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Old 10-05-2014, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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..... I am literally going crazy trying to find a place to live that won't require a car, near or within shopping and amenities.....
The car-free part may require some looking, but I think it is doable. I live in a smallish city within Los Angeles County - there are lots of such small cities in the county - and we have a "Senior Ride" van which runs seven days a week. It is not exactly a taxi service, but it's close - you're supposed to make an appointment for your ride one to two days in advance, and the rides are free. (If you call the same day there is no assurance they will be able to accommodate you). My understanding is shopping and doctors' appointments are among the most common reasons for using the service, although I've never used it myself.

My townhouse is located within easy walking distance of a large number of businesses - a large supermarket, several hair places, a number of restaurants, a multiplex cinema, a copy shop, several banks, a post office, a public library, and more. The irony of that location is that I was not looking for a car-free location when I bought the townhouse, and I'm still not. It just so happened I liked that townhouse and the price was right. Just how convenient it was to so much I discovered only after moving in. If I ever have to give up my car I will be ideally situated; in fact I walk to most of those places now because I enjoy walking.

My point is that there are bound to be such locations if I found one without even being aware of it. (And there is even a retirement community located no farther from the supermarket than I am!) I would suggest starting with a supermarket location and going from there. Many such locations will have residential streets within a few blocks, and they are likely to have hair salons, banks, and other businesses close by to take advantage of the customer traffic.

 
Old 10-06-2014, 07:25 AM
 
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@Escort Rider. As a matter of fact, I have been researching prospects by googling supermarket locations first :-) and I go from there. Still, it's hard to get an apartment that fits my budget and I am neither low income or high income, just somewhere in between. But I find that because I'm a single occupant -- a one income household -- I am on the losing end because the rental market is skewed to attract a 2-income household. I especially hate it when landlords ask what my price range is, hoping I will quote a higher rate so they can charge me that rate for an apartment that probably rents for less. What's with that? They should quote their price and let me decide whether I want the deal or not. Greed -- that's what it's all about. I am not expecting them to make an unprofitable deal, but I don't want to be in a bidding war either -- that is just not right. Maybe I should start looking for a spouse instead :-).
 
Old 10-08-2014, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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^^^^ Yep, that would irritate me too to be asked my price range. I would refuse to answer that by politely saying, "Well, what is the rent price for a one-bedroom apartment there?"

Just a few minutes ago I noticed this Los Angeles Times article about the high and rising cost of rentals in Southern California. This is just not a place for people on an extremely limited budget: Southern California rents to keep climbing over the next two years - LA Times
 
Old 10-08-2014, 02:36 PM
 
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^^^^ Yep, that would irritate me too to be asked my price range. I would refuse to answer that by politely saying, "Well, what is the rent price for a one-bedroom apartment there?"

Just a few minutes ago I noticed this Los Angeles Times article about the high and rising cost of rentals in Southern California. This is just not a place for people on an extremely limited budget: Southern California rents to keep climbing over the next two years - LA Times

Well, you never know...almost everyone was claiming the housing market would continue to escalate before the 50% decline happenned, too...generally the "crowd" is WRONG.
 
Old 10-09-2014, 09:59 AM
 
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^^^^ Yep, that would irritate me too to be asked my price range. I would refuse to answer that by politely saying, "Well, what is the rent price for a one-bedroom apartment there?"

Just a few minutes ago I noticed this Los Angeles Times article about the high and rising cost of rentals in Southern California. This is just not a place for people on an extremely limited budget: Southern California rents to keep climbing over the next two years - LA Times

Interesting and truthful -- what I have always believed despite Economics 101. Real inflation plays but a small part in price increases, especially steep increases. The formula is 9 times Greed + 1 times real inflation = Market Price. Pretty soon more and more people will be living off the dole and the rent bubble will burst. Rent prices change like the stock market, but unlike stocks, increases are not based on the quality of the product or company. Every leasing company has this statement posted on their website: our prices change daily; please call for current prices. So the cheap rent advertised today may not be the cheap rent tomorrow. It's no wonder they ask you first what your price range is so they can gouge you for more money for the same space if you quoted a higher price than their bottom line.

I am not advocating that landlords should be altruistic and not make a profit, but I'm not sure that it makes good business sense, except for evil greed, to put renters in a bidding war. It seems to me that having a loyal renter would be more profitable than continually upping your rent to unreasonable prices yearly -- doesn't it cost additional money to keep re-renting to a new tenant?

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Here is an excerpt from the linked article:

Then there are issues that aren't really about housing but add to the housing affordability crunch — sagging wages for many working-class families.

Raphael Bostic, a former housing official in the Obama administration who now teaches public policy at USC, noted that there are 8.5 million households that receive no housing subsidies and spend at least half their income on rent, a figure that has more than doubled since 2006.

"It's not just homeless people who are struggling with housing. It's not just the unemployed. It's everybody," he said. "And it's all over the country."

Indeed, Green said affordability worries might be the one factor that keeps a lid on rents in the region over the next few years. There's only so much rents can climb before renters refuse to pay more and decide to double-up with roommates, driving vacancy rates up, and —eventually — rents down.

"That's the wild card," Green said. "Can people afford it?"

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Old 10-09-2014, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I am literally going crazy trying to find a place to live that won't require a car, near or within shopping and amenities. I've already removed warm weather from my list and upped my housing cost to $1100 plus utilities for at least 800sf space. No car expenses -- that stays on my list. Still, I'm finding it difficult. My focus has now changed to just whatever the best I could get for my housing budget, WHEREVER that is, for at least a period of 5 years. After that, who knows, maybe I'll be dead, or I'll win the lottery, or I'll meet a compatible life companion who is braver than me in decision-making.
If you're OK with winters, lovely New England, specifically where I am in the Five College area, would fit your needs. It's not metro, but it's in the midst of a vibrant education and culture area and an extensive public bus system and free college bus system town to town and campus to campus. You can get a nice rent here for what you can afford. DM me if you want more info.
 
Old 10-09-2014, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I am not advocating that landlords should be altruistic and not make a profit, but I'm not sure that it makes good business sense, except for evil greed, to put renters in a bidding war. It seems to me that having a loyal renter would be more profitable than continually upping your rent to unreasonable prices yearly -- doesn't it cost additional money to keep re-renting to a new tenant?
For reasonable and more stable rents, avoid the "lifestyle" cities and any area with comparatively (to other states) fast-rising property tax and areas that require flood insurance. These costs are passed along to renter from landlord and only go up, never down....in many cases big rent increases cannot be avoided if the landlord even wants to break even let alone make a profit. Stay away from known student housing neighborhoods; these places are notorious for gouging rents as landlords know housing is scarce and that students will bunch up and share a place. Many areas of the Midwest and mid-Atlantic offer more affordable rents.
 
Old 10-11-2014, 11:08 PM
 
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Hi newenglandgirl,

"....lovely New England, specifically where I am in the Five College area, would fit your needs. It's not metro, but it's in the midst of a vibrant education and culture area and an extensive public bus system and free college bus system town to town and campus to campus. You can get a nice rent here for what you can afford. DM me if you want more info."

I tried to DM you to ask for the general location of the area you mentioned. CD replied you can't receive DMs. Would you be willing to DM me with that info? I will appreciate it!
 
Old 10-29-2014, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Whenever I come to this site I get more and more options. I'm going to look into New England but think I will concentrate on Kentucky, Tennessee or Illinois. I won't have a large income and am hoping to find something that is based on income. I'm also seriously thinking of staying in Minnesota because I do like Fergus Falls, but haven't found information on rental properties. I have a hard time with that, especially when I think of all the people I helped with finding resources (I always worked in the nonprofit area). I would love to live in Idaho because it's so beautiful but ever since my car accident (which is why I'm retired at 61) and subsequent back surgery my family has begged me to stay close to one of them. I currently live with my sister 14 miles out of Fergus. This worked great after I had the surgery but we are too different & I don't want either of us to get angry. She's a wonderful sister but a perfectionist. I'm more artistic & if I get an idea to write or draw, the housework can wait. Thankfully the house was made into 2 separate units, with the downstairs made into an apartment.
She tries not to cringe when she comes down & I'm scared to touch anything when I go up. And no, my part is not especially messy but the dishes can wait if they have to, they're not going anywhere but my idea may fly away if I don't get it down when it comes to me. I also tend to have a lot of books around.
 
Old 10-31-2014, 07:17 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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There is a 'Village' senior housing co-op in Fergus Falls.

Give it a look (sometimes you can rent short term and buy later.)
http://www.villagecooperative.com/lo...0/fergusfalls/

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