I got a job in Philadelphia. I’ll be moving at the end of August and staying for at least two years. I have all kinds of questions, but let’s start with where and when to hunt for a place to live. Let me tell you a bit about my preferences:
I don’t expect to have a car (unless you all convince me I’ll need one). My place of work is on Market Street near the river. So it would be nice to be able to walk there. Though I understand that I can pretty much walk anywhere in the city in 30 min., so that shouldn’t be too big an issue. The kind of neighborhood doesn’t matter too much to me. Residential and mixed use both have their advantages and disadvantages. There need not be a lot of bars or restaurants nearby–and something quieter might be better, in fact. I can afford to pay $1500/mo. or so in rent.
So where’s good? Compare the relative merits of Queen Village and Old City. What kind of prices should I be expecting for a pest-free 300+ sq. ft. studio? Is there a good time to try to find a place (e.g. June vs. August)? What other considerations should I, um, consider?
Any other tips about Philly generally would be greatly appreciated.