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Your Questions About Affordable Apartments In The Bronx

January 8, 2013

Jenny asks…

How much is the average weekly rent for an apartment in Manhattan?

And where is the cheapest place to live in NY?

Administrator answers:

Weekly…. On the affordable end 400-500, (best way…. Get a roommate or two)

You don’t want to live in the cheapest place…. Though if you aren’t bothered by commuting to work, look at the suburbs, Queens, Bronx…. MUCH cheaper.

Lisa asks…

Which cities should I pick to relocate myself?

I am a young women looking to relocate. I live in Laguna Beach in Califonia. I want it to be fun and relatively affordable with a good supply of jobs. Los Angeles, New York City, Miami. Or are there any other big-cities that you would recommend?
Houston, West Hollywood, Bel Air sounds pretty good to me too.

Administrator answers:

New York City is amazing. My favorite thing about it is that while the city is hustle and bustle, if you take a 1-2 ride you can have the complete opposite upstate. Unfortunately it is very expensive. A tiny (and I stress tiny) apartment can easily run 3,000/month. If you live on the outskirts housing is more affordable. In the Bronx there are some very nice places to live that are more affordable and can are only a 30 minute train ride into the city. Also, you might want to look at places on Long Island. Keep in mind that in NYC, you have very high taxes. Also heating is very expensive as well as electricity.

Unless you are fluent in Spanish, don’t move to Miami. It is very expensive to live here as well. Not as much as new york, but in comparison to places such as Atlanta, it is more expensive.

I have had several relatives live in LA and from what they tell me, it is not a nice place to live. However they tell me the suburbs are nicer. But if you are looking for a big city, then a suburb won’t suit you.

I have some friends that live in/by Chicago. I’ve heard a lot of good things from them about it. Housing can be pricy but it depends what you are looking for.

Atlanta is very nice too; you should look into it. It is less expensive than other major cities. I am actually looking to move there for monetary reasons. If you live on the outskirts, you can find nice, large houses for under 300,000. In places like McDonough, you can find a 2000 sq. Ft. House for about 180,000.

Helen asks…

What are some good places i should look for an apartment in New York City .?

Im moving to new york to start an acting & modeling career . well… i looked at an apt in The Bronx and Harlem there really nice & good prices . but is that a good place to look .

Administrator answers:

The best advice I can give for looking for an apartment is to keep your mind open. There is no one place where all the rents are going to be cheap and the apartments are going to be nice. The key here is patience and persistence. An apartment search in New York, especially if you have a budget can be frustrating and exhausting. You might look at a lot of overpriced roach motels, then find a place totally out of left field that’s such a great deal you think “WTF”?

The Bronx is a huge borough, and parts of it don’t have great subway service (and that’s your key to getting into Midtown Manhattan, where all the auditions/work is). You also don’t want to be spending half your life on the subway (believe it or not, it takes longer to get form the tip of the Bronx to the bottom of Brooklyn than it does to get from NYC to Philly). The part of the Bronx which is reasonable close to Midtown Manhattan is the South Bronx. While it is getting better, I wouldn’t recommend looking for an apartment there unless you really know the area. You might be able to get a cheap rent there, but if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you might put your life in danger. Stay away from Mott Haven.

Harlem is getting expensive. It is not, by far, the cheapest neighborhood in NYC. Not even close. East Harlem is still reasonable, but again, there are safety issues there, too, so you should know what you are looking for.

Here’s what I would tell you:

Avoid the brokers at all costs. They will charge you a 15% commission on one years rent on anything they find you, and it’s no deal. It’s going to be the walk up price.

Don’t rule out sublets or apartment shares. There are a lot of people in your shoes. Friendships and professional connections have been established by two or three people going in on an apartment. It’s not uncommon for two people to rent a one bedroom apartment, one person has the bedroom, the other has the living room, It’s like a studio with shared kitchen and bathroom. OR a bunch of people getting together on a big apartment. My first place was a roommate situation in a 3 bedroom apartment.

Craigslist has a lot of listings, but you do have to wade through a lot of crap and a lot of people trying to dick you around. But you can find a good deal. Just avoid the brokers. Check out the Village Voice, roommates.com, or sublet.com. You’ll probably find what you’re looking for on Craigslist, though, even if it is a pain in the butt. Just don’t walk into a situation that is obviously bad (like an old lady with 20 cats etc)

As far as neighborhoods, in your search, you should check out:

Bronx: Kingsbridge, Marble Hill (both these neighborhoods have 1 train service right into Midtown, takes about 40 minutes. They’re also pretty safe and pretty nice. A bonus is you have a Metro North commuter rail station right there so you can take a trip upstate or a fast ride into Grand Central if you’re in a rush)

Manhattan: Inwood or Washington Heights. On the upper tip of Manhattan. Beautiful, safe affordable neighborhood. I live here and only have good things to say about it. You’re very close to a huge park, the apartments are large and affordable. There are a lot of artists and musicians up here so finding a roommate situation up here would be pretty easy. You would be on the A train, an express train that gets you into Midtown in 20-30 minutes.
Again, check out East Harlem, just be careful. It’s not anywhere near as nice as Inwood or Washington Heights, but the subway ride into midtown is a bit shorter.

Staten Island: Check out St. George, Stapleton, or anywhere in the immediate vicinity of the ferry (25 minute ride to the bottom tip of Manhattan, and then a subway ride to where you want to go) Staten Island is getting a little more expensive, but you can probably find a good deal there. The ferry is free (!!!) ……. For now!

Brooklyn & Queens: A lot of neighborhoods there, and a lot of good deals. However, like I said about the Bronx, there are parts of it that don’t have great subway service, or areas where you’d spend half your life on the subway. Like the Bronx, there are also neighborhoods that are downright dangerous!

The neighborhoods that come to mind for Brooklyn & Queens (where you can (still) find a good deal and reasonably accessible to midtown): Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Jackson Heights, Ozone Park, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Heights, Bay Ridge and others.

The neighborhoods in Brooklyn & Queens you should probably avoid (don’t be tempted by cheap rents) are Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwich, Jamaica, Crown Heights.

So there you have it. I know, looking for a place here can be a pain in the butt. Good luck. Sorry my answer was so long!

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