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Old 03-10-2009, 07:48 AM
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Anybody have any experience with these or the surrounding area?

If we move to Tacoma we will rent for about 6 months before we think about purchasing a house.

Is the downtown area nice? What is parking like for these apts?

Any input on these is welcome and greately appreciated!
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:52 AM
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The downtown area has been dramatically cleaned up in the past decade. Lots of great places to walk, close to the waterfront, good restaurants, etc. Parking isn't an obstacle like it is in San Francisco or NY, but it's not abundant, either.
There are some very nice apts, and some more run down ones. I'd look more towards the Stadium District if I were looking.
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:17 PM
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Cool, might look into those then, I just found out that Hotel Olympus apts are income controlled or whatever, maximum income and all. Really low maximum income.
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:45 PM
Location: Downtown Tacoma
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The Hotel Olympus has federal low income tax credits so they have that income cap. The building has been known for problems in the past, nothing major just some nusiance issues. I believe The Korean Womens Assoc. just bought the building and I hear they do a pretty good job managing their properties.

Most of the rental properties around that block are low income (Winthrop, Olympus, Colonial). Though the neighborhood is not too bad. There are lots of good restaurants like Matador, Paddy Coynes, Capers, India Mahal, and Merende. Start your search for an apartment at the Bostwick Apt. (yellow triangle building with Tullys at 9th and St. Helens, I know many people who live/have lived there) and go north from there (St. Helens Neighborhood and Stadium District). There are many apartments and condos for rent. You can find many affordable apartments in the downtown area. Studios are going to start at about $500 a month up to about $800. 1 Bedrooms start at about $600-$700 for an older building and go up to $800- $1000+ in newer buildings. Small 2 beds are going to start around $900 up to $2500 for larger condos/apartments.

Check out craigslist.org . Look for condos/townhomes for rent too because you can get pretty good deals and usually parking comes with it at no charge.

Downtown is a pretty fun place to live. Lots to do/eat/drink. Pretty low crime. Lots of young people.

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