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oh, relocation
iliveinidiocy wrote in wva
Fortunately or perhaps unfortunately for me, I'm relocating to the Charleston area. I've spent a sparse amount of time there for the last few months as initial feelers but haven't ventured very far outside of the three blocks surrounding the hotel. In any case, I need some advice. For the first two to three months I'll be living in a hotel and there after I'll be looking for a small flat. I'd prefer to live in the downtown area, as I'm working down there and currently do not commute via a car (I loath dealing with traffic, so a bikeable/walkable commute is far superior for me).
That said, what are some hip spots in that area to rent from? lofts and studio apartments are prefered but not a requirement.
Also, anyone care to list some dive bars? I found one or two that I liked but am open to more suggestions, especially if they are downtown.

And finally, something to do in the huge city of Charleston? I like a lot of expirimental/noise music and prefer to dive into that scene when present.

Thanks for your time!

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The east end will be where the cheaper apartments are and still only a 15-20 min walk from downtown. I used to walk to work downtown winter and summer every day with no problem.

There are generally a lot of places with Apt For Rent signs up and I find that easier than looking online in the paper's classifieds since they don't allow you to search by location.

I don't know what defines a dive bar, but there are two in the east end a block from the Capitol building and six or seven downtown that I know of.

For things to do just look around. Check out the newspapers and the bulletin at Taylor Books and the farmer's market and those kinds of places. There are always a ton of live music opportunities of all genres. There are interesting things at the Clay Center, film festivals and short film weekends regularly from the Capitol Theater downtown and other shows. There's a soccer team that plays other soccer teams (I don't know what you call it when it's not professional but it's not just pick-up games) if you like that, and a lot of great restaurants. Also various festivals, though we're past for the season for that.

I think Charleston is a really nice place to live. You can't just sit around and wait for things to do to fall into your lap like you can in larger cities, but there's plenty to do, good music, good architecture, and the "country" is about a 20 min drive in any direction.

Hey, thanks so much for the response!

Honestly, the cost of living is cheap as hell i that city, and the great part of this whole move is that it's actually a fairly substantial raise (for once in this economy), but thanks for the suggestion! I saw a $500 studio almost in front of where I'll be working that looked pretty classy and will be open for rent around the same time I'll be looking, so I'm kind of feasting my eyes on that.

More into culture, though. A lot of the music I've been able to dig up is of the hardcore and/or metalcore scene. Anything else going on? even doom metal (ie- eyehategod, khanate, and the like)?

And another thing, since you do seemingly have some sort of educated background, where would you go to look for a job? The job pool there, as I've seen is, well, rough. I've lived in the deep south for a while and I honestly, in fear of seemingly like a total ass, had a real tough time finding qualified employees for the jobs for which I was hiring (ie-line level clerical that pays 8-10/hr). But getting back to the point, where should I be advertising, other than the obvious corporate newspaper? craigslist?

And as far as sitting around and waiting things to happen, I'm certainly not that person, because I've spent time in rural, natural resource-driven economies and not blinked an eye (western carolina, eastern TN). Anyway, thanks again for the response!

What do you define as culture? There are various art galleries downtown plus the Clay center, and Tamarack is nearby. The larger music scene in the city is more jazz and blues oriented, or it was in any case. Taylor Books has live music every Friday and Saturday night that at least used to never include rock or metal, and Mountain Stage at the Cultural Center features a huge variety of acts with numerous genres in each three hour show.

For clerical job advertising I would assume the newspaper would be best. I never think of Craigslist in terms of employment but a lot of other people seem to. I used to manage Taylor Books with my sister until I because disabled though so I never really did any job hunting (started doing that right after high school) in this area.

Since I have been disabled and somewhat housebound for the recent past I'm not the most up to date source of information but I figured anything might help.

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