Moving to Philadelphia: housing advice?

  • djvan

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    Sep 11, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    Hello! I'm looking at moving to Philadelphia for a job at The University of Pennsylvania in early October. I'm from Michigan, and have never visited the city before. I'm looking for housing advice: apartments to avoid, areas to avoid, etc.

    I'm looking for a ~3 bedroom 2 bath that runs around $700/room/month for rent. It's imperative that it's close to campus (prefer walking distance), although I'd consider something further out if it was near the Septa train.

    Thanks for any advice you might have!
    Jake
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    Sep 12, 2013 1:00 AM GMT
    try off=campus housing

    http://offcampushousing.upenn.edu/

    3 br for 700, forget it
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    Sep 12, 2013 1:03 AM GMT
    Yeah... you're never going to get anything in the university city area for 700...
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    Sep 12, 2013 1:04 AM GMT
    ^^

    not even 1500

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    Sep 12, 2013 1:07 AM GMT
    I am looking for a 9 bedroom ocean front with a private dock for no more than 300 a month.

    Maybe We could both go in halvsies on that apartment Mary Tyler Moore had....
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    Sep 12, 2013 1:37 AM GMT
    Cash saidI am looking for a 9 bedroom ocean front with a private dock for no more than 300 a month.

    Maybe We could both go in halvsies on that apartment Mary Tyler Moore had....


    With the panic room for when the Bird Streets guys find out where We are?

  • Kwokpot

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    Sep 12, 2013 1:49 AM GMT
    Didn't you do any research before accepting this job? There is no major city where you can get what you're looking for. Where on earth did you pull up those numbers? And why do you need 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms?

    You are DEFIANTELY going to have sticker shock. and beware, the affordable housing stock in Philly is in bad shape. If that's your budget, you're going to be living no where near the campus.
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    Sep 12, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    Cash saidI am looking for a 9 bedroom ocean front with a private dock for no more than 300 a month.

    Maybe We could both go in halvsies on that apartment Mary Tyler Moore had....


    The hell with halvsies. You can buy the whole house for a measly $2.895 million.

    http://realestate.msn.com/blogs/listed-buy.aspx?post=ad3327b6-b852-4c06-ab80-8ac08c91c053
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    Sep 12, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    turbobilly said
    Cash saidI am looking for a 9 bedroom ocean front with a private dock for no more than 300 a month.

    Maybe We could both go in halvsies on that apartment Mary Tyler Moore had....


    The hell with halvsies. You can buy the whole house for a measly $2.895 million.

    http://realestate.msn.com/blogs/listed-buy.aspx?post=ad3327b6-b852-4c06-ab80-8ac08c91c053


    Will they take $1,000 down and do a 180 year mortgage? icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 12, 2013 4:11 AM GMT
    I was born and raised in South Jersey ( outside of Philadelphia) From where I lived...Philly was only a 15 minute ride on the PATCO train.

    Consider some areas in Southern Jersey such as:

    Collingswood (Gay friendly town where I grew up at right along the PATCO line)
    Haddon Township and Haddonfield: All three towns are within a 20 minutes drive from Philadelphia and they are located close to the train. I must tell you that your budget for those towns in NJ is too low for a 3BR, when I lived there I was paying close to $850 for a one bedroom. Good luck!!!
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    Sep 12, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    my advice..just dont let these guys know where you live...

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    Sep 12, 2013 11:06 AM GMT
    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/apa/4051027242.html

    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/apa/4012647092.html

    700 for 3 bed two bath is rather unrealistic... But its not impossible. You can find those places they will just be in "transitional" neighborhoods. Meaning, don't walk around at night with headphones in, don't leave valuable in your car in plain sight, and be discreet about your personal life.

    Finding something in walking distance to a university for that price will be impossible unless you are paying 700 for one of the bedrooms in a three bedroom apt, and even that will be hard to find.
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    Sep 12, 2013 11:14 AM GMT
    One of my friends from Penn State, is a realtor in Philly. He is always posting on his facebook about where to live and where not to live in Philly. He can help you find an apartment. He will respond if you contact him on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/BrianGBrittingham?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

  • djvan

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    Sep 12, 2013 12:57 PM GMT
    Haha! Sorry for the confusion everyone, I mean $700 per bedroom - so ~$2100 for the 3 bedroom unit. I'd be looking for roommates.
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    Sep 13, 2013 12:51 AM GMT
    MikkyB saidI was born and raised in South Jersey ( outside of Philadelphia) From where I lived...Philly was only a 15 minute ride on the PATCO train.

    Consider some areas in Southern Jersey such as:

    Collingswood (Gay friendly town where I grew up at right along the PATCO line)
    Haddon Township and Haddonfield: All three towns are within a 20 minutes drive from Philadelphia and they are located close to the train. I must tell you that your budget for those towns in NJ is too low for a 3BR, when I lived there I was paying close to $850 for a one bedroom. Good luck!!!


    Good advice!! Welcome to South Jersey
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    Sep 13, 2013 12:51 AM GMT
    djvan saidHaha! Sorry for the confusion everyone, I mean $700 per bedroom - so ~$2100 for the 3 bedroom unit. I'd be looking for roommates.


    Why would you want to take the risk on the roomate situation though?
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 13, 2013 12:59 AM GMT
    Montgomery County maybe???
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    Sep 13, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    If new in town why not room with someone else instead of getting the lease. That way you can learn the different areas without necessarily being tied in. I'm somewhat familiar with Cherry Hill/Marlton area of south Jersey from visits there. My last time I happen to catch the college scull races along I think it was Cooper River. Very nice area, not far from Phili.

    The only thing in that area is stay out of Camden. I got lost in there one time when I came off a highway way too soon out of Phili. How much ya wanna bet I was the only car with its top down.
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    Sep 13, 2013 6:57 AM GMT
    I'm from the Philly area and lived for a few years in Oreland, PA just a short train ride into the city. I paid $355 for my room in a 2 bedroom apartment. You'll def find a room in your price range. Good luck!
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    Sep 14, 2013 1:35 PM GMT
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    djvan saidHaha! Sorry for the confusion everyone, I mean $700 per bedroom - so ~$2100 for the 3 bedroom unit. I'd be looking for roommates.


    Why would you want to take the risk on the roomate situation though?

    It can be a really good way to make new friends


    I was focusing on the economic risk > I assume this gentleman at his age would be looking for around $750 a month rental. So he is "exposed" on the lease for the two other rooms at $1500. I grant you a nice way to meet new friends, but if they bag out you are on the hook.
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    Sep 14, 2013 2:15 PM GMT
    Who moves TO Philly? Lol. Jk. I have family there.
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    Sep 14, 2013 2:28 PM GMT
    theantijock saidIf new in town why not room with someone else instead of getting the lease. That way you can learn the different areas without necessarily being tied in. I'm somewhat familiar with Cherry Hill/Marlton area of south Jersey from visits there. My last time I happen to catch the college scull races along I think it was Cooper River. Very nice area, not far from Phili.

    The only thing in that area is stay out of Camden. I got lost in there one time when I came off a highway way too soon out of Phili. How much ya wanna bet I was the only car with its top down.


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  • Kwokpot

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    Sep 14, 2013 2:39 PM GMT
    Myol saidWho moves TO Philly? Lol. Jk. I have family there.

    Philly is actually a VERY nice place to live. Center City, the main 'downtown' area, is extremely walkable and affordable place to live, and has a European feel to it due to the scale of the streets and buildings.
    The media plays up the violence here, and statistics don't lie, but most of the violence is concentrated in specific neighborhoods.
    Because of the two main industries, Education & Medical, the economy of Philly is pretty stable; doesn't really soar that much in boom times, but doesn't plummet in bad.
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    Sep 14, 2013 2:57 PM GMT
    Check the Powelton Village neighborhood north of Drexel U. Lots of shared housing options there. You won't find anything close to that price range but you'll find cheaper options and if you might even find a spot with a great skyline view of downtown.