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Old 04-25-2009, 09:54 PM
 
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I can't help but to think of where i want to live after finishing my studies.

What city would be good for me to live in with this criteria?

-Metro/Urban area, very lively, restaurants/shopping in walking distance.
-Low cost of living
-Relatively cheap real estate
-Similar to New York, Los Angeles, or New Orleans.

I'm looking to spend $700 per month on an apartment straight out of college. (1bed/1bath,250+ sq. feet)

(Please move if this is in the wrong place)
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:03 PM
 
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:03 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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-Metro/Urban area, very lively, restaurants/shopping in walking distance.
-Low cost of living
-Relatively cheap real estate
-Similar to New York, Los Angeles, or New Orleans.

Some suggestions:

Austin - you'd get to stay in TX and it's got low cost of living and real estate. It's very small compared to the three you mentioned although it has similarities to NYC's East Village, with L.A.'s weather, and New Orleans' southern culture. It's just smaller...

Philly - a little higher cost of living and real estate but for one of the MAJOR cities in the nation it's actually "cheap". Your higher salary there will help offset higher costs. Weather is good, the winters are cold and a bit snowy, but not too bad.

Las Vegas - very Los Angeles-ish, very cheap real estate and low cost of living, within your price range for an apartment, easily (and you'll probably get a pool and a 2 BR apt, probably also a gym or other amenities in your complex). Nightlife rivals that L.A. and NYC. Debauchery rivals that of New Orleans, L.A. and NYC. Great weather but heat is extreme for 2 to 3 months in summer. FUN city, beautiful land around it (desert but it's beautiful). Near to L.A., near to Phoenix, near to San Diego, Palm Springs and Coachella Valley. Also near to Utah Skiing, near to desert attractions like Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Mojave, Great Basin. Immediately nearby you have Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead (for great boating, fishing, even swimming, those most swimming in Vegas is in pools), Mt Charleston (a real mountain which is snow-covered at top in winter, great escape from the desert) and more...

If I were you, I'd probably choose Vegas. As long as you don't have a gambling problem you'll thrive there. Downside - lots of tourists/transients, so it's hard to make lasting friends, hard to find a mate; however, the city is growing and is already somewhat grown so it's not like there are no full-time citizens of the city there, so it may not be so hard to find friends and romantic interests these days. You would just have to know the person's situation, it's tough to connect with someone, either romantically or as a friend, who moved to town a year ago and moves away after you know them 6 months more because their move to Vegas was a kind of fling...

Still, if I were in your position, I'd choose Vegas. From there, after you make a little money and get established, I'd say look to the West Coast - L.A. or San Diego, even SF Bay Area.

Also, from Vegas, you can travel to the West Coast cities to check them out. You can drive to L.A., San Diego, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, even to Reno... You can easily fly to San Fran, Seattle, Portland, Reno/Tahoe. So live in Vegas 2 to 5 years, save money, enjoy life, explore the West, hell, even explore the east - Vegas' airport is such a major one with flights all over the nation, pick a few places you want to visit and take a few long weekends to check them out. I'd recommend NYC, Philly, Chicago, Florida (Tampa and So. Florida - Palm Beach to Ft. Lauderdale/Miami), Denver, Seattle/Portland. Travel for fun but get an idea of where you want to move after Vegas. Or you may decide Vegas is where you want to establish roots, which is great, too.

I wish you all the best. Sounds like you think ahead which is good.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Not sure about the "Similar to New York, Los Angeles, or New Orleans" part. Obviously, St. Louis is not nearly as large as New York or Los Angeles. St. Louis city (355k, 62 sq. mi.) is smaller than New Orleans (469k, 350 sq. mi.) but St. Louis city has an overall greater density (5,745 per sq. mi.) than New Orleans (2,518 per sq. mi.). St. Louis metro is very spread out, with a population of about 2.8 million, compared to just over 1 million for New Orleans. Both were settled by the French and have similarly-named French neighborhoods. Both have Mardi Gras (St. Louis Mardi Gras attracts about 500k every year I think).

But from what I've heard some St. Louis neighborhoods fit your other three qualifications. I've heard a lot of good things about The Hill and Dogtown, as well as Soulard, Central West End, and Downtown seems to be getting there. Soulard has Mardi Gras every year.

St. Louis Downtown has seen a rebirth. In 1999, there were seventy abandoned buildings Downtown, today, there are fewer than a dozen. 82% of sale units are occupied, and 90% of rental unites are occupied. Still, some Downtown apartments can be had for under $900 a month (although some are income-restricted, meaning if you make less you pay a lower rate).

And from what I've seen on Craigslist, $700 a month is certainly doable in most parts of the city.

And you can sometimes buy a nice 3 BR for $200k (or occasionally less, especially right now).
This one in Tower Grove East looks nice: http://cbgundaker.com/search/advance...62758&type=res


I don't live in St. Louis, but from what I've heard from others, there could be a possibility for you there. The weather will be temperate of course. It gets pretty hot in the summer, and it snows in the winter. Spring in Missouri is beautiful, though, as is fall. We've already had about a month of daffodils and wildflowers.

St. Louis may work for you. I'd give it a look anyway. It's often overlooked.

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Old 04-26-2009, 05:35 AM
 
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New Orleans. It's one of the cities you listed, so why not move there? New Orleans is the only city you listed where you could realistically rent an apartment for $700.
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Bayou City
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I can't help but to think of where i want to live after finishing my studies.

What city would be good for me to live in with this criteria?

-Metro/Urban area, very lively, restaurants/shopping in walking distance.
-Low cost of living
-Relatively cheap real estate
-Similar to New York, Los Angeles, or New Orleans.

I'm looking to spend $700 per month on an apartment straight out of college. (1bed/1bath,250+ sq. feet)

(Please move if this is in the wrong place)

C'mon down to Houston. For $700 you can actually score a nice apt in a nice neighborhood. You have the sprawl of Los Angeles, urban culture of New York (inside the loop), and you're only a 5 1/2 hour drive from New Orleans. Forget what all the haters say about us on these boards.
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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The Philly Metro... stay away from Camden obviously!
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
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New Orleans. It's one of the cities you listed, so why not move there? New Orleans is the only city you listed where you could realistically rent an apartment for $700.
I would agree with this.
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