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Old 03-24-2016, 03:03 PM
 
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I'm considering different areas, and I'm wondering if these all exist in Philadelphia:

• Somewhere to live that feels safe and is relatively affordable. (I don't expect to be making more than the typical entry-level salary for the area -- probably less -- and would like to be able to afford a reasonably-sized place with a roommate or two.)

• A thriving singles scene at least within a short commute of my apartment (say 20 minutes or so)

• Tons of creative, interesting people; "energy"

I'd greatly appreciate any feedback! Thanks a lot.
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Old 03-24-2016, 03:17 PM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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Don't know about cost of living, but ... Manayunk, Fishtown, Fairmount, Brewerytown, University City, Queen Village immediately come to mind.

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Old 03-24-2016, 11:50 PM
 
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Default Answered "Questions for Potential Residents" -- please advise?

Hey there! I've answered the questions for potential residents, which I've pasted below. I'd greatly appreciate any feedback!

If it helps at all, my priorities are really three different areas:
• Somewhere to live that feels safe and is relatively affordable. (I don't expect to be making more than the typical entry-level salary for the area -- probably less -- and would like to be able to afford a reasonably-sized place with a roommate or two.)
• A thriving singles scene at least within a short commute of my apartment (say 20 minutes or so)
• Tons of creative, interesting people; "energy"; jobs and activity in creative industries

Can I find these in Philadelphia?

And now the questions:
________________________
When are you moving? I'm not sure yet -- seriously considering different locations for a possible move.
Where are you coming from? Ann Arbor, MI
Why are you moving? (See above.)
Where will you be working? I'm not sure yet, but I'm definitely interested in living somewhere with a lot of jobs in creative industries. To my knowledge, this exists in Philadelphia -- yes? (For starters, I'm interested in music, acting, and writing, but I have a ton of different interests I'd hope/plan to explore/monetize.)
Have you been here yet? No.

Will you buy or rent? Rent.
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend? N/A.
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend? I'm really looking for somewhere that feels safe but is also affordable, and this is one of the reasons I am considering Philadelphia -- in hopes that this exists here. I don't expect to be making more than the typical entry-level salary for the area; most likely less.
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? I prefer walk-up with a bit of surrounding greenery, but this preference is among the lesser of my priorities.

Do you have a preference of living in a NJ or PA suburb? No.
(If you answered NJ - post your answers here: //www.city-data.com/forum/phila...-philadelphia/)

Are you married or single? Do you have children? I'm a 26 year old, single male without children. Being within a decent commute (say, 20 minutes?) to a singles scene is definitely high on my priorities list.
Do you prefer public or private schools? N/A.
Do you have pets? Also low on the priorities list, but it'd be cool to be able to get a dog.
Do you want or need a yard? Low priority, but that or some kind of shared outdoor space would definitely be preferable.
Are you keeping a car? Probably.
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? I prefer a sense of serenity in my immediate living space, and I'd say this is pretty important to me. That said, it's also important to me to be within a decent commute to bustling activity -- a block or two over would be totally cool. Within 20 minutes or so would be fine.

What do you want to be closest to?
Work #1.
Shopping
Basic services (supermarket, drugstore, etc.)
Nightlife -- this would be #2; I'm not too concerned with proximity to the others.
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? Here's what's important to me: a community with tons of creative, interesting people; "energy". In a general sense, I'd say that I like diversity -- but as a straight, single male, the aspect of being able to meet straight, single women of a similar age group is of paramount importance to me. That said, I don't need the singles scene to be right in my back yard, as long as it's reasonably close (I know I sound like a broken record, but a within a 20 minute commute seems reasonable).

Coke or Pepsi? I'm so glad you asked, please take a seat...
_______________________________

Thanks a lot!
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:54 PM
 
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Thanks a lot, Frank! I'll definitely look into the COL in those areas.

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Old 03-25-2016, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
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You really left out the most important part - how much you can spend? You say "affordable" but that has a different definition to everyone. So, how much can you spend... in dollars? "Entry-level salary" also can mean wildly different things so that's not really helpful.

Will you have a job lined up? If not, how much do you have in savings and/or how long to hold you over until finding a job?
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