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1. Posted by MikeM (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Realistically, how likely is it that I would be able to find a furnished one bedroom apartment in Dublin (Ballsbridge area) within a week of my arrival in early May if my budget has a ceiling of 2200 Euro per month? I'm looking to let a short term apartment for approximately 4 months.

I am retired and do not have an Irish bank account but would be drawing from bank accounts in the US during my stay. Would I need a letter from my US Bank stating my financial capabilities in order to convince a landlord that I was a suitable tenant?

Is there anything else that I might need to bring with me on my visit to secure this type of lodging given the fact that I would have no local references, and no visible means of support other than the finances maintained in US bank accounts?

Thank you.

Mike

2. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Hi Mike,
I'm from south Dublin (about 15 mins from D4) so if you want to run any locations by me, please go ahead and pop me a message. Anywhere around Ballbridge, Shelbourne Road, Landsdowne, Baggot Street would be lovely but you may find it hard to stick to the 2,200 mark. Try the daft.ie website for their short term rentals as I saw a few good ones on there when I looked on your behalf. It's a website that us locals use for longer term rentals but they seem to have nice short term ones too, again just watch the location. I wouldn't have thought references would be too much of an issue for short term rentals as long as you have a letter from your bank as these are usually managed by agencies as opposed to a stand alone landlord. However, an option of paying the 4 months in advance maybe helpful??
Let me know if you need anything else.
Cheers,
Suzanne

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Mike

I think short term renting would be a matter of paying a deposit and the first months rent. I dont think u need anything else. A deposit is usually a month rent, which u get back, when u are leaving.
I think it is possible, to order and appartment, before u arrive in Ireland. There are appartment letting agencies, on the web, so try a google search, for them.

Also, why do u particularly want an appartment in Ballsbridge. There are a lot of appartments, in and close to the city centre. The city centre is small, and one can quite get around it, by walking. Maybe an appartment, by the river would also suit u.

Mel

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting sunicol

Anywhere around Ballbridge, Shelbourne Road, Landsdowne, Baggot Street would be lovely but you may find it hard to stick to the 2,200 mark.

Would a 1 bedroom appartment cost more than 2,200 per month, to rent short term, Sunicol? It seems like a lot of money.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 25, 2007, at 12:51 PM by Mel. ]

5. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Hi Mel,
Yeah it seems crazy to me but I saw rates of E2,500 on daft when I checked for Mike so I would assume it's the location and the convenience of a short term let. My own rent was only E1,150 for a 2 up, 2 down near Collins Barracks but others were paying E1,600 for a 1 beds just off Capel St which was ludicrous. Mike, I would definitely search on Daft and if you see one that takes your fancy at your budget either myself or Mel could let you know if the building/area is what you're looking for.
Best of luck, Suz

6. Posted by MikeM (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Suz and Mel,

Thanks so much for your feedback and your offer of assistance to comment on addresses that I might find interesting. One of the reasons why I asked about the feasibility of finding an apartment within one week of my arrival was because I really don't want to commit myself to an apartment without physically "eyeballing" the place. On the other hand, I don't really want to live in a hotel or B & B for much more than one week after my arrival.

Another area that I looked at was the apartment complex around Hannover Quay. It appears to me that there are some relatively new apartments listed on daft in that area. Is that area constantly "buzzing" in traffic? Is that areas safe at night if I was walking back at midnight by myself? I think I'd like a little less car traffic which is why I was looking in Ballsbridge. Maybe Ballsbridge is just as "car intensive"? Maybe the walk from the city centre to Ballsbridge is dicey late at night?

Thanks again for your help and comments.

Mike

7. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Hi Mike,
Like every city in the world, most places are fine to walk at night as long as you're aware of what's going on around you. Traditionally Pearse St, which you walk down to get to Hanover Quay, was deemed to be less safe than walking down Baggot St to Ballsbridge but in this day & age with all the development it's pretty much the same. Friends of mine live in Hanover Quay and others in Charlotte Quay accross the basin and it's a lovely area. Still a little short on decent food stores though. As for traffic, the whole of Dublin is fairly buzzing with cars so it's really a case of getting a non street facing where ever you are :). I agree with Mel that closer to the actual centre might be more convenient for you.
Suz

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting sunicol

Hi Mel,
Yeah it seems crazy to me but I saw rates of E2,500 on daft when I checked for Mike so I would assume it's the location and the convenience of a short term let. My own rent was only E1,150 for a 2 up, 2 down near Collins Barracks but others were paying E1,600 for a 1 beds just off Capel St which was ludicrous. Mike, I would definitely search on Daft and if you see one that takes your fancy at your budget either myself or Mel could let you know if the building/area is what you're looking for.
Best of luck, Suz

Wow!!!
That much for ones, off Capel Steet. I have a one bedroom appartment, near the Guiness Brewery. I only charge the tennants 700E per month, and I still have some left over, after I pay the mortgage and all the expenses. Those landlords are taking the piss, with those prices. Otherwise, the agents are getting very rich.

Yeah Mike. Sunicol is right. U could broaden your range of areas, to have an appartment in. I think u should be able to find an appartment quickly, when u get to Dublin. They are so expensive, that I doubt they are occupied full time. U could phone an agency and ask them before u arrive in Dublin, if the have many immediately available.;) If they have, ask for a list of addresses. Then me and Sunicol can narrow the list, so u wont have to waste time looking at ones, in bad areas.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 26, 2007, at 12:00 AM by Mel. ]

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Mike, the walk from the centre to Ballsbridge is safe, at night. That is one of the safest areas, in the city centre or Dublin. Although, u are right, Ballsbridge can also be car intensive.

Sunicol. Where exactly is Hannover Quay? Is it near the Four Courts or Temple Bar, or where?

Mike, some of the appartments, on the Quays are not too noisey. If they look over a courtyard, they can be quite. If however, they overlook the river, or the street, they are not quiet. It is safe, to walk along the river at night. However, there are many not so safe streets near the river. This is why u have to be careful, where exactly your appartment is located. For example, I used to live, in mine, which is near the Guiness Brewery. I could walk safely along the river at night. There were 2 streets, which led up to my appartment. One was very dangerous, and one was sort of dangerous, at night. Both streets were OK, before dark.
If the entrance to an appartment building on the quays is facing the river, it is safe, to walk, to it, at night, if u walk along the river, or else get to know which streets are safe.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 26, 2007, at 12:16 AM by Mel. ]

10. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 9y

Mel, Hanover Quay is down at the new Grand Canal basin development, by the old gas works.