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Old 08-31-2013, 08:22 AM
 
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Ok so some background from this first time poster:

I currently live downtown Columbus (Short North if that helps any) in a great area, very open and free with fun local festivals and within walking distance of the Nationwide HQ with all their venues and many strips of bars within blocks that people from all over the city flock to. All in all the area is great and I love it here but at the end of the day I am wanting to get out of Ohio and get to a larger metro area with mass transit, big city feel, etc. Recently I have gotten a chance to take a job and change my career field (thank god!) that would take me to Philly. I've only been a few times in the past and for short trips of a day here or there, maybe a weekend but all experiences were positive though I know visiting and living doesn't always equate (NYC for example or even Columbus).

I wanted to know if anyone has any suggestions or advice if this move would match what I'm hoping to get out of it.

Any advice on areas to look at moving to? I want to have something 1,000/month or below and near mass transit so I could in theory not have to use my car and just commute to work that way. Work would be located on W. Allegheny Avenue so close to work would be good but again still on the transit lines. Thoughts on Manayunk, East Falls, or Roxborough? Some areas to avoid?

Assuming my income would it be enough to live comfortably on? My gf is planning on coming and won't have a job immediately so for the time being I'm planning on making it on my income alone until she lands something so please look at is as a single bedroom 45K cap situation when judging though I can struggle for a few months until she gets a serving job or something for the short haul.

If anyone has a sort of example budget or some idea like that it would also be extremely helpful.

Thanks to everyone for any advice you have I really need something to go on and the potential move is coming up quick.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:29 PM
 
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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W. Allegheny Avenue in north philly? Is your work close to the broad street line stop there? If so anywhere that suites your needs near the MFL or the BSL should work for you pretty good.
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:13 AM
 
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When are you moving? Sometime in the next 2 months
Where are you coming from? Columbus OH
Why are you moving? Work
Where will you be working?
W. Allegheny Avenue
Have you been here yet? Just short trips of a few days at most

Will you buy or rent? Rent
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend?
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend? Townhouse preferable but anything is fine. Somewhere in the area of 700-900/month 1 bedroom at least 2 preferable
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? hi-rise

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb? PA suburb

Are you married or single? Do you have children? Single no children
Do you prefer public or private schools? Not applicable
Do you have pets? 1 dog, small breed
Do you want or need a yard? no
Are you keeping a car? Yes but prefer to have a plan to park it and take mass transit
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? bustling please!

What do you want to be closest to? Priority with 1 being most wanted
Work 2
Shopping 5
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.) 3
Nightlife 4
Train or subway stations 1

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood? either works
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Philly
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manayunk, ef , roxborough are all good places. you may want to look at west germantown on chelten ave as well. youd be able to bike to work if you wanted. of all those places manayunk has the most to do.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:35 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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This question isn’t PC so if it gets shot down I will private message you.
Philadelphia is a very segregated city. Are you and/or your girl friend black, white, Hispanic or Asian? If you are black you will be welcome pretty much anywhere. If you are Asian or white there are many neighborhoods where you would be very uncomfortable. I ask because your budget is scraping the bottom of the barrel and in some of the more affordable areas your race is important. Also W Allegheny is served by buses, a commuter train station and a subway stop so an address or cross street is important. The best place for you or anyone to live is downtown (called Center City locally) but your budget would probably only cover a one room efficiency in a decent but not fancy building but in a great neighborhood in the heart of the action (No room for the car however). Manayunk, East Falls, or Roxborough are all great areas and more affordable than Center City and also more car friendly. From one of those you would probably drive to work. Manayunk is also an entertainment district while the other two are more quiet and residential

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Old 09-02-2013, 06:28 PM
 
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This question isn’t PC so if it gets shot down I will private message you.
Philadelphia is a very segregated city. Are you and/or your girl friend black, white, Hispanic or Asian? If you are black you will be welcome pretty much anywhere. If you are Asian or white there are many neighborhoods where you would be very uncomfortable. I ask because your budget is scraping the bottom of the barrel and in some of the more affordable areas your race is important. Also W Allegheny is served by buses, a commuter train station and a subway stop so an address or cross street is important. The best place for you or anyone to live is downtown (called Center City locally) but your budget would probably only cover a one room efficiency in a decent but not fancy building but in a great neighborhood in the heart of the action (No room for the car however). Manayunk, East Falls, or Roxborough are all great areas and more affordable than Center City and also more car friendly. From one of those you would probably drive to work. Manayunk is also an entertainment district while the other two are more quiet and residential
No problem, have read about the segregation before so if you consider it a potential problem its best to hear it now before heading out.

To answer your question I'm white and my gf is Hispanic though we both look like lighter Italians. In the areas I mentioned do you think that will be a problem? I don't take offense to much so please be honest.

Also I will be working on the 300 block if that helps any. I see a station a few blocks down that I was hoping to be able to use, seem like something reasonable or would you think car is still the preffered method of travel?
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Philly
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No problem, have read about the segregation before so if you consider it a potential problem its best to hear it now before heading out.

To answer your question I'm white and my gf is Hispanic though we both look like lighter Italians. In the areas I mentioned do you think that will be a problem? I don't take offense to much so please be honest.

Also I will be working on the 300 block if that helps any. I see a station a few blocks down that I was hoping to be able to use, seem like something reasonable or would you think car is still the preffered method of travel?
segregated as compared to what? i believe bryson was trying to tell you whites arent welcome in crime ridden poor black neighborhoods. seems like a silly concern really. asians and blacks dont get along. i really wouldnt worry about it much...philly is a fairly diverse city. anyways youre talking about k &a i assume. kensington and allegheny. its fairhill which is a very poor hispanic neighborhood. the area around k&a station is rough but busy. check out el coqui bakery if you want some good puerto rican food. the bus lines are the 57 & 60.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:42 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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I am guessing you will have free parking at your job so you will probably find it more convenient to drive if you are living in a car friendly neighborhood like Roxboro or East Falls. Most public transit involves going to or through Center City 1st and coming out again.
www.4wallsinphilly.com look in NW Philadelphia or trulia.com with the rent option and zip 19128,19127,19118,19129 Those are areas close to your job but if you are driving you can live anywhere including suburbs. If you are interested in Center City try zip 19103, 19102, 19107 or 19106
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Philly
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if i wanted to ditch my car and take transit to work id probably live in or around center city and take the 57.
bryson is correct that if you live in the northwest youd probably drive though ef /west germantown would be an ok bike ride if you wanted to ride and get some excercise. you could live in the burbs but theres not much of an advantage to it. its just further from work. the closer in burbs dont have much to do for a young person...and really ef is a suburb anyway.
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