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Old 03-23-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: East Passyunk
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I'm moving to Philly in June and I need to find a studio apartment in Center City. My wife is going to hang back for two months to wrap-up a project she's working on in Richmond, so I need to rent by the month.

Here is the criteria I have:

Studio Apartment
Max rent $1500/month
The closer to Rittenhouse, the better
Furnished if possible
No pets, so no worries there
No car, so no worries there
The quieter the better

I've looked through the threads out there, but couldn't find anything that fit my description. I just don't want to end up renting in a dump for too much money. Any help anyone can provide would be appreciated!
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:25 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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Most landlords will rent month to month for a rent premium. Your target zip is 19103. You can get a nice studio for 1,500 but not furnished I don't think. The Windsor on Ben Franklin Parkway and the Sterling on JFK Blvd will hook you up with rental furniture. For that matter I guess you can rent furniture for any apartment, not sure of costs.
www.cort.com
www.4wallsinphilly.com
www.apartmentguide.com
www.allandomb.com
www.realtor.com (using the "rent" option)

You could also order a few things from IKEA and have them delivered if renting furniture is too expensive.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:29 PM
 
Location: East Passyunk
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Most landlords will rent month to month for a rent premium. Your target zip is 19103. You can get a nice studio for 1,500 but not furnished I don't think. The Windsor on Ben Franklin Parkway and the Sterling on JFK Blvd will hook you up with rental furniture. For that matter I guess you can rent furniture for any apartment, not sure of costs.
www.cort.com
www.4wallsinphilly.com
www.apartmentguide.com
www.allandomb.com
www.realtor.com (using the "rent" option)

You could also order a few things from IKEA and have them delivered if renting furniture is too expensive.
You're right, there's certainly a premium on furnished rents. I've found some on Craigslist for varying amounts. The problem is that most are set dates, whereas, I just want to rent by month (vs May 11 - August 27). I hate to waste my money on days I'm not going to be there.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check-out the sites you posted above (I wasn't aware of a couple). Btw - I'm renting furniture in Richmond, VA (just a couple pieces) for the staging of my house, and it's not cheap. Maybe I'll go to Target and get a $50 desk, an inflatable mattress, a chair and a tray table.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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The Ben Franklin rents furnished apartments on a month to month basis. Also, if you purchase furniture, check IKEA.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:52 PM
 
Location: East Passyunk
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The Ben Franklin rents furnished apartments on a month to month basis. Also, if you purchase furniture, check IKEA.
Funny enough, I called Ben Franklin, and the guy quoted me something like $3150 for a 1 bed (no studios). I almost choaked on my tongue.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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Why don't you go to housing wanted on Craigslist and put in what you are looking for.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:13 PM
 
Location: East Passyunk
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Why don't you go to housing wanted on Craigslist and put in what you are looking for.
Good call. You'd think I would have thought of that, but I always use Craigslist to search for housing or to sell stuff, but never thought to use the Housing Wanted section. Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:40 PM
 
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Funny enough, I called Ben Franklin, and the guy quoted me something like $3150 for a 1 bed (no studios). I almost choaked on my tongue.
Ouch! It's been a few years since I stayed there.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Center City
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When we were looking for temp housing here, one site we looked at is sublet.com. Not sure if you'll get something furnished in Rittenhouse for $1500, but it's a good site for searching the all CC neighborhoods. Good luck.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:47 AM
 
Location: East Passyunk
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Funny enough, I came across a great deal on Craigslist and am coming up tomorrow night to check it out. In any event, it's a 1bd 1br apartment (not suite) right in Rittenhouse for a ridiculous price. We'll see. I'll write back to let everyone know how it turns out.

Thanks for everyone's input!
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