By Robert Plunket
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Cimarron Lakes apartment complex
- The big apartment complexes. These are the places owned by big corporation that specialize in renting one- and two-bedroom apartments, often to newcomers and kids just out of college. Sarasota has plenty of them, and they vary in quality. You can expect to pay between $650 and $950, and for this you get a nice, relatively new place to live with a full-time staff who fixes everything and a whole lot of amenities – pool, gym, jogging trails. Many take pets. The drawback here is a sort of transient atmosphere and a lot of rules to follow. One nice one I can recommend – I’ve had several friends living here over the years – is Cimarron Lakes at 5479 DeSoto Parkway (941-773-7431.) For more information about these places, pick up Southwest Apartment Guide at Publix or go to ForRent.com.
- Next, quirky places in small buildings or private homes or “over the garage.” Craig’s List always has an interesting selection and some start as low as $500. Again, they wary wildly, and some are tiny, depressing, and moldy. But others are real finds, and if you really look hard you could hit the jackpot – a guest cottage on an estate for $800 a month. The secret here – check Craig’s List every morning. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find a good one that takes pets.
Examples of houses currently for rent in Southgate.
- But I have a family, you say. I need a real house. Well, don’t despair. The town is full of empty houses that people are desperate to rent, and rents are actually going down. Pick a neighborhood you like and drive around and look for signs. I did this in Southgate yesterday and was amazed at the number of places for rent. Some blocks had as many as four or five. You get a nice house, usually not that new but with two or three bedrooms, a family room and a garage. Most are under $1,000 a month. With so many available don’t be afraid to try and get a better deal. Offer the landlord less, or say you mow the lawn or do minor repairs. If you’re a good tenant with a steady job and have been in the area a long time (or have rich parents) make sure he knows that. Landlords are desperate for good, stable tenants. If that’s you, demand a deal. You may not get it from the first landlord, but you will get it from the third or forth.