, it's a pretty accurate perception of what you can expect. Oakbrook Apartments, just across from Berkshire on Johnsonville Rd. seemed safe enough, but was no more up to date than Berkshire. The Crossing at Quail Hollow on Park Rd. seems nice as well. Reafield Village on 51, a one bedroom there will push your budget a little but I liked the apartments. Over on S. Tryon, the Park at Steele Creek was an option for me, but I was less familiar with the area regarding safety, as I'm near 51 and the Pineville -Park Rd area more often. Seemed safe enough though. One last note, although this is probably obvious... in some of these older complexes, as a single mom I would think one thing that'll be a top priority in having a pleasant living experience is going to be helpful, cooperative office staff, and good maintenance (the type that don't cut corners).
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