(Closed) RENTER Bees!

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Post # 91
9516 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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RedHeadKel:  San Jose is (for the most part) still pretty reasonable, but rents are more or less around mine for SF (non-rent controlled) and the Peninsula down to Mountain View pretty much right now. The housing market has gone gangbusters in the past year or so which obviously makes rents get ridic. 

Post # 92
101 posts
Blushing bee

Wow, I can’t believe the price of some of the apartments listed on here! I’ve lived in two different apartments in a suburb of Fort Wayne..

The two bedroom townhome was $660 a month, water included. We only had to pay for electric there which was $70-110 a month.

Then moved to a small one bedroom in the same complex. Rent there was $415 a month, water included. I had to pay electric AND gas in that one. Gas was never more than $35 and my electric was never more than $60.

I know if I would have actually lived in the city of Fort Wayne, I could not find a decent apartment for under $600. They are much more expensive in town.

Post # 93
183 posts
Blushing bee

Boonies in northwest Washington state. 

$250/mo for 150 sq ft cabin.

$25/ mo for propane and ice for the cooler.

We have no electricity, no indoor plumbing, use hand-pumped water well, wood stove and propane for heat and cooking.

Large garden, 40 acres, and riverfront to roam. 

I know my post is probably useless but it’s fun to be able to share/compare. I could never go back to my old Seattle neighborhood again for those high apartment costs.  

Post # 94
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 We pay $1,000 a month for a 600 sq ft one bedroom apartment in Honolulu.  Water, gas, and basic cable are included,  we pay electricity (approx $100). We don’t have a washer/dryer or dishwasher but there’s a coin operated w/d about 20 steps from my door.  We actually really lucked out with this apartment. We would love a bigger place but I’d hate to give up this apt unless we were ready to buy.  Buying is a whole new challenge!

Post # 95
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I’m guessing this is more for people living in America, but I wanted to chime in.  My Fiance and I have a 3 bedroom home in New Zealand, we pay about $1240 in rent a month and about $200 for internet/phone and power each month.  In total our expenses are about $2000 a month for food, rent, power, internet, mobile phone bills, and any subscriptions or entertainment exepenses.  Looking at what others pay for living costs I feel like we have it really good haha

Post # 96
11124 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

We rent in the SoCal Coachella Valley–where Palm Springs is.  There are a lot of inexpensive gated communities where we live, ours is guarded.  We rent a 2/2, 2100 sf for $1575.  In the winter, our electric bill is about $150–we don’t know why.  In the summer, it jumps to $400 because of the triple digit heat.  Yuck.  We’d never buy here again.  We are in a house, but it barely has a yard, just a small patch of gravel & backs up to a noisy road.

We’re moving to TN next week.  We’ll be renting a house to start.  We’ll be paying $1000 for a 3/2 1740 sf on .3 acre.  With hardwood floors!  Don’t know about the utilities yet.

Post # 97
358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

$1,950 for a 1BR in Boston 

Post # 98
390 posts
Helper bee

I’m outside of Charleston. Our previous apartment was 750-800 a month for a 2 bed, 1 bath, 900 sq/ft.

We moved to a townhouse just recently, it is 1100 a month for 1200 sq ft 2 bed, 2.5 bath, 1 large office area that could be used as bedroom, and a screened in back porch. Totally worth it.

I used to rent in the Ann Arbor, michigan area and that was generally (in college town) between 600-1000 a month depending on bedrooms. It was mostly historical homes turned into apartments versus apartment complexes.

Post # 99
4108 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

$1100 for a newer single family home with garage, 3 bed/2 bath, about 2000 sq ft. Water is around $50, power $180, cable &internet $200, cell phones $250. We live in SW FL

Post # 100
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

We pay 750 for rent and about 300 utilities for a 1000sq 2bedroom duplex with fireplace and large fenced backyard. Most two bedrooms are 550-800 around here.  Our previous house was 3 bedroom, large fenced back yard, front yard, double garage, fireplace, in a nice neighborhood for 995.00 plus utilities which were about 400. The landlord ended up raising the rent to 1150.00 so we moved.

Edit to add: I am in a medium size city in Oregon. (medium for Oregon, small compared to other big cities).

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Post # 101
155 posts
Blushing bee

We live in NYC, Astoria (Queens). Our area is rapidly gentrifying, and prices have increased monstrously in the last year. We are on the second floor of a private house, with no dishwasher or washer/dryer.

The apt is very large for NYC city standards, and very cute, with a large kitchen, although is far from being new. It is a 900 sqft 2 bedrooms, with no AC (we GOTTA buy one). We pay 2400$, including heat and hot water… And it’s starting to look like a good deal in the neighborhood!!

Our lease will be up in a few months and we want to move closer to my job (based on where we live now it would be about 1hr commute each way with public transportation), but it seems impossible to find anything new and pretty on the west side of Manhattan for less than 3k… for a 650 sqft 1 bedroom!!!

Post # 102
2316 posts
Buzzing bee

We used to rent in the hipster area of Norfolk, Va.

First appartment was 600sq ft one bedroom and one bathroom for $850/month.  Heat and water were included. Gas was about $14,  Electric was about $100/$250 in summer due to a window AC

Second appartment was $1000/mo for 1000sqft  2 bedroom 1bath.  heat and water included.  Gas about $14 and electric in winter about $50 (great lighting) summer about $450 due to two window AC units and being on the top floor.  

Post # 103
1097 posts
Bumble bee

I’m renting a 3000 sq ft, 4 bed, 2 bath house with an attached 2 car garage and beautiful yard for $2495/mo. I pay all utilities except trash and sewer.  Because I’m in Las Vegas and the summer weather is brutal, my total utilities run me about $300/mo averaged out over the year.  (I sold my house and have not purchased another yet.)

My daughter goes to school in Philadelphia and is renting a 2 bd/1 ba apartment in the heart of Center City (Rittenhouse) with two of her friends for $1995/mo.  They pay AC and cable. Shared laundry, doorman, exercise facility.

Post # 104
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Rockfield Manor - Bel Air, MD

We live in a small town in southcentral PA (between Lancaster City and Hershey), in a cute 1 bed 1 bath duplex apartment for $475/month. Water, gas, sewage included. We pay for electricity (which includes A/C because we had to get a window unit) and heat in the winter. These two combined have never been over $100, but now that we have A/C on that might change. I don’t remember the exact square footage, but it is fairly small. Our bathroom is essentially a redone closet, complete with a sliding fabric door!

All in all, it is perfectly acceptable for someone in college and her fresh-out-of-college Fiance. 🙂 Can’t beat the price.

Post # 105
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My rent makes me want to cry. I’ll include rent in my other two apartments to ease the pain a little:

Austin, TX – 800 sq. ft., $800/month – went up to $900+ after my first year (nothing sucks more than having your hometown overrun by transplants)

Middle-of-nowhere, Pennsylvania – 2000 sq.ft., $715/month – the best apartment I’ll ever have. Wrap-around front porch, back porch, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and the best landlord ever.

North Jersey – 1100 sq.f.t, $2273/month – includes two garage parking spots. Seriously vom-worthy. Nice apartments, although not sound-proofed well enough to merit $2k rent.

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