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Old 11-05-2014, 05:51 PM
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Hi All,

After perusing these forums for a similar post, I couldn't find a thread that was similar enough to my situation, so I'm here asking for this community's help. Thank you for any advice you can provide. Here are the relevant facts:

- I am a late twenties male making the move to Phoenix before the end of the year.
- I will be working in downtown Phoenix. While I have a car, it would be nice to have a short commute to work.
- I am only looking to rent. My budget for a 1 bedroom apartment is $1000-1400/month.
- Close access to nightlife, walkability, grocery stores, and walking distance to the light rail are all preferable. Access to outdoor recreation is not really a priority.

After doing research, I have come to the conclusion that the Roosevelt historic district and camelback corridor areas are probably the best fit. My concern with the former is that the downtown area (from personal experience) did not feel safe to me, especially walking at night. It also seemed pretty dead; however, I was near the sports stadiums and not the Roosevelt district area. I have never been to the camelback corridor area.

I would love any first hand recommendations on whether I should focus on these areas or some other areas I didn't mention. Thanks for any advice!
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:59 PM
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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A one bedroom apt downtown should only be 400-600 a month unless you're paying for a fancy address.
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:11 PM
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Welcome! There are quite a few options for places to live within a short drive of downtown. With your budget you can pretty much afford the nicest 1 bedroom apartment you come across. Since you want close access to nightlife and want to be within walking distance of the lightrail then you would have to live in Midtown or downtown Phoenix itself. Our downtown is actually very safe. Sure there are homeless walking around and what not but you never hear stories on the evening news about people getting robbed at gun point in downtown. I've personally never felt unsafe downtown. But yes to your question about downtown Phoenix being dead at night. Downtown Phoenix is very much a 9-5 place and not a nightlife hotspot when the sun goes down. However, if you don't mind being surrounded by college aged people a few years younger than you then you could also live in downtown Tempe and bar hop on Mill until your legs give out. There are two light rail stops that go right through the Mill Ave District of Tempe and you could also light rail it to work if you find an apartment/condo that close to a stop. I do think you would much prefer the Camelback Corridor and Biltmore area though. There's a lot to do in the area and you have some of the best outdoor recreation (Camelback Mountain) nearby. It's not very walkable though but neither is most of Phoenix. You have to utilize a car here it's just a way of life.
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:19 PM
Location: ATL now
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With that budget you will be comfortably living in Phoenix. Definitely check out Downtown Phoenix or Downtown Tempe. There some nice rentals in my neighborhood of Garfield, and in the Roosevelt district check this out Phoenix Rental
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:01 PM
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would be nice to ride the light rail to work every day....read the paper, get some work done, text a bit, instead of hauling the car out and driving thru rush hour....and possibly having to pay for parking if work doesn't provide it

you might consider the popular Central and Camelback intersection area....somewhat walkable to standard necessities on that corner, on the light rail for access to DT or Tempe, and within a couple or three miles of upscale 24th (St) and Camelback with hip places there....

or some spot in Tempe that's along the light rail, but safely separated from the ASU scene, might work.....it'd still be very accessible to DT Tempe via rail if you miss college

if I worked DT, I'd sure look for ANY place near the rail and take it to work.....
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:55 AM
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thanks for the advice everyone...i think i'm going to settle on the roosevelt historic district...anyone have experience with the roosevelt square apartments?
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