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Old 04-05-2013, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Forest Hills, New York, NY
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So I've been living in Forest Hills since I moved up here last July..kind of done the find a place and feel everything out. I truly do like FH, it makes my work commute really easy and the area is very safe. But I don't know, I sometimes think I just want to try out a different area now when my lease is up later this year. Maybe something with a little more of a nightlife scene. I currently pay $1575 for my apt, so would want to keep it around that. I pay that on my own now, and my gf is going to be moving up here with me soon, so raising that up a little will be doable if need be.

So I guess I'm just trying to see if anyone can give me ideas of somewhat similar areas, that I could find apts in the same price range. I know Astoria is a popular area, I've gone in & around there for after-work drink activities. What about Brooklyn? What are some nice areas there? I've gone around Williamsburg and it's kind of cool. I've looked at apts in the UES and been able to find some around $2K..that seem legit? I know anything midtown & below is way out of budget.

I also do know that kind of the norm up here is that when someone gets into an apt, they don't move for a looooooong time. Which is understandable knowing the process to get a damn place up here..such a daunting task..I can only imagine moving from one borough to another. So is this all just wishful thinking in the end? Thanks ahead for any input.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:16 AM
 
Location: NYC
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What are you getting for $1575 in Forest Hills? What is your rental budget and what are the requirements in terms of size, distance to nearest subway etc. I have been looking at apartments lately and there really isn't such a big problem with availability in general but to find something within your budget that satisfies all your requirements is the tough part. In my opinion, Astoria is very overpriced right now because of how popular it has become. Prices in Astoria are probably higher than those in Forest Hills which years ago would be unthinkable. All the hip neighborhoods in Brooklyn will be more expensive than Forest Hills.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Forest Hills, New York, NY
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What are you getting for $1575 in Forest Hills? What is your rental budget and what are the requirements in terms of size, distance to nearest subway etc. I have been looking at apartments lately and there really isn't such a big problem with availability in general but to find something within your budget that satisfies all your requirements is the tough part. In my opinion, Astoria is very overpriced right now because of how popular it has become. Prices in Astoria are probably higher than those in Forest Hills which years ago would be unthinkable. All the hip neighborhoods in Brooklyn will be more expensive than Forest Hills.
I'm in a 1br by myself right now, very decently sized..I'd say 800-900sf (even though I'm not certain as sf isn't something that's always produced up here). And it's not even really close to the subway..walking it's maybe 5-7 min to the local train, 10-12 min to the express. There is a bus stop (Q23) right outside my door, so if I catch it than I catch it and it's a 4 min ride to the express stop..otherwise I take that walk, which is fine unless it's obviously snowing or raining out..I'm from FL and I've never had to use my umbrella so much. lol. Oh, as for budget, I'd like to stay around where I am now, but as I mentioned my gf will be moving up here with me within the next few months..so while I can't really give a definite answer to what the increase could be, but hypothetically, $2000 for total budget.

I guess my main criteria would be at least a 1br (I still can't bring myself to get a studio), safe area, at least the same distance I am now to the subway if not a little closer, laundry in the building, and lastly somewhat of an updated apt, say either the kitchen or bathroom..no checkered bathrooms! Walk-up, elevator (unless the building's like 10 stories), doorman, all that extra stuff I could care less about. And as for the Astoria thing, I couldn't agree more! I see so many people posting that you can get apts for decent prices there, but any time I look there's nothing less than what you'd find in Manhattan.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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SQF by SQF Astoria is definitely cheaper than Manhattan below 96st. This is espcially true if you rent in a multifamily private house.

For 2k, you can probably find a fairly decent 1 or 2 br apt.
I pay what you pay in FH, for a 1 1/2 br apt here in Astoria. So it's definitely doable, just gotta have patience and do some research.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:35 AM
 
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I guess my main criteria would be at least a 1br (I still can't bring myself to get a studio), safe area, at least the same distance I am now to the subway if not a little closer, laundry in the building, and lastly somewhat of an updated apt, say either the kitchen or bathroom..no checkered bathrooms! Walk-up, elevator (unless the building's like 10 stories), doorman, all that extra stuff I could care less about. And as for the Astoria thing, I couldn't agree more! I see so many people posting that you can get apts for decent prices there, but any time I look there's nothing less than what you'd find in Manhattan.
Your not finding that in Manhattan below 96th street.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Forest Hills, New York, NY
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Your not finding that in Manhattan below 96th street.
I have found quite a few well below 96th actually..just not in a place to make the move yet.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: NY,NY
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I have found quite a few well below 96th actually..just not in a place to make the move yet.
Really?

Have you actually visited thse apartments?

I think you are seeing lots of crap on Craigslist, which is not real, but come ons to get ripped off!

As far as Astoria, neither appear to know the market in Astoria at aall! Again, reality or Craigslist?

In Astoria you can get a 1 to 2 bedroom in the $1600 to $2000 range. Modern well equipped! For less you can find old and worn.

You can not get that in Manhattan.

Btw, Austin Street doesn't have a enough nightlife?
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:07 PM
 
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I have found quite a few well below 96th actually..just not in a place to make the move yet.
You found a 1 bedroom in MANHATTAN below 96th St, with a washer dryer in building that is newly renovated for $1600-$2000...
Please do share those postings!
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:31 PM
 
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I have found quite a few well below 96th actually..just not in a place to make the move yet.
Finding online and finding in person are not the same.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:38 AM
 
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I'm in a 1br by myself right now, very decently sized..I'd say 800-900sf (even though I'm not certain as sf isn't something that's always produced up here). And it's not even really close to the subway..walking it's maybe 5-7 min to the local train, 10-12 min to the express. There is a bus stop (Q23) right outside my door, so if I catch it than I catch it and it's a 4 min ride to the express stop..otherwise I take that walk, which is fine unless it's obviously snowing or raining out..I'm from FL and I've never had to use my umbrella so much. lol. Oh, as for budget, I'd like to stay around where I am now, but as I mentioned my gf will be moving up here with me within the next few months..so while I can't really give a definite answer to what the increase could be, but hypothetically, $2000 for total budget.

I guess my main criteria would be at least a 1br (I still can't bring myself to get a studio), safe area, at least the same distance I am now to the subway if not a little closer, laundry in the building, and lastly somewhat of an updated apt, say either the kitchen or bathroom..no checkered bathrooms! Walk-up, elevator (unless the building's like 10 stories), doorman, all that extra stuff I could care less about. And as for the Astoria thing, I couldn't agree more! I see so many people posting that you can get apts for decent prices there, but any time I look there's nothing less than what you'd find in Manhattan.
I would stay in Forest Hills if I were you. But you might want to check out Park Slope in Brooklyn or if you can afford it also Brooklyn Heights.
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