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Old 11-30-2011, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Raytown, MO
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Hi everyone- my husband, son, and I are relocating to Salt Lake within the next few months. We plan to rent a house for a year or two before making the commitment to buy, and I was wondering if anyone could suggest any areas of the city that would be well-suited for us. We need three bedrooms and a fenced yard, and the house would need to be pet friendly as we have two dogs and a cat. If at all possible, we'd like to be in walking distance of shops, restaurants, etc. If our budget forces us to move outside of the city, we'd consider that as well. We would like to be in a safe area of course. My son is only 1 year old so schools aren't an issue at this time.

We plan to visit the area for a couple of days in mid-December. During this time we'd like to visit a few potential homes and hopefully make some decisions. In the meantime, I'm trying to narrow down our search areas so it's not so overwhelming when we're there visiting. We would need to begin the rental lease in mid-January or early Feb.

I appreciate everyone's help!

Another note- our budget is around $1800 a month or less, preferably less.

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Old 11-30-2011, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Hi everyone- my husband, son, and I are relocating to Salt Lake within the next few months. We plan to rent a house for a year or two before making the commitment to buy, and I was wondering if anyone could suggest any areas of the city that would be well-suited for us. We need three bedrooms and a fenced yard, and the house would need to be pet friendly as we have two dogs and a cat. If at all possible, we'd like to be in walking distance of shops, restaurants, etc. If our budget forces us to move outside of the city, we'd consider that as well. We would like to be in a safe area of course. My son is only 1 year old so schools aren't an issue at this time.

We plan to visit the area for a couple of days in mid-December. During this time we'd like to visit a few potential homes and hopefully make some decisions. In the meantime, I'm trying to narrow down our search areas so it's not so overwhelming when we're there visiting. We would need to begin the rental lease in mid-January or early Feb.

I appreciate everyone's help!

Another note- our budget is around $1800 a month or less, preferably less.
Consider Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Sugar House, and East Millcreek. Two dogs and a cat, huh? Same as me.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Raytown, MO
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Thanks, I'll be sure to check those out. Never a dull moment with all of the pets, huh?!?!
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Central City, SLC
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Consider Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Sugar House, and East Millcreek. Two dogs and a cat, huh? Same as me.
Katzpur is right: great areas for a 3BR, fenced yard, in that price range. Note, however, that in those areas (aside from the Sugar House core) you'll mostly have to give up the "walk to restaurants" wish.

You may be able to find something in the University, Liberty Park/Central City, 9th/9th, or 15th/15th areas for $1500-1800, and all those areas are significantly more walkable. But your 3rd bedroom may be a little small, or the yard may be small, etc. You may have to make concessions in one area, so be sure to prioritize.

I did a quick browse of the available rentals on a couple sites, and I found 3 nice-looking 3BR homes, fenced yards, within the areas I mentioned, all between $1600 and $1800. However---only one allowed pets. So they're definitely out there, but you'll have to dig to find the pet-friendly ones.

Good luck in your search!
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Raytown, MO
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Thanks Zionide. Good suggestion for prioritizing everything, and it will help us to make our search a bit more focused. The 3rd bedroom would be guest room/office so it can be tiny and that's not a problem. Can I ask you on what sites did you find these rentals? I've used craigslist so far and there is a big selection but no one is willing to wait until January to rent the homes...I see their point, the sooner they can start making money on a house, the better for them. From what I've seen, houses are rented out extremely quickly- do you agree with that?
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Central City, SLC
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Thanks Zionide. Good suggestion for prioritizing everything, and it will help us to make our search a bit more focused. The 3rd bedroom would be guest room/office so it can be tiny and that's not a problem. Can I ask you on what sites did you find these rentals? I've used craigslist so far and there is a big selection but no one is willing to wait until January to rent the homes...I see their point, the sooner they can start making money on a house, the better for them. From what I've seen, houses are rented out extremely quickly- do you agree with that?
I haven't rented in years, but from what I've heard from landlord friends, yes... it is a landlord's market and properties fill pretty quickly.

I looked at sublet.com, rent.com, craigslist, and zillow. Found the most on Craigslist and Zillow, but you're right---people won't want to wait until January. But I would think there will be just as many available by the time you're ready; use this time to familiarize yourself with the neighborhoods and the types of properties available in each neighborhood so you can spend time on the ground in your favorites when you are here. They you can focus your search in January on the areas you liked...
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Once the college semesater ends in Dec., there may be more places available due to graduating students.
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