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Old 05-23-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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So just graduated college, NC State with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and got a job from Norfolk Southern. I will be based out of the rail yard on 2200 Redgate Ave. I am looking for apartments and having difficulties as I dont know the are well. I have found some in Ghent (Alexander at Ghent), and some father away Colony Point and Adermal's Way. I am looking for a 1 bedroom (studio can work) with AC and parking. I would like to have washer/dryer connections but not a must. Looking at rent around $1000/mo max, but would really like to stay around the $700-800 range. I do not mind driving 30 min in the AM to get to work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:43 PM
 
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So just graduated college, NC State with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and got a job from Norfolk Southern. I will be based out of the rail yard on 2200 Redgate Ave. I am looking for apartments and having difficulties as I dont know the are well. I have found some in Ghent (Alexander at Ghent), and some father away Colony Point and Adermal's Way. I am looking for a 1 bedroom (studio can work) with AC and parking. I would like to have washer/dryer connections but not a must. Looking at rent around $1000/mo max, but would really like to stay around the $700-800 range. I do not mind driving 30 min in the AM to get to work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Go to apartmentratings.com
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:49 PM
 
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I have looked at apartment rating and alot of places have older reviews or do not have many. Also hard to know if all the bad reviews or some of the bad reviews are just a small number of people who just got pissed off.

Mainly looking for some places around that are that could work, i.e. people who know how far I could stay and still keep travel to work around 30 min with AM traffic.
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Old 05-23-2010, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads VA
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I don't think you can really go wrong with anything in Ghent. Whatever you do, stay in Norfolk! You do not want to deal with either the Downtown tunnel or the Midtown tunnel on a daily basis if you don't have to.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:16 AM
 
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Don't sweat it. Don't worry about it until you get there. When I moved to Newport News, I got a cheap motel for 2 days and apartment hunted all day long...found a place the first day. Too many people make such a big deal about finding an apartment. Doing it over the internet isn't advisable anyways. It's always best to see the place in person before obligating yourself to a lease.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:50 AM
 
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Just trying to find some places right now that I can go look at. In a few weeks I will be coming up to go look at apartments. But thinking the same thing that I just need to see them all in person and just pick then.
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Miramar Beach, FL
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Here are some rentals in Ghent:

Search and Find Homes, Houses, Apartments for Rent in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth and all Hampton Roads
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Old 05-24-2010, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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Just be careful & make sure you look at the places before signing anything.

I found some awesome sounding places in Ghent online & even spoke to the relator, aswell as viewing some pictures. We agreed to meet and go look at the three places I had selected. When walking past the neighboring buildings, everything looked great, but when we actually got to the buildings the units were in...I almost didn't go in because the outside looked terrible. I gave it the benefit of the doubt, but was disappointed once again when I was inside. The floors were rotten & bowing in places, kitchen/bathroom tiles were missing, and the stairs were falling apart. Overall I was pretty in awe that this relator had the nerve to charge what she was asking, when the apts were in such horrible state.

In the end we moved to Virginia Beach, near Town Centre. I am very pleased with my choice, especially how we're right in the middle of everything & close to many places of interest.
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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A lot of the apartment buildings in Ghent are owned/managed by real estate companies. Check out: Cavalier Land, Inc.

Also Cooke and Neff Reality used to run a bunch of them, couldn't find their web site though.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:44 AM
 
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A lot of the apartment buildings in Ghent are owned/managed by real estate companies. Check out: Cavalier Land, Inc.
I agree with this as far as places in Ghent and Downtown. I looked into some of their properties a couple years ago and was happy with all of them but ended up making different plans. They're not a bad place to start, for sure.

There's always craigslist too.

As far as commute staying under 30 mins, anywhere in Norfolk should be okay. If not Norfolk, definitely stay on the Southside (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth). A helpful tool is using Google Maps. If you know the address of a place you're interested in, just get directions from there to your work and Google will give an estimated commute time. It's not perfect, but usually in the ballpark.
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