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Old 05-21-2012, 07:44 PM
 
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Hi all,

I've thumbed through a bunch of the "Moving to Denver" threads, but I have some circumstances that differ, so I'm posting nonetheless.

I'm in my mid-20s and will be moving to Denver at the beginning of August for a job for one-year. I will have my car as well.

My ideal is a furnished 1BR (or studio) with parking (street parking is okay, if it's easy) in a neighborhood that has some food and drink within walking distance for under $1200. I'll be working downtown: I'd ideally like to be able to bike or commute on public transportation, but could probably drive if necessary.

From what I've read, it sounds like LoDo isn't my scene, but that Highlands, Capitol Hill, and Uptown are better fits (I'm more into divey than trendy, though trendy is okay if it's not too over-the-top).

1) Are there other neighborhoods that I should be considering?

2) Is it reasonable to find a furnished 1BR/Studio in my price range? The offerings seem fairly slim scanning padmapper now, so just wanted to get a sense if I should lower expectations.

Thanks!
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:59 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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1) Are there other neighborhoods that I should be considering?
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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There are not many furnished apartments around, period. I know it's a total P.I.T.A. as it's just a one year deal in a city you don't want to stay in afterwards (been there, done that, I know how it feels) but you'll dramatically increase your selection of places to live if you're open to unfurnished places. There are furniture rental services such as Cort that you could look into. For under $1,000 total though (<$100/mo), you could buy a brand new mattress that the store will deliver to you for free and a few basic pieces of "disposable" furniture at IKEA (comes in flat boxes that will fit in most any car, then you assemble it yourself with basic tools), then sell it or give it away for free on Craigslist when it's time to move out.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:15 AM
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rent furniture at Aaron's, or similar. Buy kitchenware at goodwill. Furnished rentals go for more than what you wish to pay.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Colorado - Oh, yeah!
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rent furniture at Aaron's, or similar. Buy kitchenware at goodwill. Furnished rentals go for more than what you wish to pay.
You can get lucky with some furniture from Goodwill too. When I moved I bought a perfectly decent dining room table for $25. Granted that was 18 years ago, but assuming you have a way to get it home you can get some great deals. I had to take the legs off and fold down the seats, but I was able to fit it in the trunk of my sports cars.

Between Ikea and Craig's List I don't know that renting anything other than a couch would be worth it vs. buying and even then I've seen couches for $400 - that's less than $10 a week and you can get some of your money back when you decide to sell it.

I get a little creeped out with the idea of used cookware, plates, silverware, etc, so I couldn't handle getting those things from Goodwill, but places like Ross, TJ Maxx, etc can have really good deals.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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Thanks for all the answers so far. Re: furnishing, I have cutlery, kitchenwares, sheets and all that stuff.

I just need actual furniture: bed, couch, desk, etc. And for medical reasons, I can't carry heavy things. But, from what you all are saying, it seems like worst case scenario, leasing furniture may even be cheaper than buying a furnished place. So, I'll look into it.
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