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Old 01-18-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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Hello all I have lived in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg for the last several years and I am expecting a job offer in Philly which will require me to move to Philly or at least reasonably close. I am completely unfamiliar with the city of Philadelphia. Below is my information and any advice is greatly appreciated.

When are you moving? Within 30 days
Where are you coming from? just outside of Harrisburg
Why are you moving? New job
Where will you be working? Center City -
444 N 3rd Street, Phila, PA
Have you been here yet? Only briefly for interview

Will you buy or rent? Rent

If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend? mid-800's
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? walk up

Are you married or single? Do you have children? Married no kids
Do you prefer public or private schools? N/A
Do you have pets? Small dog - need apt that is pet friendly
Do you want or need a yard? N/A
Are you keeping a car? Yes but may use public transportation
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? Calm and quiet

What do you want to be closest to?
Work
Shopping
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)
Nightlife
Train or subway stations

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood? Not important as long as area is reasonably safe.


My main criteria is reasonable commute via car or train/bus, safety and price.

Thanks for any input.

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Old 01-18-2012, 03:42 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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This is a start. They list 32 apartments in Philly area and they all appear to be high end. (this isn't an area with pet friendly landlords) Your budget is pretty low

Pet Friendly Apartment Rentals and Hotel Directory accepting Dogs, Cats and Other Pets
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:18 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply.

I've also looking into Manayunk, Roxborough, Conshohocken per some reccomendations on the forum.

Can anyone with some knowledge of these places provide some input on the areas and/or decent apartments in the area? I may be able to bump my rent budget up to mid-900's but that is the upper limit.

I've done a lot of looking online at apartments and review sites but it's hard to get objective advice, the landlords post positive comments and disgruntled former tenants post negative so it's hard to know who to believe.
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring,MD Orlando,Fl
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In Conshohocken check out riverwalk at millemium by bozzuto group. Newer apartments a little expensive but the dog owner and people that live there are really nice.

In plymouth meeting norristown area check out regatta apartments also by bozzuto group a little more expensive but lots of dog owners and the apartments are close lots of shopping and major highways including the turnpike,76 and 476. I lived at regatta apartments and loved it.

Integrated Real Estate Services - The Bozzuto Group
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Center City
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I actually used a Real Estate Agent to find my Apartment in Center City. It was the best move that I made. She found a condo that was rented by the owner of the unit, which IMO is much better to deal with than someone (possibly a jerk) at the property management office.
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