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Old 07-28-2009, 10:56 AM
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my friend and I are both painters seeking a cheap apartment, single bedroom or studio apartment. Our price range is around 200 - 600 per month, and so far our search has taken us to some pretty awful neighborhoods. We're wondering what neighborhoods are good for people in our position [young, not accustomed to city life, interested in arts, want to live near center city if possible], where we might find relatable neighbors or a community that is accepting. We've heard great things about Fishtown and Olde Kensington. Are there any other affordable places with a similar kind of community?
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:58 AM
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If that price range is per person, you have a fair amount of good options. However, if $600 is the max for the two of you combined, you will indeed receive a dose of urban reality.

The best location I can suggest that would come close to your budget would be the fringes of University City that meld into the rest of West Philly proper: for example, the streets in the upper 40's below Walnut and above Chester. The area IMO is as socioeconomicaly diverse as it gets. You'll meet people from literally all walks of life. The blocks I suggested will likely be populated by working-to-middle class blacks, poor graduate students and your fellow "starving artists". As you move further east, you'll encounter college students and faculty (particularly from Penn) as well as middle-to-upper class households priced out of downtown.
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