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Old 04-08-2010, 08:01 PM
 
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Hello, I'm moving to Connecticut soon and needs apartment search advice. I'll be working most of the time at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in new britain but occasionally go to UConn Health Center...

I'm looking mainly for a safe place for a single female, studio to 1BR, under $900, and an area where it's easy to go around with public transportation or where most stores are accessible by walking (a bit downtownish, but more safe & quiet, doesn't have to have a lot of bars or nightlife... just safe to walk around even at night)

I did some backreading on some threads here...West Hartford area seems to fit what I am looking for, but a bit pricey...I've looked through some apartments online.. anybody familiar with 711 farmington (west hartford), Franklin house (new britain), Boulevard west (Hartford), Campus view(New Britain), Capitol View, Park place towers? I've been reading mixed reviews about them...

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Old 04-08-2010, 09:04 PM
 
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Hello, I'm moving to Connecticut soon and needs apartment search advice. I'll be working most of the time at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in new britain but occasionally go to UConn Health Center...

I'm looking mainly for a safe place for a single female, studio to 1BR, under $900, and an area where it's easy to go around with public transportation or where most stores are accessible by walking (a bit downtownish, but more safe & quiet, doesn't have to have a lot of bars or nightlife... just safe to walk around even at night)

I did some backreading on some threads here...West Hartford area seems to fit what I am looking for, but a bit pricey...I've looked through some apartments online.. anybody familiar with 711 farmington (west hartford), Franklin house (new britain), Boulevard west (Hartford), Campus view(New Britain), Capitol View, Park place towers? I've been reading mixed reviews about them...

New Britain is very hit or miss. Campus View is the opposite of quiet (college parties and cops ALL the time), so take that one off your list. Franklin House is in downtown NB, neither safe nor quiet, wouldn't walk around at night there, and there's nothing to walk TO besides a CVS and some run-down plaza stores.

For $900, you should be able to find a studio or very small 1 bedroom in West Hartford, so I'd suggest focusing your search there. Try looking at Criaigslist and Realtor.com for rentals.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:43 PM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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Hello, I'm moving to Connecticut soon and needs apartment search advice. I'll be working most of the time at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in new britain but occasionally go to UConn Health Center...

I'm looking mainly for a safe place for a single female, studio to 1BR, under $900, and an area where it's easy to go around with public transportation or where most stores are accessible by walking (a bit downtownish, but more safe & quiet, doesn't have to have a lot of bars or nightlife... just safe to walk around even at night)

I did some backreading on some threads here...West Hartford area seems to fit what I am looking for, but a bit pricey...I've looked through some apartments online.. anybody familiar with 711 farmington (west hartford), Franklin house (new britain), Boulevard west (Hartford), Campus view(New Britain), Capitol View, Park place towers? I've been reading mixed reviews about them...
If you can find an apartment in New Britain that's located in either the Stanley Park/Golf Course area or Walnut Hill Park neighborhood, definitely check it out. These areas are actually pretty nice. The streets themselves are walkable but there's not really any stores that are close. But it would probably be less expensive.

As for 711 FarmingtonAve in W Hartford, that neighborhood is fine. There's actually a few mid-rise apartment buildings right next to each other on that strip and they've always appeared well-kept. Still, get a look at the unit there before you sign a lease. WH Center would be a long walk, but on the avenue closer to that apartment building there are a few stores and ethnic restaurants (Butterfly, Tokyo Sushi is opening in a couple weeks, a few Indian grocery stores, etc.)
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:42 PM
 
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West Hartford near Blue Back Square and the Center is your best bet. There is a lot of rental housing within walking distance.
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Old 04-13-2010, 02:11 AM
 
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thank you all for your suggestions. they are very informative.

I'm exploring another option. how about getting a room for rent first. do they offer shorter term of lease? I am thinking of familiarizing myself with the different areas and getting settled first. don't want to end up with a long term lease in an apartment I don't really like.

by the way does anyone have any idea of some place to stay while going around looking for apartments? are there any affordable extended stay hotels or room for rent for just a month or two?
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:24 PM
 
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I don't know when you're planning to move, but you could ask around at some local universities, like UHart. Sometimes a few students will get together and rent a house or a large apartment, and one of them will leave a couple months earlier than the others, because they're attending a summer program or leaving school. Depending on the landlord, you might be able to sublet the vacant room, and make up the end of the previous tenant's lease. If the living arrangement works for you, you might stay on through the year.

As for where to live: if you're willing to have roommates, West Hartford is by far the best choice. It can be pricy if you're living alone, but share an apartment with others and you'll be paying far less than $900 per person. I'd rather take that route than have a tiny studio or live in a sketchy area, myself. Otherwise, you might find something in the Elmwood area.
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:31 PM
 
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Why has no one mentioned Newington?

Easy for both UConn and NBG, safe, clean, decent.
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Why has no one mentioned Newington?

Easy for both UConn and NBG, safe, clean, decent.
I agree. Other options would be Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Cromwell and Middletown. Jay
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:02 PM
 
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Hi, I have a daughter in the same boat...Muggle, what have you learned?
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