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Old 04-16-2015, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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That sounds pretty pricey actually, like only slightly cheaper than what you'd pay here in Portland.

Damn, I'm starting to think I have no choice but to just stay in Portland.
Under $600 a month is pricey for a walkable area? Dude, this isn't ten years ago. The average price for a one-bedroom in Detroit is above $600.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:25 PM
 
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Under $600 a month is pricey for a walkable area? Dude, this isn't ten years ago. The average price for a one-bedroom in Detroit is above $600.
That's average though, right? Meaning half of them would be cheaper?
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:02 PM
 
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That's average though, right? Meaning half of them would be cheaper?
I think when we says average, he means market rate.Under that amount will get you something close to being condemned or in a dangerous area (or both) and over that amount will get you above average dwellings.
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:43 PM
 
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In Kalamazoo, $450 will get you a very small studio (300 to 400 square feet) in a neighborhood just outside of the downtown. Downtown proper is high rent where 800 sq ft condos start in the $200k - $250k and then shoot way up from there. Market rate to rent downtown for smaller units is $900 to $1700 and these are hard to find as they usually are all leased before the building is even finished.

Al of that said, if you do not mind college students and their parties, then you can rent a small studio for under $500 in the Vine Neighborhood (AKA The Student Ghetto). You will only be a few blocks from downtown if you find one in the most northern part the neighborhood - which should not be a problem as there are a lot of rental units in that area. The neighborhood is urban and has bars, stores, restaurants, coffee shops and even has its own brewery.

West of the neighborhood is WMU and Kalamazoo College and east or the neighborhood is the vibrant downtown Kalamazoo where all within walking distance there are dozens of bars and restaurants , 7 breweries downtown (there are 21 breweries in the metro area), A ten screen movie theater that serves diner and alcohol (the Alamo Draft House), museums and art galleries, live theaters, library, and stores. Everything that you would expect to find a lively downtown. It may not be in your budget to live downtown, but you could afford to live next to it and still be able to walk everywhere.

PS. And if you get that feeling where you are missing the big city then walk to the train station (also downtown) and hop a train to Union Station in Chicago. It is only 137 miles away and the tracks are high speed rail. 4 trains a day at 110 MPH, you will be there in no time.
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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That's average though, right? Meaning half of them would be cheaper?
Of course, but rents are distributed on something approximating a bell curve near the average. Most would be found close to either side. So a significant portion of rents under $600 would be between $500 and $600 - possibly the majority.

Looking on Craigslist, Downtown Detroit is out of your price range. Midtown has a few apartments listed in the $500 range, and one around $400. I really wouldn't want to live anywhere else in Detroit without a car.
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Of course, but rents are distributed on something approximating a bell curve near the average. Most would be found close to either side. So a significant portion of rents under $600 would be between $500 and $600 - possibly the majority.

Looking on Craigslist, Downtown Detroit is out of your price range. Midtown has a few apartments listed in the $500 range, and one around $400. I really wouldn't want to live anywhere else in Detroit without a car.

Hamtramck is very walkable, and you could find a one-bedroom there for ~$500.

Stunning 1 Bedroom Flat For Lease
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:52 PM
 
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Hamtramck is very walkable, and you could find a one-bedroom there for ~$500.

Stunning 1 Bedroom Flat For Lease
Love how they feel the need to show the bars on the front door.
Major selling feature.
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Love how they feel the need to show the bars on the front door.
Major selling feature.
At least there's a heater next to the crapper.
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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You can get a really nice one bedroom apartment in most Southern and Midwestern cities for about 600-900 a month but you usually still need a car, public transportation isn't great in medium sized cities in the Midwest and South... but the overall cost of living is cheaper.
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:58 PM
 
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At least there's a heater next to the crapper.
I missed that. Had to go back and look.
Gives new meaning to hot buns. Lol
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