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Old 11-26-2009, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay area
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Here are our answers to the questions. Looking for suggestions re: neighborhoods to find affordable rentals. Many thanks in advance for any advice.

When are you moving?
January 2010

Where are you coming from?
Florida

Why are you moving?
Job and we just want to live there

Where will you be working?
Girlfriend will be working downtown (Arch St.) and I will hopefully be going to school at Community College of Philadelphia

Have you been here yet?
1-week visit in 2007

Will you buy or rent?
Rent

If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend?
Any of the above, 2-bedroom, prefer LESS than $900/month

Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up?
Flexible

Are you married or single? Do you have children?
Unmarried couple with no kids

Do you prefer public or private schools?
n/a

Do you have pets?
1-dog, beagle, 25 pounds

Do you want or need a yard?
Flexible

Are you keeping a car?
2 cars

Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet?
We like to be close to bustling activity but I’m a light sleeper and need quiet at night.

What do you want to be closest to?
**Work
Shopping
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)
Nightlife
**Train or subway stations

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood?
Flexible

Coke or Pepsi?
Iced tea ☺

Last edited by bravardmedia; 11-26-2009 at 09:52 AM.. Reason: Correct date
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:27 AM
 
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First, why do you want to keep both cars? Parking is problematic here in general. You may find it's easier to keep just one as public transportation is pretty reliable and can take you most places here.
If you're keeping a car and have that budget, probably Manayunk/Roxborough/East Falls area or around Fishtown or South Philly, however I have no idea what rent would be for 2 bedrooms. You can look on Craigslist.
Good Luck
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Old 11-27-2009, 09:22 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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www.4wallsinphilly.com is the best resorce I know for rental apartments with discriptions of the various neighborhoods where they are located.
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: South Philly
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i think it's funny how many people from Florida visit or move here mid-winter. Brrrrr.

Anyway, If you're both working/being educated in Center City there's no need to have a car much less two. Even if you did bring your cars you wouldn't be able to drive them to work and certainly not to school. If you don't have cars to worry about you'll also be able to stretch your housing budget a lot further.

I'd re-assess your car scenario and come up with a new budget based on that. Taking your housing budget from $900 to $1200 will make a world of difference.
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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If you're completely married to your cars (or at least one of them), you'll not want to live anywhere near Center City. With that in mind and your price range as well as your desire for proximity to bustling activity but not noise, I'd also recommend Fishtown. A quick search on Craigslist in your price range turned up several options for a 2 bedroom dog friendly rowhouses (not apartment) in the $800-$900 per month range. Fishtown has unrestricted street parking so there is no hassle with tickets or having to move your car. The neighborhood is very well connected to SEPTA bus routes and the Market-Frankford Subway. It'd be about a 20 minute commute for either of you to school/work.
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