BarbellDreams wrote:Shadyside 1 bedrooms go for about $700-750 on average.
Squirrell Hill 1 BR go for about $700 on average.
North Oakland you can find stuff for $650.
South Oakland you can get stuff as low as $500, but this isn't the best neighborhood (though very close to the law school.
I live in Squirrel Hill, I really like it. Quiet residential neighborhood with a lot of bus routes to school.
Can you (and all others who currently attend Pitt Law) please provide us with the names of couple decent apartment complexes that have studios and 1BRs in Shadyside and Squirrel Hill?
I can't give you the name of any specific apartment complexes, but I can recommend two good management companies who own a handful of apartment complexes.
I rent from Walnut Capital and I really don't have any complaints, except that maintenance isn't always the speediest. But everyone I know who rents from them is really happy, and they were recommended to me last year when I was looking. I've also heard good things about Franklin West. I looked at some of their places online and they appear to be on the pricier side, although I can't be sure since online pictures aren't always accurate and they don't list prices. I heard bad things about Mozart, but I have friends who rent from them and are pretty happy.
Not really sure what to tell you there, but you might want to look into them as they have tons of buildings.
I would definitely recommend going with a management company over an individual owner or real estate agent. The latter tend to rent out the houses you'll see everywhere in Shadyside and Squirrel Hill. When I looked at the apartments within the houses, there was a noticeable difference in upkeep and cleanliness, and you won't get the same maintenance or, obviously, customer service that a management company can provide.
One more thing: if you have a pet be sure to start looking as soon as possible. I had a hard time finding an apartment that would allow cats.