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Old 08-20-2011, 06:55 PM
 
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Hi there,

I have just recently moved back to the metroplex after having been away for almost 5 years, living in SF, Chicago, Austin, and Boston. I grew up in Arlington and have come back for work.

Anyway, I have a lot of friends living in Fort Worth right now and am interested in living there and commuting to work in central Arlington (which I don't anticipate to be problematic for me, as I am familiar with what to expect).

I'm a young single professional in my early 20's - been working in the arts and nonprofits most of my life. I prefer a neighborhood with age and character, but close to my friends, who mostly live in the West 7th/Monticello area as they all go to UNTHSC for the most part. I don't mind neighborhoods that are a little dicey as long as they're up-and-coming, but I don't want anything straight up unsafe.

I don't like a lot of space - currently I'm looking for a studio, though one bedrooms aren't out of the question. Right now, I've been concentrating on Fairmount, Arlington Heights, and the Monticello/White Settlement area. All those are pretty central and seem in line with what I want. That said, I am finding that studios in those areas are pretty insanely cheap: anywhere from $475 to $650.

My main question is: what is a fair price for what I want? I'm experiencing the reverse of sticker shock here, as I just came from Boston where I was paying $850 for a room in a 3br before utilities. Everything here seems so cheap! I just don't want to go too low (though I'll probably know when I see it if I've gone there.)

What would you expect to pay in these areas for a studio? A one bedroom?

Also, if you have any other suggestions of where to look/specific apartments I would be happy to hear them. Being central is very important to me, as I still want the option of biking/walking most places near my house.

Thanks!
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