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Old 01-12-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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Greetings, all.

So I'm considering a move to the Fort Lauderdale area and am seeking some insights into how much it would cost to rent a small -- a studio would suffice, even -- condo/apartment in the area. Parts of town I'm interested in are along the intracoastal waterway or downtown. Not interested in anything on the beach.

Obviously, I've done the standard searching in Google and have only found difficult-to-navigate sites loaded up with ads and useless links. I'm looking for some good advice from some locals or from some folks who have experience renting in the area.

My main issue is I don't want to spend a ton of money. I'd like to keep my rent below $1,100 per month. For a small one-bedroom or a studio, I think that's reasonable. That said, my limited searches online have yielded more expensive places -- more in the $1,400-$1,500 range. I thought prices might be cheaper given the abundance of empty properties I always read about down there.

Am I crazy to think I could find a small place in a nice building for around $1,100? Have I just not been looking in the right places online? Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks much.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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I am in search for the same. Downtown there is a complex called camden las olas. Rent for a studio is just under $1200.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:05 PM
 
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Thanks, cfo. I'll check into that. I've been surprised to find rent prices so high for some of these condo buildings, given the economy and the real estate bust. I thought a lot of those places would be struggling to fill up but maybe not ...
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:16 PM
 
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Man ... that camden las olas place has some awful reviews. If that's the best $1,200 gets you down there I could be in trouble.
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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Yea I visited the complex last week.....I wasn't too impressed with it but if I moved there it would only be up to a year, and for me I personally would be working/travelling much of the time anyway.

There is also Waverly at Las Olas which is right down the street. They have condos available for rent, I haven't contacted any owners but I saw online a few one bedrooms listed for around $1500+

Then there is 350 Las Olas Place, middle of downtown, the listings I saw are right around $2000+ for one bedroom.

Besides these, I'm sure there are some other apartments just outside of downtown for a lot less, and maybe even more preferrable (Camden Las Olas didn't even have a modern interior/kitchen). It wouldn't hurt to contact a realtor, I haven't done so yet since I dont plan on moving until later in the Fall.

Let us know if you have any luck!
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Greetings, all.

So I'm considering a move to the Fort Lauderdale area and am seeking some insights into how much it would cost to rent a small -- a studio would suffice, even -- condo/apartment in the area. Parts of town I'm interested in are along the intracoastal waterway or downtown. Not interested in anything on the beach.

Obviously, I've done the standard searching in Google and have only found difficult-to-navigate sites loaded up with ads and useless links. I'm looking for some good advice from some locals or from some folks who have experience renting in the area.

My main issue is I don't want to spend a ton of money. I'd like to keep my rent below $1,100 per month. For a small one-bedroom or a studio, I think that's reasonable. That said, my limited searches online have yielded more expensive places -- more in the $1,400-$1,500 range. I thought prices might be cheaper given the abundance of empty properties I always read about down there.

Am I crazy to think I could find a small place in a nice building for around $1,100? Have I just not been looking in the right places online? Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks much.
Fort Lauderdale can get a heck of a lot more affordable if you expand your search. If you absolutely need to live on the Intracoastal or Las Olas, you are going to pay big money, because that's always an in-demand area.

I live in a 2BR/2BA east of 95 in Oakland Park in a safe complex and pay 900 a month for it. Tons of guest parking and I'm literally 10 minutes from Las Olas. I just couldn't fathom paying 1200 for a studio just to be that much closer to Las Olas (and I used to pay 1200 for a 1BR in a prime part of Chicago).

Good luck - but you can still be really close to the water (I'm 1.5 miles from the Ocean) and east of 95 in a good neighborhood for a lot less then what you are willing to pay.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale
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If you are willing to not have a washer and dryer, you should find something. Port Royale has tiny one bedrooms for under a grand, they have beautiful grounds and public spaces but the units themselves have some serious bug problems. They are on the intracoastal
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Hillsboro Beach
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"The Solé" building in Fort Lauderdale on NE 3rd ave and 5th street close to downtown area is very popular among young professionals and you can rent a 1/1 unit for an average of $1,100 a month with washer and dryer within.
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale
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I think the Sole is a little dangerous - be cautious if you choose to live in the Sole
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:33 PM
 
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Thanks for the insights, all. After searching around I've started to focus more on the Hollywood area -- and, in particular, the part of Hollywood closest to Young Circle. Seems like a pretty cool area with lots to do and there also seem to be some nicer, more affordable places than what one could find in Fort Lauderdale.

Any insights into the Young Circle area of Hollywood?
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