« on: February 24, 2005, 08:56:37 PM »
I live in a 2/2 in Kendall and pay $1160. There is a discount on my unit because they screwed up and gave the cheaper unit that we were supposed to have to someone else (we ended up in a unit with vaulted ceilings), so they split the difference with us. So basically for a nice 2/2 with vaulted ceilings, you should probably expect to pay $1200.
In terms of utilities, this month my electric bill was rediculously cheap... like under $50. But in the summer it gets up into the $100-120 range (this was when we had a third person living in the apartment, so I actually anticipate bills closer to $80). Basically, air conditioning does cost money, but we really try to only keep the apartment really cool when we are there, otherwise, during the day we keep it at 80 or so.
Also, make sure you are in an apartment that includes your water bill. My last apartment didn't and during the three months between bills, a toilet developed a small leak and we ended up with a HUGE water bill. I think water is more expensive here than in other places so it's really nice not to have to think about that now.
The other thing to keep in mind when choosing an apartment is how well and how frequently the units are exterminated. Bugs are a huge problem all over Miami. My complex does an awesome job at exterminating and I have never seen so much as a sugar ant. My last apartment didn't exterminate well and we had a really bad ant problem. They had roaches before I lived there, but the girls before me complained enough that the management finally came out and treated the apartment for roaches. After living in crappy student type places for four years, moving somewhere nicer, without bugs in my food is a really nice thing.