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Friend looking for Afordable Apartment

by NineInchNachos
on 8/4/2009 @ 9:35pm
My friend Gini is looking for an apartment. I recommended someplace in the stadium district. Anyone have their recommendations? When I was single I was seriously considering the St. James. but don't know much about it. your thoughts?

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/4/2009 @ 10:54pm
Define "affordable".
St James is cool if you don't mind living next to the jail.
The Brownstone by Wright Park were sub-$800 last time I looked.
There's a couple vacancies in the Newcastle, but those are at least $750 and up. The Berg has a vacancy, I think those run $600 and up.
Also check the apartments on N 4th & M... they have a vacancy sign out as well.

by Erik on 8/4/2009 @ 11:23pm
There are two great historical buildings that rent studios and 1 bedroom apartments.

One of them is 31 Broadway. The phone number is on the sign outside. The other is the Broadmoar I think.

Stadium District is a great place and hipster central.

Also, there is Craigs list with a slew of cheap rooms to share and some with separate entrances in mansions which have been divided up.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/4/2009 @ 11:37pm
"...hipster central"

For good or for ill, that is very true. Sometimes, sometimes the crowds of them are OK. Maybe I dislike them because I never was one... that or somewhere along the line 27 became "old".

by KevinFreitas on 8/5/2009 @ 8:15am
The Biltmore at 8th and "I" is pretty solid but is a smoking allowed building so it can get pretty smelly in there. Great location though and I don't think the rents were much about $700 or $800 for a decent sized place.

by intacoma on 8/5/2009 @ 9:18am
/me laughs at "hipster central" far from it

by JesseHillFan on 8/5/2009 @ 10:25am
Wow $800 per month rental payments.My mortgage on my house and land was $380 per month and I finished paying that off a while back.Glad I don't have to rent anymore.The last time I rented 17 years ago it was $300 per month.I remember renting a 2 bedroom apartment back in 1983 for $250 per month all utilities included.I wonder what rents will be like in the year 2025.

by Erik on 8/5/2009 @ 10:44am
For good or for ill, that is very true.

Stadium is a good place to start for newbie Tacomans as it is pretty stable, has lots of life, yet has an edge to it.

Yes, with the fall of Blackwater, Satellite is currently functioning as hipster epicenter for Tacoma.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/5/2009 @ 12:49pm
Yeah, but think about this, JHF... rent may be $800, but mortgages are $1500 and beyond for your "typical" house these days.
Also, consider your purchasing power is sharply less than it was in 1992 (17 years ago).
You paid $250/mo in 1983... to which I ask: How much did you make monthly in 1983 versus now? don't have to give actual numbers, but I'm willing to bet RR's first born child that numberwise, you make more now.'s like my dad says: "Sure, candy bars cost a nickel when I was a kid, but then again your grandpa bought the house for $9000 and his car was $1200"

by AngelaJossy on 8/5/2009 @ 1:11pm
Market Rate apartments at The Winthrop are $673 and there is no waiting list for those. I think there are several available right now. They need you to make 3 times the rent though.

by JesseHillFan on 8/5/2009 @ 1:16pm
Yeah I easily remember when candy bars were 5 cents back in the 1960's.I would mow a lawn for $10 or $15 and sometimes mow 2 lawns and it was like Halloween every day.

by dawntown on 8/5/2009 @ 1:37pm
The Brown Apartments have a way cool 1-bedroom available with a view of Wright Park going for like $650. They are located next to the Lutheran Church on I street. Best landlords in town: Larry and Denny!

I don't have their number, but they have it posted in the window of the available unit on the 2nd floor in front of the building.

by Emilie has one foot on shore on 8/5/2009 @ 3:31pm
The Olympic has some cute studios for the 600-ish and less area.

by NineInchNachos on 8/5/2009 @ 8:39pm
If I had to rent an apartment all over again you can bet I'd be in one of those brick buildings overlooking wright park. Stadium District rules.

by fredo on 8/5/2009 @ 8:56pm
Tell Gini to buy an old RV and park it in your yard or on the street with an extension cord running to your house. Sure, it's a code violation, but people seem to be setting up these "accessory" housing units in the aforementioned fashion all over Tacoma.

by NineInchNachos on 8/5/2009 @ 9:06pm
fredo tweekers were doing that in an old van without an extension cord across from our old apartment at wright park.

The woman living in the van would climb out and throw rocks at squirrels in an out-of-her-mind kinda way. It was making people mad as rocks would come falling down on people's parked cars.

Thanks for the memory!

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/5/2009 @ 11:10pm
We call those people "the locals".

by ElectricElliot on 8/6/2009 @ 1:07am
Well, I'm moving out of my place by Sept 1st, so If she'd be down to live with my housemates, my huge-ass room and gorgeous place is only $433 plus utilities in the beautiful North End of T-Town

by seejane on 8/6/2009 @ 9:56am
I served a three day notice to pay or vacate to a tenant Tuesday. After he's gone (please let him move over night) I'll have a $650/850 s.f. "carriage house" available.

Anyone know how to do a DIY eviction? I don't have $2k for an attorney.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/6/2009 @ 11:38am

by seejane on 8/6/2009 @ 12:10pm
Shotgun - I wish!

by AngelaJossy on 8/6/2009 @ 1:02pm
What is a carriage house? Maybe you could get a whole bunch or people together and go to his door and say, "We're here to help you move!!" That would be a pretty good hint!

by seejane on 8/6/2009 @ 3:15pm
Angela - good idea!

A carriage house was the building where carraigs were kept. In my case the carriage house began life as a garage with a second floor workshop. Sometime in the 60s it was converted into a little house. It's pretty cute.

by JesseHillFan on 8/6/2009 @ 6:39pm
seejane you could bombard the area with very powerful frequency sweeping near ultra sonic sound waves especially above 140 decibals using piezo electric tweeters and very powerful amplifiers.
Here are some examples but I prefer much larger arrays and more powerful amplification.See Phasor Pain Field Generator.

by NineInchNachos on 8/6/2009 @ 6:50pm
what no lasers JHF?

by JesseHillFan on 8/6/2009 @ 7:33pm
Good Point NiN.If you just want to intimidate someone (although it's illegal to do so) just get a heavy mounting platform (tripod) and use an astronomical telescope to collimate(expands the beams diameter but vastly decreases its divergence at extreme long ranges) a visible LASER beam (usually a ordinary 5 milliwatt 635 nm LASER pointer will do).Then use another large aperture astronomical telescope coaxially mounted with the collimator for visual sighting of targets at extreme ranges.Usually you will want a 15 inch or 18 telescope for targeting and collimating say from a peak in the Cascades about 60 miles away to targets in Tacoma.
Now this is only a very low power LASER and the photon density would be very low however it would be quite intimidating.
Doing this against a Police Officer or Bus driver would be a felony however doing it against a Political figure or lawmaker apparently is just a misdemeanor offense.It would be difficult in the extreme to catch a LASER intimidator from 60 miles away however at night time and if the user merely fried the LASER pointer afterwards by using too much voltage then legally a LASER that doesn't work is not a working LASER.A cheaper method would be to exchange the astronomical telescopes for lesser expensive coaxially mounted rifle scopes or even spotting scopes for much less range to the target.However this vastly increases the danger in getting caught by being closer to the target.The LASER sniper must utilize the tactics of sniping (also it's similar to the tactics of a U-Boat commander).
If one desires more powerful LASER's the best long range high power (destructive) blinding ones are Pulse Power Supply Flashlamp pumped LASER's using Chemical Dyes as the Lasant material especially the Chemical Dye Rhodamine 6G which has a peak at the wavelength on 690 nm in which the human eye is especially susceptible.This is quite illegal to use this in this matter but perfectly O.K. to use for military purposes against an authorized enemy.
One of the best destructive LASER weapons are those which use the chemical reaction between either cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid fluorine or liquid hydrogen and liquid chlorine in a chemical reaction jet engine LASER.However these are mostly used for military applications (like shooting down I.C.B.M.'s) and the ancillary equipment is costly.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/6/2009 @ 10:07pm
Pistol-whipping is good enough for me.

by nigelzfinch on 8/7/2009 @ 6:52am
Some might expect the Hotel Olympus is likely to get smelly/unsanitary now since the new "Corporate" just decided to let go of the great guy who was keeping it clean - which means the office manager ( ie Quantum / for owners: Korean Women's Association) now does the garbage (which is collected in the laundry rooms!). So the manager will be absent more from the single-door lobby and phone thus making the building less secure also.

by Erik on 8/7/2009 @ 11:48am
Just received this from the list serve:

Studio available in Proctor district. Approximately 8f x 12.5f. $350 including utilities. Suitable for visual or literary artist.
Contact Ana Sierra at 253-686-5184

by jenyum on 8/7/2009 @ 12:36pm
NiN: Are you sure the squirrel lady was really crazy?

by Gini Ruth on 8/8/2009 @ 10:59pm
You all are great. Thanks for the ideas. I will let all of you know what happens next.