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Old 04-15-2013, 11:28 PM
 
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You won't find "Grassy areas" here. Everything is burnt up or shriveled up and dried out.
No surprise. I'm coming from a truly desert state so I'm used to flat and dry.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:07 AM
 
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I don't know about apartments here really-have never needed to rent one, but I can tell you if you live on/ around Alameda, you'll be closer to some of the nicer parks in town, not all charred grass. You'll be in a prime location to take your dog on a walk and enjoy some nice gulf breezes.All along Ocean Drive there are nice places to stop and take in views of the bay. There are, as far as I know 2 HEB's on Alameda, so you probably wouldn't be far from a grocery store. This area of town is safe and quiet.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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I'm leaning heavily (sight unseen) to Armon Bay if they have an opening. The others on the short list for now are Normandy and Bordeaux. But i'm thinking they would be older and the electric bill might be higher.

What is an average electric bill for a 1-bedroom when you are running AC if you keep it set aroud 75 while you're gone for the day? I'd leave it at 80 but I have a little dog that will be there so I don't want it to get too warm fo her. I'm also thinking about bringing a fan to put outside her crate during the day to give her a little extra air.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:04 PM
 
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I'd call the complexes and ask about how their electricity is provided to tenants, and they may know how much bills run.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:32 PM
 
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I'm leaning heavily (sight unseen) to Armon Bay if they have an opening. The others on the short list for now are Normandy and Bordeaux. But i'm thinking they would be older and the electric bill might be higher.

What is an average electric bill for a 1-bedroom when you are running AC if you keep it set aroud 75 while you're gone for the day? I'd leave it at 80 but I have a little dog that will be there so I don't want it to get too warm fo her. I'm also thinking about bringing a fan to put outside her crate during the day to give her a little extra air.
Normandy and Bordeaux are definitely older than Armon Bay. The electricity bill will vary with exposure to the afternoon sun, whether the apartment is upstairs or downstairs, how well insulated it is and how efficient the unit is. We moved to a bigger house a couple of years ago but our electric bill didn't change at all because this house in newer, on a slab instead of pier and beam and brick instead of wood frame.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:32 PM
 
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I realize that an apartment on the top floor is going to be warmer, but I'm thinking of the safety factor. I don't want anyone crawling in through a window if I try to leave it open when the weather is appropriate. I also would prefer not to have neighbors above me as I have had a few that walked like elephants in the past or at all hours of the night.

So I'm willig to pay the trade-off in a bit higher cooling bill to get an apartment on the top.

Since I have to do this sight unseen, do you see any difference in the orientation to the south at Bordeaux, Normandy, or Armon? I was actually thinking about asking for a north-facing apartment. But I think that's asking too much! I'll be lucky if they have a unit available when I need it... we'll see.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:44 AM
 
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If you look up these locations on Google maps, you should be able to see how all the locations which would be important to you are oriented and their locations relative to each other.
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:59 PM
 
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So exploring a bit further, Armon Bay is not ona bus route to TAMUCC. Although I have a car I would prefer to commute on public transportation to campus and save the cost/hassle of parking there.

So now I'm leaning heavily to Bordeaux on Airline and Alameda. They advertise all utilities included. Hmmm....wonder if I can control my AC is they are paying for it?

Their office is closed on weekends so if anyone has more info on these, let me know!
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:13 PM
 
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There's several apartments on or near Ennis Joslin. Across the street there's a trail/park that is very relaxing and peaceful (called Suter Wildlife Refuge Trail). I used to go take my dog down there for a nice jog.

Not sure, but you may get more students living there since it's so close to the school. I guess there's a trade off.
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Old 05-11-2017, 12:37 AM
 
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Hi, i was reading all the posts as I'm also concerned to find a suitable apartment for myself. I found all these helpful yet my scenario is little different. I am international grad student and will be coming out of state with two minor children this fall 2017. They need to attend elementary and middle school. I'm a single mother. I have budget and looking for one bedroom apartment. I will avail the public transport. I have to find apartment online. Can anyone help me find a suitable apartment that close to the university as well as meet my other requirements and safe and child /family friedly. Thank you.
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