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Hello mamas! There was a Manitoba mamas thread in here a while ago, but I can't find it, and I really need some specific help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">.<br><br>
We'll be moving to Winnipeg in May from Northwestern Ontario and I have a few questions. Please feel free to pm me if you have answers you'd rather not post (as in, you know of a great place we could rent!!!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> .<br><br>
We are a family of six, with four little boys; we need a decent amount of space, a safe neighbourhood, a backyard that's fenced or fence-able. We have no pets, we don't smoke and other than children-created noise, we are quiet (at 8pm our home is silent) and we prefer to live in a quiet neighbourhood. We homeschool. Oh and we'll be living there for 2 to 3 years while dh finishes his master's degree at U of W. We'd like to stay in-town so dh can use public transportation so I am not stuck without a vehicle when I need it.<br><br>
1) Can you recommend safe, clean neighbourhoods?<br><br>
2) What is a reasonable rent for a three bedroom town/semi-detached or single home?<br><br>
3) Where are advertisements for rentals? Any websites you'd recommend?<br><br>
4) Do you know of any rentals you'd recommend that are available for May?<br><br>
I think that's all for now; I'm sure I'll have more questions if/when anyone responds <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
Thanks ladies! I'm excited to have this next chapter of our life started and finished (and it would be so nice to meet up with some mdc mamas and families while we're there!)<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm replying to my own post because I've spent the evening looking for rental houses and I'm feeling discouraged. The rents are pretty high, and I was under the impression that they'd be lower than southern Ontario's cities; $1000+ to $1500 for three bdrm homes? Yikes... With property being relatively much less, I thought rents would be too, but it doesn't seem that way so far. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places.<br><br>
I'll be phoning around tomorrow. I hope this isn't going to be extremely difficult.<br><br>
I'd really love it if somemama could throw me a bone... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Hi there!<br><br>
I saw one for rent in my neighbourhood - it was just a sign on the boulevard and I can't remember if it mentioned a price, but my neighbourhood is very safe and family-friendly. I can check out the sign tomorrow and get the info for you if you want. I have no idea what the going rent is these days although DH and I were discussing that very thing earlier tonight.
 

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Wow! It's true, I can't believe how expensive rentals are! I guess that's why everyone here buys....... There were a few reasonable listings on craigslist, have you tried that?
 

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Prairiemommy, that would be great! I am feeling overwhelmed with trying to find listings, not knowing which streets are in which neighbourhoods and really, we may as well be moving to another country with how completely out of my element I am with this. I've lived in Ontario my whole life and adjusted to changes as they've happened; this is one big change all at once.<br><br>
I'm afraid that while it would be cheaper to buy, dh only has 2 yrs at the most left in his degree, and we don't know where we'll settle afterward, but he really wants to continue with a doctorate, so we'll need to move somewhere with a university that offers his program, and UM doesn't (and receiving a PhD from the same uni. as his Master would be a credential no-no). Sooooo, it is my hope that we'll settle in the city where he studies for his doctorate, but UW is a perfect fit for him now.<br><br>
Anyway, I'll continue looking tonight and checking in here.<br><br>
Thanks so much, mamas!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/blowkiss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Blowkiss">:<br><br>
ETA: We're planning on being in Winnipeg for 3 years even though dh has only two yrs left of his degree because we want to be there early (May) and we won't be hustling out of town the moment he graduates, in all likelihood, especially if he chooses to study for a second Master's degree instead of a doctorate- which he could do there, and only if it would benefit him more than the PhD would. Anyway, I just realised that my having written that he'll only take 2 yrs might be misleading. That and he's fast-tracking through trimesters, so if he cannot complete all of his requisites along that schedule, it may spill over into a third year and we are trying to be prepared for that possibility too.
 

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there's a free biweekly renter's guide that lists everything under the sun. i currently have a foot in a cast so can't offer to mail you a copy, but maby another 'pegger? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Wolseley is kind of expensive (getting pricier each month, it's pretty desirable), but it fits much of your criteria, very quiet, family oriented, lots of hsers and it's walking distance to the U of W (from 15 to 30 minute walk, depending on which end you are in.)<br><br>
Fort Rouge is quiet and pretty close to the U of W (10 minute drive, or so)<br><br>
Parts of St. Boniface are quite cheap, parts of it are not the safest (same goes for Fort Rouge), but St. B is also a french language neighborhood and has lots of interesting things going on there.<br><br>
There are some parts of the West End that are cheap and safe, and it's very close to the U of W (the U is in the eastern most part of the West End) but many parts of it are very dangerous. You'd be best off looking at the far west end of the West End, near Polo Park.<br><br><a href="http://maps.google.ca/" target="_blank">Google maps</a> is really good for finding exactly where you are looking at. In general (very general), if you are looking within a five mile radius of the U of W, south of Portage is safer than north of Portage, and the area right around the U is not at all safe, especially at night.<br><br>
If you are looking at specific addresses, you could pm me to tell you about the neighborhood, or check out the general vicinity. I live very close to the U of W and have for 20 years, off and on, and I know this area pretty well.
 

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Is buying not really an option at all? Even if you were to sell in three years, it would likely be a cheaper option, and give you much more space. House rentals in the city do seem to be fairly expensive.<br>
It depends what 'level' of neighborhood you're looking for, but for instance I live on the edge of the city in a pretty nice (though not rich) neighborhood. We're walking distance from three levels of schools, and we're paying about $660 a month for mortgage, it's a 2 bedroom plus full finished basement, with a bedroom downstairs. Just for comparions, when we were looking at renting, a one bedroom in this area ran about $720 plus heat and water.<br><br>
Were there any other questions neighborhood wise you had that we could answer? UW is very easy to reach by bus from just about anywhere, so you're lucky in that aspct.
 
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