(Closed) RENTER Bees!

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Post # 46
1167 posts
Bumble bee

ksn1219:  OH hey don’t be jealous.  We got the second worst traffic in the United States, the cost of living is high, homes are expensive (island is too small LOL).  Public school system is insanely in-need of repair.  Roads are always being repaired (the salty wind due to ocean reason).  And, we get paid LESS than our couterparts in mainland United States. 

But family is here.  There are always something to do outdoors (water activities, festivals, music festivals, etc.).  Temperatures don’t go below 50, never above 100.  Aloha spirit (hard to describe).  Great food choices, we got one of the top Food & Wine festivals in the US–which I will be going to.  🙂 

So ups and downs.  Sometimes the downs are so painful LOL that we think about moving all the time. 

Post # 47
1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

When we lived in Chicago we paid 1100 for a 1000 sq foot walk up apartment. It was a steal for an apartment with a washer dryer in unit but wasn’t close to anything. The bonus was there was free available street parking. Now we rent a house in Georgia that’s huge for the same price!

Post # 47
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Fiance and I live in a two bedroom townhouse that’s close to downtown Spokane, WA. 

I think it’s about 1,000 sqft and we pay (with lawn, sewer, garbage pick up, and water) $700.

Post # 49
169 posts
Blushing bee

$775/month including utilities for a small 1 bdrm suite. I don’t know the square footage.

Shared laundry, which I HATE, however I guess it isn’t so bad, price-wise compared to other locations….

Post # 50
698 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I live in the Kingston area, which is half way between Toronto and Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.  I pay $750/month all inclusive.  It’s about 700-800 square feet, two bedroom.  All my ultilites are included minus AC, which we pay $100 for for the summer per AC we install.  We also pay $30/month for parking. 🙂


Post # 51
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - The Victorian

Hodgy527:  I live in LA and wepay $1600 for our 2BR about 3 miles from the beach. It’s an older building, but we love the neighborhood and the rent is a steal. We are looking to upgrade as Fiance got a promotion that includes a housing allowance. We’re looking for places around $3,000/month and it’s actually hard to find a place with as much space as we have now (about 1,100sq ft), even in that price range. The places are newer and have a lot of fancy amenities, but I need SPACE. I HATE apartment hunting!

Post # 52
1272 posts
Bumble bee

I rent a two bedroom with a roommate, in a decent part of our city (Columbus, OH). We pay $945 for 772 sq ft and that includes water/trash/sewer. Electric is around $50 right now, because we live in a really old building with furnace heat. It’ll go up to around $80 or more when we start up the window-unit air conditioning. When I move I’ll be living by myself and will probably pay around $550-670 for an apartment about 500-600 sq ft, not including any utilities.

Different parts of the city cost much more, though. Up near where I work is probably $900-$1K for a one bedroom at 400 sq ft.

Post # 53
2087 posts
Buzzing bee

We pay $975 for a two bedroom one bath 789 sq ft. That doesn’t include utilities, but has the positive of no pet rent. We live in a suburb of Portland, OR. If we actually lived downtown (which we looked into) we’d be looking at $1200+ We decided it was better for our pocketbooks and for the dogs to live in the suburbs (more parks and walking areas)

Post # 54
787 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Hodgy527:  I’m on Toronto, Ontario. We pay $1250/month for our 2 bedroom ground-floor apartment. That includes one parking space (outside, no garages here) and water (our apartment is heated through hot water radiators so free heeting. We pay $40/month for electricity in the winter and $60/month in the summer (damn air conditioning). Our apartment is about 850 sq feet. It’s also been renovated in the last 10 years, so the flooring and walls are clean and new.

My brother and his girlfriend just started renting an almost identical apartment in terms of stats (footage, bedrooms, parking, etc.) for about $1000/month in a smaller city about two hours away. WAY more affordable there.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  anonybee0810.
Post # 55
824 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Oh my lanta! I’m never moving from West Texas! Haha. We live in a decent size city (300k people). I had a 1bd/1ba 750sqft apt and was paying $650. We now own a home 3bd/2ba/2 car garage and pay around $1000 for 1900sqft in a nice neighborhood with a huge backyard. I don’t know how you girls do it,  but keep on hustlin’!

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  rubyrane.
Post # 56
1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I just moved out of a nicely updated 2BR/2BA 1,100 sqft apartment in a Dallas TX suburb. The rent was $1,200/month including the B.S. fees they tack on like valet waste and mandatory basic cable. Utilities were probably around $100~150/mo.

For reference, now I remt a 3BR/2BA older house in a similar area, the rent is $1,450/mo. We haven’t got the utility bills yet but I assume it’ll be much more than we paid at our apartment.

Good luck!

Post # 57
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - NYC

On NYC standards we would be considered spoiled….elsewhere, not so much!!! We live on the UWS of Manhattan and we have a 626sqft 1-bedroom apartment in an elevator building with a part-time doorman and we pay $1710/month. It’s rent stabilized though (rent stabilization, not rent controlled….god help the lucky bastards with their 4-bedroom Greenwich Village apartments paying $600/month). If it were open market it would easily be $2500-3000.

We pay about $75-100/month on gas and electric (depending on the season and if we’re using the A/C), $40/month on internet, and $110/month on cable. Thank god heat and water are included (especially with how cold the past two winters have been!!). We have laundry in building too.

Post # 58
9 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

$975/ month for 1 bedroom 800 Sq.Ft. in Vancouver, BC. In-suite laundry, parking & great amenities (gym, pool, etc)

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  MrsReVV.
Post # 59
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Redondo Beach Historic Library

swirlyclover86:  I would be totally okay with those tradeoffs haha. Are there jobs in Hawaii??

Post # 60
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Southern Plantation House

We will be paying $810 monthly (not including utilities) for an approx. 800 sq ft apartment in the Atlanta suburbs. 

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