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cortneykimoto, Home Buyer in Long Beach, CA

Relocating to Mountain View, CA in August. Looking for a 1-2bd/1ba apartment. $1800/mo. rent budget. What neighborhoods in MV do you recommend?

Asked by cortneykimoto, Long Beach, CA Wed Jul 24, 2013

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$1800 a month is rather low to find a two bedroom apartment in Mountain View. You can probably find a nice one bedroom apartment for roughly $1500.

It is hard to know what you would like. The downtown area, close to Castro Street, is quite desirable because it is near mass transit and the many nice shops downtown.

To the southwest of El Camino Real the houses and the lots tend to be larger. The schools have higher ratings leading to higher home prices.

One thing to consider is that Mountain View had many semiconductor companies in the 70's. Their storage tanks sometimes leaked. There is a plume of contaminated groundwater moving towards the bay. An apartment built on top of a carport could be located over this plume and probably not have significant vapors enter the building. An old building with no crawlspace, poor crawlspace ventilation or having a basement could have health risks.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 25, 2013
Yeah, $1800 is too probably too low for a 2BR in MV. 1BR is definitely within budget.

I would recommend you take a drive on California street between Escuela Ave and Ortega Ave. It's apartment heaven :)...and may be a bit lower-priced than the apartments near downtown.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 25, 2013
Good morning Cortney,

I’m no real estate agent, just a humble Mortgage Banker, but I can give you some guidance on your search for the right rental apartment.

In my experience in the real estate trade, I’ve discovered that the consumer is best served by adopting some simple strategies, whether you’re buying a home, selling one, or renting an apartment.

First: remember that real estate agents work on commission. The better quality agents---and those with the most experience---will be testing you from the initial contact to determine if you’re serious and will commit to using their services. Why? Because real estate is like any other business; you don’t sit at a table in a restaurant to read the menu without actually buying food at some point. It’s the same concept: the experienced real estate professional has to earn a living by renting apartments to serious and qualified prospective renters.

Therefore, the smart consumer should be well-prepared and committed to respecting the real estate professional’s time. Prepare yourself with three fundamentals: amenities, location, and price.

Know your requirements for the apartment you wish to rent in terms of amenities (one bedroom versus three bedrooms; elevator building or private house), location (proximity to public transportation or need for parking), and price. If you present yourself as well-prepared you’ll have a better chance of working with an experienced agent who will work hard to find you the right apartment.

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I hope that helps you improve the results of your search for an apartment, and helps you with a better quality experience.

Trevor Curran
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