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Old 06-08-2009, 11:25 AM
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I currently live in NJ and hate the winters. Got laid off from a great job in NYC and am now on unemployment for another 5 months. A few questions:

Can I rent a 2bdrm apt in a decent & safe area for $600/mo? If so, where?

I am a single 40-ish blonde woman. No kids, only a cat, so I don't care about the schools.

My "real" job now is profit recovery (debt collections) for business owners (doctors, hospitals, builders, utility companies...basically any business) I work with a large national company, but as an independent contractor, so I'll be starting from scratch once I get down there. It is straight commission.

I have a side business of doing home pole dancing parties for WOMEN which I do on the weekends. It's usually for bachelorette parties and birthday parties. (I've been in the healthcare field for 24+ years, so don't get the wrong impression. I was never in that "industry". It is a legitimate business.)

So, I need to be in an area where 1-there are a good number of business owners and a business networking community and 2-there are women who are looking to do something fun on the weekends.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. My landlord is selling the house I'm renting now and I have until August 1st to move out.

Should I stay in NJ or is there opportunity for me in FL???

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:49 AM
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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IM not so sure about a 2 bedroom for under $600 in Tampa.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:53 AM
Location: Katy, Texas (via Clearwater, Florida)
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Well, the job market in Tampa is pretty bad. There are not many job opportunties; however, you can come to my house and pole dance for me. See? The doors are already opening for you.
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:38 PM
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My business has nothing to do with men. You'll have to go to a club for what you want.

***I would appreciate sincere advice from the posters here. I am serious about my move and I am seriously looking for advice.***

Thank you.
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:12 PM
Location: Boca Raton FL
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Hi pd101,
2 BR for $600 is really tough, if not impossible these days - anywhere in Pinellas or Tampa Bay - in a safe place for a single woman. You might get a 1 BR in a tiny apt. complex for that far away from the city, or you might consider renting a room from someone that accepts pets in town.

Rental Condos are an untapped option these days - Just know that if you choose to rent a condo - many do not accept pets. Some do, but it varies - apartments are far easier with pets.

Sounds like you need to be in town. It's expensive in Tampa Bay living in the city centers.
Most nice, safe 1 BR directly in town are more like $800 - 1000 per month downtown.

You might consider the Gandy area of St. Pete - it's a very short drive to both downtown St. Pete and Tampa. (maybe 15-20 minutes to each city center) The rents are also less expensive there and there are tons of apartments that accept pets.

The good news: The Tampa Bay area is pretty easy to drive.
If you position yourself near a major freeway (like the Gandy area), you can get to where you are going in no time. (Not much traffic)

Good luck to you. I moved here 7 years ago and really love it.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:53 PM
Location: Clearwater, FL
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I was born and raised in St Pete and now live in Clearwater. I agree the condo rentals are a great alternative. I actually rent a 2/2 in a gated golf community that has been moderately updated for $825/mo which includes water and basic cable. I found it through a realtor on Craigslist. But realtor.com has rentals on it too. $600/mo will be a stretch as far as finding something decent and safe. I'm also a single girl so I understand. Not sure how your business opps are here tho. Job market is pretty tough as it is everywhere. If you like a more laid back lifestyle with beaches nearby then I would suggest the St Pete/Clearwater area. If you are more urban, Tampa. Hope this helps!!!
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:10 PM
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I'm a from Jersey as well, and just moved to Tampa two weeks ago for work. I rent a 2-bedroom apartment on Rocky Point, but I'm paying 1150 a month. To be honest, I don't think your going to find a two bedroom for what your looking to spend.

As far as Tampa itself...its frigging fantastic! You'll get used to the ssllowwww drivers eventually (my only gripe). My girlfriend is looking at places in Clearwater now before she takes her journey down I-95 and shes finding prices in the area of about 900 for a one bedroom. Keep in mind, these are pretty nice complexes though, so if your not worried about that...I think you can do 500-600 a month, 1 bedroom somewhere in Clearwater.

Good Luck!
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:07 AM
Location: The 'burg
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Check garage apartments or complexes in NE St. Pete- usually a little cheaper than the mega complexes and walking distance to downtwon St. Pete.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:14 AM
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Thank you all so much for this infomation. Unfortunately, I'm staying up here in NJ for a while longer to try to figure out my next move. I dread the upcoming winter, but since I have no work lined up down there, I need to get something going up here before I go down there with no plans.

I found a basement apartment here in Belleville, NJ for $700/mo.+utilities. I guess no matter where I go, I'm looking at spending at least $800/mo. but it would be a heck of a lot nicer to live above ground in a sunny area.

Bobby, I'm glad to hear you are loving it there. I really want to move down there!!!!! I even looked into getting an Italian Ice Cart business to work along the beaches, but I found out that only Veterans are allowed to get vendor licenses to conduct businesses like that along the beaches. There's always something standing in the way of my dreams! (money...LOL!)

Now I'm working with a debt collection agency which is nationwide, so if I can get some accounts going up here, that will enable me to move and build my business up down there. That's the plan...wish me luck!
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