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Old 12-09-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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My boyfriend and I are apartment hunting in the Philly suburbs. We are both very adamant on living in the suburbs, not in the city, especially since we have two vehicles. We are in our mid-twenties, with no kids.

We are hoping to spend approximately $800 to $900 per month on rent AND utilities, but I can only seem to find apartments in which rent alone costs that much. Is our budget unrealistic for the area? Thanks in advance for any help/advice.
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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For most of the suburbs that amount of $ will be borderline impossible to find rent AND utilities. I recently moved out of a 2 bd, 1 bath, 3rd floor walk-up in Bala Cynwyd and that was $1200 which did not include cable or elec.

The suburbs are tough because many of the school districts are top notch, and the rental rates reflect it. It may not be impossible to find rentals and utilities for that price, but its going to be close to impossible. Do you have a specific area where you need to travel for work/school?
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:41 AM
 
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I live in the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia and around here you should be able to find a 1 bedroom apartment in that range. Check out Collingswood/Haddon Township/Oaklyn on South Jersey Craig's List. All these areas will put you close to PATCO and the Philadelphia/NJ bridges as well as having parking.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:37 PM
 
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I live in the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia and around here you should be able to find a 1 bedroom apartment in that range. Check out Collingswood/Haddon Township/Oaklyn on South Jersey Craig's List. All these areas will put you close to PATCO and the Philadelphia/NJ bridges as well as having parking.
True but u will also be living in the armpit of the country. Stay in PA its much nicer.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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True but u will also be living in the armpit of the country. Stay in PA its much nicer.
Hey now, let's not hate on South Jersey. Camden and Atlantic City's continuing challenges notwithstanding, the Jersey 'burbs does have its charming areas, some of which have already been mentioned. There are certainly a number of enthusiastic Jersey residents on this board.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:49 AM
 
Location: South Philly
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True but u will also be living in the armpit of the country. Stay in PA its much nicer.
Having moved to PA from South Jersey quite a few years ago (and being from neither place) i beg to differ.
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:29 AM
 
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I would strongly disagree with Hillrunner as well. People who tend to categorize NJ as the armpit of the nation have rarely actually lived in the state. Having lived in both PA and NJ they have their trade-offs. But don't be shy about looking on both sides of the Delaware because most of the communities along the PATCO and NJ transit lines feeding into Philly are great places to live.
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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Collingswood and Haddon Heights = armpit? I think not. Apparently Hillrunner is feeding off of second-hand knowledge and has never visited. Check out the area, it fulfills much of the OPs criteria.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:13 PM
 
Location: South Philly
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having re-read the OP . . . you should probably look in Oaklyn/Bellmawr/Gloucester City. The prices are more in line with what you're looking for. Also, maybe in Delaware County along Baltimore Pike
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