rs2004 wrote:also i'm looking at some apartments in west philly - why do some people dislike the area?
to put it bluntly (my fiance is a philly cop so i hear about this all the time) most parts of west philly are a shit hole.
Depends on where in West Philly you're looking. I grew up in the nice part of West Philly (Overbrook Farms area). The part of West Philly immediately surrounding Penn/Drexel is also nice...anything in between, listen to Oreo's fiancé.
rs2004 wrote:another question - a lot of the buildings i see do not include heat and some of them have electric heat. what has been some of your average monthly electric heating bill in the winter? i also heard of some discount that PEOC is not offering anymore? basically, i dont want to be baited into an apt with low rent only to be hit with a high electric heating bill in the winter.
Ahhh PECO...what I think you're referring to is the expiration of rate caps, which is a weird little thing that just happened last year. I'm not really quite sure how that will affect you, but you're no longer tied down to purchasing electricity solely through PECO anymore (PECO still delivers it, but you can "purchase" it from other companies). Price it out with a few companies and see what it looks like... unfortunately all you can really do is ask the previous tenants what their winter electric bills looked like last year to use as an estimate since heating costs will vary widely from building to building.
rs2004 wrote:what is the typical rent for an apartment in art museum? i haven't been able to find apartment listings in the other neighborhoods so far that aren't already in the 1000s.
Depending on how close it is to the actual art museum you're looking at a high of around 1000 for a nice 1br, 700 for a 1br in brewerytown (closer to west philly) or along spring garden street (which is a nice nice area for the most part). I'd say one of the most underrated neighborhoods in the city is the square from 21st, 17th, spring garden and fairmount ave (so long as you dont mind less than zero street parking and a supposedly haunted Quaker prison). Just east of there is the loft district where things can start to get a little pricey again, but within that square its just a lot of young professional families and mellow bars/restaurants.