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    Elli


    RUN!

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    lol, from the Criagslist add? i hope you mean the CL add

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    Ellibu, if you're not going to have a car, you should definitely live as close as possible to work, which is why I recommended the Grove.

    By car, without traffic, South Beach is 15 minutes away as the crow flies, but that's *without* traffic and using your car, not using public transport. If it took you an eternity, it's because you probably encountered some day time traffic. Coral Gables is huge and sprawling - it encompasses a big part of Miami-Dade, so when we say it's close to Coconut Grove, we're only talking about certain sections of it.

    If you do have a car in South Beach, factor in finding residential parking space time in too - someone told me it took them 45 minutes the other day.

    South Beach does have dog parks too - Flamingo Park is the biggest one and then there's South Pointe park as well.

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    Thanks, Maria! I'm really starting to think the sensible thing would be to get a car after all. OK, but how much will my 1 bedroom run a month. I know there have been many quotes here on the board but in my head i still don't have it all clear. So in south beach, 1 BR is like $1200, but in the Grove could go down to $900? How about Miami Beach further north? Can i get something decent anywhere close to beach and dog park for say $1000?

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    You have to check out Craigslist, the Herald and Miami New Times for apartment classifieds to compare rental rates. Focus on ads by individual owners.

    I know someone who pays $1100 for a large 1 bedroom 2.5 bath, 2 balconies with gated parking & rooftop pool right in the heart of downtown Coconut Grove, walking distance to the parks. I believe you can't get that in South Beach.

    You might be able to find something in the $1000 range in mid-beach, but pickings are slim around there. Try looking somewhere between 23rd street and 45th street, between Alton Road and Pine Tree Drive, as close as possible to Pine Tree Park, which has a dog park. The oceanfront apartments have no parks.

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    Dear Ellie,

    your story actually sounds like a scam. I have a post on Craiglist about an apartment I am currently renting at Brickell Roads. I think it is important for you to be able to talk by phone to the owner. What I usually do is to look up the person in Facebook because if they have a life most likely they are real.

    It worries me that indecent people is currently using Craislist to post unsafe rents. When I posted mine they requested a US phone number and they called me to give me an authorization code, I guess it is becoming more secure.

    Andrea

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrechava View Post
    What I usually do is to look up the person in Facebook because if they have a life most likely they are real.

    Andrea
    Hey now, I don't have FB- don't have much of a life right now, but I'm real... really!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookiemonster View Post
    Hey now, I don't have FB- don't have much of a life right now, but I'm real... really!!
    You seem pretty real!

    Andrea

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    I got a similar email re: an apartment last week & it had scam written all over it!

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    The ad you saw on CL was definately a scam. Someone took one of my ads from there and advertised it for a lot less than the asking price and I had a client tell me they responded to one that stated that the owner lived in the UK, speciified all monies should be mailed to such and such an address, and keys will be forwarded by an overnight courier. It was the same thing. CAVEAT EMPTOR! BUYER BEWARE! STAY AWAY!

    I'm a realtor, but I relocated back to NYC this summer. I would love to help you. My license is still active with the broker I worked for before I left. Call Miami Apartment Locators. The agents work South Beach, Brickell, Downtown Miami, and Coconut Grove. Except for the Grove those were the areas I specialized in. Definately give them a shout.

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    These days more and more people are scared of getting scammed on craigslist. Don't be afraid to use it. I've found legit apts as well as a helpful realtor. Just use your head and make sure you speak with a real person after the initial email and don't give the landlord any money until you have signed paperwork or the keys in your hand.

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    I signed up for this forum just so I could reply to this thread. I'm currently apartment hunting in Los Angeles and got the exact same response! I'm going to assume it's a scam. Thanks for posting this! You probably just saved me $2200 and from getting completely screwed over.
    Mario and Christy like this.

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    Default Re: Is this a Craigslist apartment rental scam?

    That's awesome! (Letting you know it was a scam, not being potentially scammed...) Glad we all could help!

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