I got interested by one of the side discussions in the commuting thread.
My rent: $688/month. This includes: - a fairly spacious one-bedroom apartment in a well-maintained building that's a 20 minute from work - one parking space (w/outlet for block heater) - heat - water - access to a sad little exercise room
Does not include: - power - phone/cable/internet - laundry ($1 per load; 13 washers and 13 dryers in the building) - a dishwasher
My rent seemed pretty high four years ago (when it was $648). Then house prices spiked like I have never seen around here, and my rent now looks quite reasonable considering the quality of the building.
You house-owning people can feel free to discuss house finances if you'd like.
My rent is $790 a month. It includes all utilities except cable/internet. Laundry's free, but the dryer sucks ass. No dishwasher, and the kitchen is the size of a postage stamp. It's kind of a 1 and 1/2 bedroom. There's a mud room-type thing that was converted to have drywall and heat, and we use that for my daughter's bedroom. The price is incredible, considering my proximity to Boston.
"I could drown the pain, and drink upon commuter trains, and here you stand in eastern standard time" - Mike Doughty
$855/month, for a little over 500 sq ft and one bedroom. I've lived there since March 04, at which point it was $815. It bumped up about a year ago.
Utilities are covered, though we don't get heat access 24/7. Street parking, pretty good location, reasonably nice building (3 stories, about 20 units), most of the 500 sq ft is decent quality.
A load of wash is $1.25 and the dryer is $1 a load. And it's WAY down there in the basement Plus there are only 2 of each, so I often find myself "in line" and handling other people's laundry, which is one of the most frustrating things ever, especially when they walk in at that moment and see their underwear in my hands. By now I think having my own washer/dryer would be the biggest perk of becoming a homeowner.
$900 a month for a 2 B/R 1 bath in a building built in the 1700's, used as a fort in the Revolutionary War by George Washington. It's pretty cool except there are only two sets of washers and dryers which people love to leave their laundry in when I'm trying to do mine. Heat and water are paid for. Here in Northern VA it's kind of a steal...
2 acres of grass w/ a half acre fenced (chainlink)
Of course, I live 3 miles outside of a town of <5000 people, the nearest mid-sized town (around 45000 people) is 30+ minutes away, and the nearest metropolis is 90+ minutes, so real estate prices here are lower than most of you guys will find.
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My rent: $837/month. This includes: - a spacious three-bedroom duplex-ish building that is a 15 minute from work - one parking space (w/outlet for block heater) - water - laundry - a dishwasher
Does not include: - power - phone/cable/internet - heat
Rent history: -Friends moved in in 2004, $777/mo -I moved in in 2005, same rent -In 2007, rent increase to $837/mo, at which point I re-upped for another year. -One month later, rent increased to $1,039/mo
My rent: $535/month, includes: -2 bedroom/1 bath ground floor apartment -1 parking space -Water -Refrigerator (no longer offered to new tenants) -Dishwasher (currently not in use) -On-call maintenance crew
The $535 is discounted from $1065 because my wife and I are the assistant managers of our building. (But we're only on duty every other week...we trade off with another couple) There are laundry rooms ($1 to wash, $1 to dry), but it's often a bitter competition to even get one load done. It's a crowded building, with 75 units in our building and another 75 units in the twin building next door.
Also, it's an all-electric, no gas building. So we have one less bill to pay (but not any less money to pay).
Around Santa Barbara, a standard, 1 bedroom apartment is around $1200. Studios routinely go for $850 - usually, that's just with a kitchenette. Two bedrooms are usually $1800 and up. We almost had a two bedroom for $1500 (which is an absolute steal around here), but we had just signed a different lease and I didn't feel right about backing out.
The median price of a home in Santa Barbara is about $1.3 million. If you go ten miles north, you're looking around $800k for a single story, 3-4 bedroom. Entry level condos are between $300k and $400k.
I believe only New York, Aspen, and specific parts of L.A. have it worse than we do. And while I can't see the ocean from my door, I do see it everyday.
Originally posted by hansen9jRent history: -Friends moved in in 2004, $777/mo -I moved in in 2005, same rent -In 2007, rent increase to $837/mo, at which point I re-upped for another year. -One month later, rent increased to $1,039/mo
My rent increased from $648 to $688 between 2004 and now (the last increase - $20 - was in September of last year). You can see how my place looked expensive when I got it and looks like a steal now.
Currently we're paying $1100 a month combined mortgage and assessments (including property tax) on our 2br/1ba condo on the NW side of Chicago. The assessments include all of the utilities, and exterior maintenance, and janitorial service. It felt like a very good deal when all our walks were shoveled after our last huge storm.
Before that I was part of an ever-rotating group renting a 2br/1ba apartment in the less NW side of Chicago for $1200 a month with just heat and water included. But the location was better and more desireable.
$350 a month for a two-bedroom on the upper floor of a duplex, but as I said in the other thread, the normal price is $500. No utilities included. There was a spot for a washer and dryer, but they weren't included. I was lucky enough to get a set from my uncle fiancee when she moved in with him. A washer, dryer, and an air conditioner for $100. Granted, the washer and dryer are like 10 years old, and I had to replace a belt on the dryer, but it was still worth it.
$1225 with heat & hot water included for a 500 sq ft one bedroom apt. It's really expensive, but our expenses otherwise are fairly minimal since we don't have a car or cable TV, and are very conscious of energy usage (combined monthly electric/gas bills are about $15).
It seems expensive, but it's also a block from the subway (aboveway here), right in the middle of a lot of great bars & restaurants, yet still we can sleep at night with as close to silence as I've ever heard in the city.
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I pay a decent chunk for my condo mortgage, with $150.00 for a monthly condo fee so that the walkway and lawns are kept very well groomed.
Two parking spots Two bedrooms and a loft that is big enough for a bedroom 1.5 bathrooms Forced hot air for heat Washer, dryer and dishwasher One outdoor storage area out front and a decent porch out back
One downfall of a condo is the lady on my right who owns a dog that seems to bark non-stop. We are thinking about getting a house closer to our jobs so I'm not going to ruffle any feathers right now.
I pay $900 a month for a 1 bedroom that I share with my girlfriend. The kitchen is spacious, and if I am not mistaken it is 700 square feet. I live right in the downtown of this small city I'm in. It is a 10 minute walk to my gf's work and a 20 min drive to my school.
When I want to waste time at work, I just try to get extra meticulous with the paper work. Most people are sloppy (as am I) but when I'm tired of working, I'll spend extra time making sure things are good.