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Old 11-26-2010, 08:05 AM
 
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I am moving to Nashville from Morgantown, WV in January. I'm a 23 year old male with a couple of liberal arts degrees and enough money to move, find an apt, job, and get situated without starving. I've read a little about Nashville in travel books and on the internet and it sounds like a good place to settle down for a stretch. From what I've seen/read East Nasville or the downtown area seem attractive spots to look for housing and work. I have a car but would prefer to do minimal driving, if possible. I am not seeking a proffesional career, but have exp in food service, retail and shipping. Trying to find a little information on good neighborhoods for young, reasonably laid back people. And was also wondering about the employment situation, i.e. are there low-paying jobs to be found like most regional cities or is the situation something different.

Any figures as far as rent for 1br apts and utilities would be great. If you can think of any tips/advice I'm not touching on those would also be appreciated.
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Old 11-27-2010, 04:38 AM
 
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May I ask how you have obtained a "couple" of liberal arts degrees at the callow young age of 23? By my calculations, you had time to obtain only one four-year degree. Am I missing something?

Alas, if you wish to labor at a low paying job (in this day and age? Yikes!) then consider looking for someone to room with. A low-paying job won't stretch far in these parts. An average rent in a safe Nashville neighborhood will run you at LEAST $750 for a one-bedroom (the trendy area rents run even higher) a month and that generally doesn't include the electric heat bill and the water fee--throw in at least another $100-$175 a month to cover those fees. Nashville is a lot more expensive than the rural areas of Tennessee but since you're young you will most likely want to live in East Nashville and around the downtown area.
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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I have two bachelors degrees, 4 1/2 years in school, not so difficult a task if you work hard and focus on the right classes to take from start to finish. Thanks for the advice and the estimates on rent/utilities. It's high (comparatively speaking), but it's about what I expected. I imagine I'll have to have a few jobs. Where I'm from you almost have to know someone to get started at a decent job, so "low paying" seems like all I can get these days until I get lucky or go back to school.

If anyone has any tips on good neighborhoods or apartment directories other than nashville papers and craigslist, let me know. Thanks again.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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An average rent in a safe Nashville neighborhood will run you at LEAST $750 for a one-bedroom (the trendy area rents run even higher) a month and that generally doesn't include the electric heat bill and the water fee--throw in at least another $100-$175 a month to cover those fees.
This is largely true, but not necessarily always. When my wife and I moved to Nashville, I basically blanketed Craigslist for weeks, looking for the cheapest deal...And we ended up finding a 1-bedroom place for $675 (i.e., $337.50 each!). It was in the "safest" part of the city: basically where Fairfax would intersect West End if it did so.

I was paying literally 1/3 or less of what a lot of my law school peers were paying, and living in the same area. It's possible -- you just need to work hard at finding those deals.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:22 PM
 
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P.S. Now I live in East Nashville in a much nicer, larger place for $900/mo -- with TWO (and possibly even three) bedrooms this time.
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