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Old 05-09-2018, 11:15 PM
Status: "Goodbye fall ... hello winter" (set 18 days ago)
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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Thanks for the replies. I did notice a small apartment complex called Leisure Apartments on Bijou and 30th that would be in our budget and a perfect location in OCC/Pleasant Valley (not sure which area it falls in). Would this be an ok neighborhood? It is within walking distance to multiple businesses and on two bus lines.
Those apartments are located near, in, and around nice older neighborhoods, but be aware that 30th St. itself is a pretty busy thoroughfare - there are units facing Bijou itself, and that's where you'd want to be if you'd like it a tad quieter.

I'd just like to add: I think you might find taking the bus from the OCC area to any of the Culvers somewhat tiring. It's not the best transit system. You may very well want to consider trying to live closer to where you'll be working, or trying to find work closer to where you end up living.

Just my 2.

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Old 05-10-2018, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Duluth, MN
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I'd just like to add: I think you might find taking the bus from the OCC area to any of the Culvers somewhat tiring. It's not the best transit system. You may very well want to consider trying to live closer to where you'll be working, or trying to find work closer to where you end up living.

Just my 2.

Thanks for the comment. I currently have an hour bus ride to work in the morning that requires a transfer in downtown Duluth. Based on what I've seen from the schedules online, Mountain Metro reminds me of Valley Transit, the system I grew up with in Appleton, WI. I will probably, at some point, find another job closer to where I live, but when we first move, I'd like to have one already in place, thus Culver's.
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Old 05-10-2018, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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As others have mentioned, housing in Colorado Springs is currently very competitive, and demand shows few if any signs of easing. So landlords can afford to be very picky in choosing applicants right now. Will your past issues affect your ability to rent? Only the individual landlords can make that decision. But in such a tight market I’d bet on it. Extra cash up front can’t hurt.

As for rental rate, I'd say a target of $800 is too low. Right now that’s pretty close to scraping bottom for small 1BD/1BA units that are actually available & not outright slums (FYI if any unit you end up looking at is affiliated with the name Terry Ragan run like hell). Considering that units that rented for $500/mo just 5 years ago are going for $800/mo now and you get an idea of where things are heading as well. As of January, the median monthly rent for a 1BD in Colorado Springs was $908. Even if you find something reasonable expect rental rates to keep going up, especially Westside which is increasingly desirable (for reference SE Colorado Springs is the cheap side of town).

Public transportation in the Springs sucks. I’d research routes with Mountain Metro to see what’s feasible between your planned home & work. As others said, you might want to (if not have to) live closer to your work.
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Old 05-10-2018, 03:55 PM
Status: "Goodbye fall ... hello winter" (set 18 days ago)
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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Thanks for the comment. I currently have an hour bus ride to work in the morning that requires a transfer in downtown Duluth. Based on what I've seen from the schedules online, Mountain Metro reminds me of Valley Transit, the system I grew up with in Appleton, WI. I will probably, at some point, find another job closer to where I live, but when we first move, I'd like to have one already in place, thus Culver's.
Well, if you're used to a long commute, that's fine; all I know is that the one time I had to use our transit system to get from point A to point B, it took over two hours for a drive that could be done in 20 minutes on a good day, 25 if traffic was heavy. I've not taken a bus since then. Saying "it sucks" is putting it mildly.

As was suggested, the rental situation here is crazy and you have to be on top of it. You'll be hard-pressed to find anything decent at your price point, and if anything decent does come up at that level, it's going to be snagged up immediately if not sooner.

Not trying to put a damper on things, but if you do a search on this forum about rentals, you'll see what we're trying to share - there's a big long thread about this very thing. People that are here are having a hard time finding housing ... it can be even harder if you're coming from out of state.
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Old 05-11-2018, 01:28 AM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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If you're going to be working at the Culver's on Lake/Circle, I'd definitely just live near there. You should be able to find something. You can't count on the Mountain Metro, it's notoriously unreliable.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:16 AM
 
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If you're going to be working at the Culver's on Lake/Circle, I'd definitely just live near there. You should be able to find something. You can't count on the Mountain Metro, it's notoriously unreliable.
I agree. That is a perfectly fine neighborhood and lots of shopping within walking distance. Live as close to your work as possible.
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:01 AM
 
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I agree. That is a perfectly fine neighborhood and lots of shopping within walking distance. Live as close to your work as possible.
Just a quick search shoes dozens of apartments within a bicycle ride to Culver's...most appear to be at the higher end of his price range, if in it at all. Before utilities, pet rent, etc.
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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But who wants to live in the southeast part of town?

Well, the 3bd, 2.5 bth, 2 car garage, stucco, ranch style home that costs $425k in north Cos can be purchased for $300k or less in one of the new subdivisions in the southeast Cos or east of Widefield, Security, or Fountain. There are some very nice neighborhoods in the south-east area, but one would have to closely scrutinize the surrounding areas before purchasing.
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Old 05-14-2018, 06:05 PM
 
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Well, the 3bd, 2.5 bth, 2 car garage, stucco, ranch style home that costs $425k in north Cos can be purchased for $300k or less in one of the new subdivisions in the southeast Cos or east of Widefield, Security, or Fountain. There are some very nice neighborhoods in the south-east area, but one would have to closely scrutinize the surrounding areas before purchasing.
Agreed. Do people consider Widefield, Security, and Fountain to be part of Colorado Springs? When I think of the bad part of town, I think southeast Colorado Springs within the city limits.
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Old 05-15-2018, 01:48 AM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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Agreed. Do people consider Widefield, Security, and Fountain to be part of Colorado Springs? When I think of the bad part of town, I think southeast Colorado Springs within the city limits.
Yes and no. They're ok places to live, but quite boring. Fountain reminds me of a small town in Ohio.
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