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Old 04-01-2007, 04:08 PM
 
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Default Best Place To Rent An Apartment

Can you guys tell me the best area around the Twin Cities to rent an apartment? I can't afford anything too too expensive. But, I also don't wanna get something dirt cheap and end up living in the ghetto. Something for a reasonable price that is situated in a nice area. I remember visiting Edina, Eden Praire, and Chanhassen, and they were all really nice...but I'm thinking apartments must go pretty high in these areas.
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Old 04-01-2007, 07:00 PM
 
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What do you need to be near? Chanhassen, and even more so Chaska, offer reasonable rental rates because they are considered outer ring suburbs. However, there are some older buildings in Edina that are reasonable due to their age. So if you don't mind an older building, you would be closer to downtown Mpls.

Don't forget about St. Louis Park (right by Edina) as well as Minnetonka. I think there are alots of rentals in the condo / townhome mecca along Cedar Lake road that might be good.

Finally, you may want to consider Golden Valley, just a bit north and getting into some older, cheaper buildings. But a safe, nice neighborhood.

I personally really like Chanhassen, but that is assuming I wouldn't be commuting downtown during rush hour.
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Old 04-01-2007, 08:31 PM
 
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well, im moving to the area pretty soon, but haven't really decided on a place to settle. i'd like to like in a high class neighborhood of course, but i can only stay in a place with a reasonable rent. i've heard people say the west and south are nicer than the north and east. i remember visiting chanhassen and thinking it was a really really nice area. have any idea of an average price for a single bedroom apartment?
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Old 04-02-2007, 07:36 AM
 
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I'd go on Craigslist and look. I'm not in the rental market, so all I would be doing in scanning craigslist to give you an idea of rental prices. Better that you do that, since you have a better idea of what you're looking for.
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:47 AM
 
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well, im moving to the area pretty soon, but haven't really decided on a place to settle. i'd like to like in a high class neighborhood of course, but i can only stay in a place with a reasonable rent. i've heard people say the west and south are nicer than the north and east. i remember visiting chanhassen and thinking it was a really really nice area. have any idea of an average price for a single bedroom apartment?
What do you consider to be "average" or "expensive"?
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:55 AM
 
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well i'm looking for something b/wn $500-$700. I spoke to a girl from EP and she said apmts there were $1100 a month!
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Old 04-04-2007, 01:20 PM
 
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well i'm looking for something b/wn $500-$700. I spoke to a girl from EP and she said apmts there were $1100 a month!
Oh yes, rent in the Twin Cities is expensive! It usually includes heat and hot water, but all that really means is they add $100 to your rent. Do you HAVE to be on the West side of town? And are you looking for a 1- or 2-bedroom? There are a few useful renting websites for Mpls such as forrent.com where you might find some places in the area a lot cheaper than $1100.
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:39 AM
 
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well, i guess what i am most interested in is living in a nice area. like i remember someone telling me don't get an apmt in brooklyn park b/c that is the ghetto. so, i guess i'm trying to figure out what are some areas that are kind of nice but not too expensive cost of living.
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Old 04-06-2007, 01:00 PM
 
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well, i guess what i am most interested in is living in a nice area. like i remember someone telling me don't get an apmt in brooklyn park b/c that is the ghetto. so, i guess i'm trying to figure out what are some areas that are kind of nice but not too expensive cost of living.
In St Paul I would suggest Highland, Merriam Park and Summit/Grand Avenue - those are the areas I know best. You could also look around Roseville/Little Canada which are nice residential neighbourhoods altho further from downtown. Highland, Merriam and Grand are older neighbourhoods, close to the river and parks. There are several colleges dotted around those areas so you also have a vibrant student community.

In Minneapolis I'd suggest parts of Uptown and Loring Park, St Louis Park, Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka/Wayzata - those last 3/4 are probably the priciest. Uptown is a very eclectic area with people of all walks of life living in and around there. Very close to the lakes and downtown and quite artsy. Edina has a bit of a snobby reputation - don't know how well-founded that is. The only time I've spent there is shopping around 50th & France and going to the movies at the Landmark (excellent cinema!).

People: does Nokomis count as Minneapolis? Either way, that's a lovely area right on Lake Nokomis. Great burger joint at the 5-8 Club. It is under the flight path to the airport though.

I think sales tax is slightly higher in St Paul as it's the capital, but cost of living in the cities is going to be high pretty much no matter where you are. On the upside, standards of living are high too.
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Old 04-07-2007, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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yes, Nokomis is a community of Minneapolis proper.
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