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Old 05-06-2014, 06:29 AM
 
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The problem with downtown is that it doesn't meet the non-high rise criteria of the OP, but yeah, if she's okay with a 10 story loft building, downtown would be great.
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Old 05-07-2014, 06:01 PM
 
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Thanks for that, zach.

My preference for low-rise is about noise & vermin. Noise and vermin when you have only 2 downstairs neighbors? Easy to address. When you have 58 neighbors? Not so easy to address. I'm done with listening to someone's mental Jack Russell terrier bark for 19 hours straight, monthly visits from the bug exterminator who bears the look of a man who knows his efforts are futile, and lame explanations/zero action from my landlord with regard to the appearance of a fresh dead mouse in my bedroom each morning for 2-months (Thanks for nothing, Claude!). This is what kind of luxury $1600/mo will get you in a studio/jr. one-BR in the outer boros of NYC. I don't even think it's possible to touch actual NYC noise & vermin for under $2 grand these days.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:08 PM
 
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Thanks for that, zach.

My preference for low-rise is about noise & vermin. Noise and vermin when you have only 2 downstairs neighbors? Easy to address. When you have 58 neighbors? Not so easy to address. I'm done with listening to someone's mental Jack Russell terrier bark for 19 hours straight, monthly visits from the bug exterminator who bears the look of a man who knows his efforts are futile, and lame explanations/zero action from my landlord with regard to the appearance of a fresh dead mouse in my bedroom each morning for 2-months (Thanks for nothing, Claude!). This is what kind of luxury $1600/mo will get you in a studio/jr. one-BR in the outer boros of NYC. I don't even think it's possible to touch actual NYC noise & vermin for under $2 grand these days.
whew, yeah, that sucks. You'll be in much better digs for $1000 or less in virtually any part of St. Louis. That housing affordability issue in and around NYC sounds like it just keeps getting worse. Income inequality I guess.
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:59 PM
 
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If you are interested in working for the universities, Saint Louis University and Washington University are along the light rail lines and have good neighborhoods nearby. The only other neighborhoods off the light rail lines you may want to consider would be Tower Grove/Shaw area or McKinley Heights/Lafayette Square (both have a well traveled bus route that quickly connects to light rail) or McKinley Heights.

Hope you have a safe move and enjoy your visit in June!
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:08 PM
 
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whew, yeah, that sucks. You'll be in much better digs for $1000 or less in virtually any part of St. Louis. That housing affordability issue in and around NYC sounds like it just keeps getting worse. Income inequality I guess.
It's worse than ever. The new mayor just announced a plan for new construction dedicated to middle and low incomes but I don't think anyone can even identify what "middle" income is anymore. Seems if you make 38K and you don't have kids you're considered a millionaire. It's punishing.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:12 PM
 
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If you are interested in working for the universities, Saint Louis University and Washington University are along the light rail lines and have good neighborhoods nearby. The only other neighborhoods off the light rail lines you may want to consider would be Tower Grove/Shaw area or McKinley Heights/Lafayette Square (both have a well traveled bus route that quickly connects to light rail) or McKinley Heights.

Hope you have a safe move and enjoy your visit in June!
Thank you, mufilm! Washington U. actually has one of the best schools of social work in the country, so I'm familiar with it (I'm an alum of Fordham U.) I'll definitely be poking around the grounds and surrounding environs. Thanks again - I appreciate the help and generous support!
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:44 PM
 
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The areas surrounding Wash U are lovely for the most part! I don't think you'll have a problem finding somewhere nearby, if you do end up working at Wash U!
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:59 PM
 
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The areas surrounding Wash U are lovely for the most part! I don't think you'll have a problem finding somewhere nearby, if you do end up working at Wash U!
That's great news! Thanks, glamatomic!
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Old 01-08-2015, 06:11 PM
 
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Default Felt compelled to update ...

Hello St. Louis!

Happy New Year, everyone! Just wanted to check in here and express my gratitude to everyone who took the time and care to guide me when I posted this thread last year. Indeed, I did move in the fall of 2014! I left NYC Metro area in September for ... Los Angeles. Yep, traded one coast for the other. It's a big change, but I've still got the ocean. And it took a while, but I even managed to find a job in my field (social work) that I can get to on the bus. I consider this a victory in such a hypocritical town; everyone guns for green/organic but the V8 car culture is alive and kicking (and polluting and wasting resources ...).

Anyhoo, thanks again! I still plan on making it to St. Louis for some R&R in 2015. You can bet I'll be checking these boards before I make that trip!

buffalo72
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Old 01-08-2015, 06:49 PM
 
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Good luck
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