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Moving Right Along...

Since I announced my intent to move in my last (friends only) entry, I've spent a lot of time looking around online at apartments for rent. It's a bit overwhelming since I'm not exactly sure *where* in SoCal I want to live and most of the sites don't really offer great ways to compare features of different complexes. I'd like to have a washer and drier in my place (that's pretty standard here in Vegas), but I don't see that offered in too many places. I also am trying to find a good deal. While I could probably afford $1100/month if I had to, I'd be able to live much more comfortably paying $900/month. Some of the complexes include some or all of the utilities in their rent prices which would be a huge plus.

I'm getting really excited about my move even though it's still quite a few months away! I've spent a lot of time going over budgeting and making plans and things are starting to come together... I'm a bit nervous just because this will be such a big change, but it's exhilarating!




If you live in SoCal and want to hang at Disneyland, I'll be there this Saturday :) Come play!

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happybunnyposse
Jan. 29th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
W/D and Fridge are not standard in most complexes, especially older ones. There are appliance rental companies but you can probably find something on craigslist too). You may want to look into renting a condo (usually found on Craigslist and a few of the Real Estate sites have condo rentals too). You'd have better luck getting a w/d or hook-ups for what you want to pay by renting from a private owner.

My place is $1410 (ouch!) but there are studios for closer to what you want to pay. Rental-living.com is the Irvine company rental site and they are all over SoCal, not just Irvine. Equity Apartments www.equityapartments.com is another large "chain" apartment complex.

I've found, through my years of renting that this place has been the best and I think it's because they have a corporate office to answer to.

Oh, and WestsideRentals is a giant scam.
disneyphile
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for you to move down here! :)
happybunnyposse
Feb. 1st, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Something else I forgot to add is that you'll need to show proof of monthly income to equal 2.5 to 3 times your rent. That's standard in most complexes and rentals. If you don't bring in that much some places will require a deposit equal to 2 or 3 months rent + normal move in fees.
keithsuperk
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Good point.
perfect_colin
Feb. 7th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good plan! A change of scene can be a great thing :)
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