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Old 12-08-2011, 03:59 AM
 
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My husband and I (professionals) are moving to Cincinnati in January. We have a 17-month old. She will need daycare and I will be working downtown (waaay downtown, near the bridge to Newport).

We are looking to rent a 2 bedroom in a walkable part of town. We can't spend more than $800 but we want a taste of city life.

It needs to be very safe and I can't take longer than a 20 minute commute.

Mt. Adams is awesome but so expensive.
Norwood seems a little square.

Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Norwood is a nice option. Rents are reasonable and there is a lot within walking distance. It has some areas that are less square than others.

My neighborhood, Pleasant Ridge, might work. There are lots of young families here. There are express buses that will take you right downtown every morning and bring you back in the evening.

I just searched Craigslist and there is an apartment for rent for less than $750 in a "Cincinnati 4" that I know to be on a great street, within walking distance to the library, parks, restaurants, etc. PM me if you're interested and I'll send you the link. Renting a house would be more like $900-$1200.

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Old 12-08-2011, 05:44 AM
 
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For your budget I recommend Oakley. Easy 20 minutes to downtown. What I am not familiar with is the availability of day care. I do not consider Oakley urban but close in suburb.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:17 AM
 
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Two professionals moving to an new city should have a budget of more than $800. Sorry, I know you didn't ask for the advice, but it is what it is. Section 8 housing in Cincinnati is about $800 for a 2 bedroom and those units are found in the worst parts of the City.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:24 AM
 
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Two professionals moving to an new city should have a budget of more than $800. Sorry, I know you didn't ask for the advice, but it is what it is. Section 8 housing in Cincinnati is about $800 for a 2 bedroom and those units are found in the worst parts of the City.
Wilson... You are just too direct man. But I have to agree, if both are professionals, $800 a month is well below the norm. We just have to wait to see whether any additional information is volunteered. I have a feeling we will not hear a whole lot more.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:53 AM
 
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Two professionals moving to an new city should have a budget of more than $800. Sorry, I know you didn't ask for the advice, but it is what it is. Section 8 housing in Cincinnati is about $800 for a 2 bedroom and those units are found in the worst parts of the City.
I disagree. Before we bought a house(two years ago), my wife and I had a great 2 bedroom apartment in Oakley for $800 a month with utilities included. We were both working full time and saving for a house, so we did not want to be putting a lot into rent. The apartment was great, the street was quiet, neighbors were wonderful and the location was perfect.

A married couple with no pets and good credit can get a great deal on apartments in Cincinnati because there are so many landlords that just want a small return on a safe investment with little hassle. College students, pet owners, and other individuals perceived as riskier tenants will simply pay more.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:57 AM
 
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I agree the budget of $800 isn't a lot, but I disagree that it's necessarily in Section 8 territory, either. A search at Cincinnati Apartments Search pulls up 46 two-bedroom possibilities, some in neighborhoods I recognize as being perfectly fine. To the OP, though, at that price you're probably not going to get a prime, popular location within the city, and you well may have to settle for a longer commute. For example, forget Mt. Adams. Also, forget the speculation you're seeing here about your personal finances. OF COURSE that's nobody's business except your own.

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Old 12-08-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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in Mt Adams, $800 gets a studio with no utilities. or a 1br in a building about to fall down.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:54 AM
 
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Thank you for the infomation thus far.

How's Clifton/Gaslight and Oakley? Seems closer to downtown than Norwood.

We are selling our house and in the beginning, we will only have one income, that's until my husband finds a new job. Since we put ourselves through school with student loans and will be paying upwards of $800 in daycare, we thought this was a reasonable amount.
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:06 AM
 
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Thank you for the infomation thus far.

How's Clifton/Gaslight and Oakley? Seems closer to downtown than Norwood.

We are selling our house and in the beginning, we will only have one income, that's until my husband finds a new job. Since we put ourselves through school with student loans and will be paying upwards of $800 in daycare, we thought this was a reasonable amount.
You don't owe anybody an explanation. Your finances are your business. Oakley/Norwood are a tossup relative to distance from downtown. The daycare is an expensive proposition. Chemistry_Guy indicates you should be able to meet your requirements in Oakley. Since I respect his opinions, I would concentrate there to begin with.

Forget Clifton/Gaslight, it is the college scene. With a young child you have no use for that.
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