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October 8, 2012

David asks…

NYC vs CALIFORNIA living?

So been living in NY for the past 10 years (immigrated from poland when i was 12)… The people here are nasty and rude, I hate the cold, I have no parking spot (ever), the trains are a pain to take and driving to anywhere is pure stupidity (finding parking anywhere is like looking for a pot of gold).

So even though the trade off would be higher living expenses in CA, i am assuming i can easily find an room/apartment/townhouse for rent with a parking or garage and maybe a lawn in a decent neighborhood and all-year-round nice weather.

Note i am paying 1500$ for a 1 and a half bedroom apt, 1 living room, 1 bathroom and tiny yard. Living in a OK neighborhood. Street cleaning everyday so i have to move my baby not to mention people always hit my bumpers while parking.

How right am I? What can i expect moving to California? I applied to law schools there already so would like to learn everything i can about the living conditions there.

Administrator answers:

I think that you will find things a bit nicer out here. You put up with the smog and the traffic, enjoy the weather and pay your rent or mortgage. I think you can get a lot more for your $1500 per month than in NYC. My advice is to start checking out craigslist, rent.com, and apartments.com if you are looking to rent. You’ll quickly see that the minimum rent for a non-war zone is about $1,000-$1,200 per month for a studio or 1BR. Really nice areas (like the West LA area) easily run $2500 or more. Want to live near the beach? Expect to pay a premium.

“LA” is such a big place, there are so many neighborhoods/cities where you can live. Of course, even within a city or neighborhood, there are safer sections and less-safe sections.
In Los Angeles, some nice sections are West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Los Feliz, Silverlake, and Eagle Rock. In the Valley(part of LA), you have Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Granada Hills, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, and Chatsworth. Glendale and Burbank are good places, and are incorporated cities of their own.

To the east: South Pasadena, parts of Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Glendora, San Dimas, Laverne, Azusa, Rancho Cucamonga.

Along the beach: Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rancho PV.

In Orange County aka “The OC”: Seal Beach , Huntington Beach , Newport Beach , Corona Del Mar , Laguna Beach , Dana Point , Capistrano Beach , San Clemente , Brea, Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest

To the west: Agoura, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Moorpark.

This is not an all-inclusive list, but it’s a start. I would start looking in Orange County. There’s more room and more parking.

Helen asks…

NYC vs. Miami living?

So been living in NY for the past 10 years (immigrated from poland when i was 12)… The people here are nasty and rude, I hate the cold, I have no parking spot (ever), the trains are a pain to take and driving to anywhere is pure stupidity (finding parking anywhere is like looking for a pot of gold).

I am assuming i can easily find an room/apartment/townhouse for rent with a parking or garage and maybe a lawn in a decent neighborhood and all-year-round nice weather.

Note i am paying 1500$ for a 1 and a half bedroom apt, 1 living room, 1 bathroom and tiny yard. Living in a OK neighborhood. Street cleaning everyday so i have to move my baby not to mention people always hit my bumpers while parking.

How right am I? What can i expect moving to Miami? I applied to law schools there already so would like to learn everything i can about the living conditions there.

Administrator answers:

With 1500$ you’ll be living like a king in most places in miami. People can be rude but its not so likely, knowing spanish helps getting around being that most of the population here is hispanics.

You could rent a 3 bedroom house in the city of Hialeah. Which is not a bad place to live at all. You could even rent a house in Coral Gables for the same price monthly. Maybe a 2 bedroom or something like that.It’s all very cheap down here compared to NY and there is plenty of space for your car. The weather is pretty good minus the humidity. During the summer it rains a lot but it beats the freezing NY weather. NY is just expensive and very high pace. Miami isn’t that expensive and it’s a lot more relaxed. I hope this answer helps your decisions. GOOD LUCK!

Daniel asks…

I am taking over room in an apartment in NYC and I am being asked to pay back some of brokers fee?

The guy leaving paid 15% of one years rent brokers fee for a 2 year lease. He moved in 6 months ago. His share (he has one room of 3) was $1800 and he is asking me to pay him $1,000 given there is 18 months left on lease and the rent they got for his room is $100/month less than standard in the building. He claims I would save $1,600 over course of lease or $600 after I pay him $1,000. I dont know how long I will stay in the apt (hopefully not until end of lease) and I think he should swallow the brokers fee, not me. Anyone have any idea of what is normal/fair in this situation?? Thanks!

Administrator answers:

I guess it depends on how much you want to live in this apartment. I lived in Manhattan many years & it’s real easy to get screwed with housing if your desperate for a place. Though he does have an argument for a return on his investment, it should have been his obligation to have stayed the entire time…putting the buck on you…is similar to say a prior renter just having put up an expensive security gate for the window & they have to move & want the new renter to pay them for it.?! There are other rooms out there but if this place seems right for you…maybe get him to come down some. He can find another to pay it.

Betty asks…

names of nice suburbs of NYC?

I plan to move to new york in a few years and I’m wondering what are some suburbs where I could find a 2-3 bedroom apt or house for under $1500 a month? Also, it would be nice to not have to worry about what colors my family and I choose to wear or about my daughter getting raped on her way home from places alone. I would be willing to commute 1-1.5 hrs from home to wall street. What are my options? Also, I guess I could do up to $2000 for rent but that would not be preferable. One more thing, good public schools or low cost tuition private schools.

Administrator answers:

First, let me address your issue about your daughter. No, she will not get raped. The chances of that happening are very low. Second, colors in your clothing should not be an issue either.

Another issue you have, is a 2-3 bedroom apt for 1500 in NYC is NOT going to happen. Maybe in an OK part of Staten Island.
Some good, safe, “affordable” neighborhoods in NYC are as follow (I will list them by borough).

Brooklyn: Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Sheepshead Bay, Bath Beach, Greenpoint
Queens: Sunnyside, Astoria, Woodside, Long Island City, Fresh Meadows, Forest Hills, Rego Park
Bronx: Morris Park, Throgs Neck, Pelham Bay, Pelham Parkway, Pelham Gardens, Riverdale
Manhattan: MAYBE Harlem. Manhattan is EXTREMELY expensive, and it is hard even to find a studio for that price in a good area. Sorry, but no.
Staten Island: Emerson Hill, Todt Hill, Great Kills, New Dorp

If you are looking for more suburban areas, with better schools, I suggest Long Island.

Try areas in Nassau County (first county out of Queens, and closest county to NYC.)
Rockville Centre has some nice apartments.
Also try: Franklin Square, Lynbrook, Great Neck, Roslyn, Syosset, Jericho, Plainview, Garden City, Carle Place, Floral Park, Bellmore, Merrick, Wantagh, Oceanside

Hope this helped, and Welcome to New York!!! (:

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