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Old 03-30-2011, 10:02 PM
 
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Furnished apartments are not typical here or in most place in these parts. But furniture is remarkably cheap compared to what you are used to finding at home. You could easily furnish an entire one bedroom apartment for a month or at most two of rent. I would not worry about that.

Figure out what you are looking for. The above posts note areas that still have a significant irish transplant population, which is assuming that is something relevant or important to you. If you are looking for an apartment in an area that will have many other irish, try looking at irishecho.com Several above mentioned a few of the areas that still have a significant irish population, there are some others (Woodlawn in the Bronx, for example).

If you are looking for "relatively" affordable rents in a mixed ares of professionals your age in your price range, try looking at Astoria (Queens; convenient commute to midtown), or ares in Brooklyn like Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, etc., or maybe Riverdale (also on the 1/2 line). Until your wife finds work, $2200 will be straining your budget. Americans pay way less of their disposable income for housing than others (part of our consumerist culture). Also, you will find cheaper rents in the irish areas mentioned if that is of interest.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:40 AM
 
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Great! Thanks for the suggestions guys. Actually has chatting with some relocation people last night and they echoed some of the opinions here. Finding a furnished rental is rare and difficult. Since I wont be shipping out our furniture from here, best option is either buy some cheap stuff to get started or indeed to rent some. This might suit us best. Was told we could get all the essentials - bed, sofa, table etc for less than $300 a month. So in that case an unfurnished appartment round the $1400 - $1700 mark if achieveable would be good. Do you think we could get that in say Sunnyside or Woodside? Woodlawn is a possibility also. As for whether it's important to be close to an Irish community, yes it would be nice, but it is more important to find an area that would wouldn't be a problem from immigrants. Just another question, I hear than agent fees can be very expensive, is it possible to advoid these and find a rental yourself. I hear that the best approach may be to visit the neighbourhood and check if there are rentals advertised locally. Finally, does anyone have any view on whether our budget sounds reasonable, given that we are living on my salary until or if my wife finds work. Many thanks!
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:14 AM
 
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Great! Thanks for the suggestions guys. Actually has chatting with some relocation people last night and they echoed some of the opinions here. Finding a furnished rental is rare and difficult. Since I wont be shipping out our furniture from here, best option is either buy some cheap stuff to get started or indeed to rent some. This might suit us best. Was told we could get all the essentials - bed, sofa, table etc for less than $300 a month. So in that case an unfurnished appartment round the $1400 - $1700 mark if achieveable would be good. Do you think we could get that in say Sunnyside or Woodside? Woodlawn is a possibility also. As for whether it's important to be close to an Irish community, yes it would be nice, but it is more important to find an area that would wouldn't be a problem from immigrants. Just another question, I hear than agent fees can be very expensive, is it possible to advoid these and find a rental yourself. I hear that the best approach may be to visit the neighbourhood and check if there are rentals advertised locally. Finally, does anyone have any view on whether our budget sounds reasonable, given that we are living on my salary until or if my wife finds work. Many thanks!
Glad you will consider Sunnyside! I miss it a lot. Yes, you can find something there in your price range. Most areas (if not all) have their share of recent immigrants! Broker fees are usually 1 month's rent. Try Craigslist.org or NY Times. I've found places through both sources.
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