lawschool22 wrote: Serett wrote:
ler2017 wrote:Just sent in my deposit today after this weekend's open house! Duke was already my first choice but I waited until after the open house to commit just in case.
Now I'm making calls to apartment complexes in the area. Those apartments on the tour were crazy expensive compared to a lot of others in Durham, I'm not particularly sure why we just saw those. At one point even our bus driver was telling us about more affordable places that would have been more useful to show us. Even their waiting list fees were ridiculous.
Did you go on both tours, or just the first? The second apartment tour's buildings were all another couple hundred dollars more expensive per month than the first. There are definitely some cheaper options in Durham, though, and while they're not quite as outright luxurious as the ones we were shown, they tend to look pretty good and some have comparably positive reviews.
Which others are you looking at? I'm still trying to figure out if most people will just end up at Pinnacle. Although being a little closer to school might be nice, but I'm sure those are fairly expensive.
I am considering Pinnacle and Alexan Garrett, while the main other one I'm interested in is Hawthorne at the View, which is about 4 miles/7 minute from Pinnacle and 6 miles/10 minute from the law school. They have a couple 1 BR varieties, as well as larger apartments, and despite what it lists online at the moment, the leasing office advised me of prices $629/$699 for the smaller 1 BR (classic/renovated) and $649/$749 for the larger 1 BR (classic/renovated). Ideally, I'd like to pay no more than $800 or so per month total for a 1BR (incuding utilities, internet, etc.), so this better fits my price range than those we looked at (barring rent specials, as I feel like I've heard from someone who indicated s/he is only paying $650/month in rent at Pinnacle, but it's worrisome to wait long enough to rely on a rent special). I've never paid more than $550/month in rent and have lived in studios the past couple years, so while I'm looking for a bit of an increase in standard of living and cost, I don't really need something quite as nice/expensive as what we were shown on the tours, again barring a rent special that makes them fall into my range.
Past that, I don't really have a list of others yet, but I plan on and have been using ApartmentRatings.com as a resource. You can search for a zip code, or Durham in general, and order by % recommending. There are a couple of well-reviewed, somewhat cheaper for the value townhomes I also plan to look into (Taylor's Pond--4 miles from the law school and 2 miles from Pinnacle--and Murchinson Apartments among them). My biggest concern is that even with the benefit of reviews, I hate the idea of signing a lease without seeing the place for but also can't really justify spending the money to get back to Durham for this purpose (but maybe I'll feel differently in a few months). Overall, my driving goal for housing is simple: find the nicest place I can within my stated price range without getting too
far from everything/everyone else.
I've been checking out apartments in some fashion for the past month or so, and most have some form of availability. Since most people don't sign leases that end around February/March, I agree that I don't see any reason why housing would be scarce or difficult to find come summer, either.