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Title: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on January 30, 2005, 01:47:34 pm
Hi All,

If you're looking for a place to stay in the Manchester area (NH's largest city!), there are plenty of options open to you.

For individual rooms . . .

Paul Guay, 605 Union St., 603-623-5936, $125 a week when I was there, cash only, first and last week's rent.? A nice guy and definitely liberty leaning, but he'll talk your ear off if you give him the chance.? He's probably got about 20 or 30 rooms in a couple of different buildings.? I left because my neighbors smoked and Karl had a better deal.

Me - Alec Muller, 412 Central St., 603-264-2873, $475 per month in a nice 6 bedroom house, top (4 BR) and bottom (2 BR) floor each have their own kitchen, living room, entryways, and bathroom(s).? I've been living at Karl's for the last 6 months but I've saved up a down payment and I'm in the process of buying my own house now.? I'll be able to start taking house mates between the last week of February and the begining of March.? I'll be looking for porcupines where ever I can find them, but probably posting on room mate web sites as well to fill up as quickly as possible.? Very flexible terms for porcs, pro-rated by day if you like.

For stand-alone apartments . . .

CPManagement 603-424-1700

River View at Washington Park on Country Club Drive -  Phone: 603-669-8400  Price: $775-$875  Bedroom: 1 - 2

Heritage On the Merrimack nearby in Bedford 603-644-1900 (allows dogs)

If anyone else knows of rental providers that they've had a good experience with, or if you're in the market for a place to stay, let us know!

Alec
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on February 10, 2005, 08:44:18 pm
I've gotten a closing date on the house - I'll be getting the keys in just one week! (February 17th, 2005).  I've been using Roommates.com and talking to co-workers but I still haven't officially filled any of the rooms yet, so inquiries are still very welcome.

As a random tidbit of additional info for the area:

Boston, MA -     57 minutes drive from my house, 590,000 people
Concord, NH -   23 minutes,  41,000
Derry, NH -       19 minutes,  34,000
Haverhill, MA -   42 minutes,  59,000
Laconia, NH -    54 minutes (Gunstock Ski Resort, Lake Winnepesaukee)
Lawrence, MA - 36 minutes,  72,000
Lowell, MA -     44 minutes, 105,000
Methuen, MA - 31 minutes,   44,000
Nashua, NH -    26 minutes,   87,000
Salem, NH -      30 minutes,   28,000
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on April 03, 2005, 12:51:10 pm
I'm still looking for roommates for my house in Manchester - $475 per month, no lease, no security deposit for porcupines.  I have three rooms open right now, and I'm living with three other people (31 year old guy, 25 year old guy, 23 year old girl).  If anyone is thinking of moving to Manchester and is interested in getting a room in a house rather than a whole apartment, please contact me.

Alec
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: freedomroad on April 03, 2005, 10:43:35 pm
I'm still looking for roommates for my house in Manchester - $475 per month, no lease, no security deposit for porcupines.  I have three rooms open right now, and I'm living with three other people (31 year old guy, 25 year old guy, 23 year old girl).  If anyone is thinking of moving to Manchester and is interested in getting a room in a house rather than a whole apartment, please contact me.

Alec

I'm not planning on moving to NH in the next couple of years, but that sounds expensive.  I know Manchester has competitive home prices and property tax rates better than most of NH.  Does your $475 include utilities, otherwise, how much would the total be?
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on April 20, 2005, 06:52:03 pm
I'm not planning on moving to NH in the next couple of years, but that sounds expensive.  I know Manchester has competitive home prices and property tax rates better than most of NH.  Does your $475 include utilities, otherwise, how much would the total be?

That includes heat, electricity, laundry, gas, snow removal, air conditioning, high speed wireless internet, and cable television (which would probably work out to $100 per month per person if we split all the bills instead of my paying them).  You could probably get a super-efficiency apartment for the same amount of money, but it wouldn't include utilities and you'd need to sign lease (this is month-to-month).  Buying a house definitely makes the most sense as long as appreciation rates stay high, but it's much less risky to live in an area for a while before committing to buying a house there.  I lived in Karl Beisel's house for 7 months before buying mine.

Alec
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: Rich Goldman on April 26, 2005, 05:54:18 pm
Hi.  My name is Rich Goldman and I'm planning on living in NH from June-August (before I come back to Baltimore for graduate school in the fall).  While I'm leaning towards Nashua (for work reasons), I can't say I'd be opposed to Manchester.  Do you still have a room available? 
  -Rich
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on June 15, 2005, 07:01:02 pm
Hi Rich - thank you for contacting me by email last month, and I'm sorry I didn't have any spaces open.  I'm still full, and I usually only come to this thread when I'm looking for a housemate or have new information to post, but I'll keep my ears open for other housing options in Manchester.
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: Russell Kanning on June 15, 2005, 07:53:49 pm
Good to hear your house is full.
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: Zerstorer on June 15, 2005, 08:07:07 pm
I currently rent a room from Alec and I can attest that this place is perfect for those relocating to NH. Ive only been here a few days and I have gotten alot done. Plan to buy a car within the next week or two then consider what to do after that.

Either Alec or I will let everyone know when I plan to move on...Concord, Nashua, Keene, whatever. I highly recommend making this a first stop. Just bring a wireless network card  ;D
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on August 30, 2005, 02:10:30 pm
I have at least one room available in Manchester.  Max (another free stater) is a merchant mariner and will be leaving for another tour on September 20th.  Another housemate is thinking about leaving so I may have another room available around the same time.  Rooms are $475 per month and include all utilities, toilet paper, trash bags, and cleaning supplies.  There's also no lease and I pro-rate by the day, so if you want someplace to stay temporarily (while you look for an apartment or if you're just coming to check out the area) that's fine too.  If anyone needs to get here before 9/20, I have a small office available that can serve as a bedroom (just $300 a month) in a pinch.
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on September 09, 2005, 12:57:08 pm
I've still got a room available starting 9/20 for anyone interested in moving to Manchester.
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: Simon Jester on January 20, 2006, 05:27:58 pm
Alec--
I'm planning on moving to NH sometime August 2006, and would like to start out just by renting a room while I'm looking for a job. But as I plan on coming with only what I can cram into my car (Honda Civic), I'd like to know if your rooms come furnished?
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on March 10, 2006, 09:08:14 pm
Hi Geist,

I can typically furnish a couple of rooms, because mostly people bring their own stuff.  At the moment I have one spare mattress (two if you're willing to use the extra-firm California King that takes up most of a room and has been stored in the garage), a couple of small end tables, and all the bureaus you could possibly want.  I'm short on desks and office chairs, but I know of a store where I can pick used ones up for reasonable prices.

At the moment I'm all full (except for a small guest room that I use as a buffer when I know a roommate will be moving out soon), but the odds are I might have an openning by August if you want to keep me in mind.

Alec
(p.s. hey, one of my other roommates and I currently drive Honda Civics too)
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: CelesteJ on April 08, 2006, 07:30:15 am
Hello Alec,

I just sent Joel Winters an email last night explaing that I'm looking for a room to rent in the Nashua or Manchester area. He was going to forward it to you. This morning I found this message board and registered in order to reply to a couple postings. I'm looking for a Tax Day move-in date and don't have much stuff. My biggest concerns are parking, utilities included, preferable with a w/d situation. I have allergies, so smoke- and pet-free is important, too.

Please call 508-451-2475 ASAP.

Thanks!

Celeste
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: CelesteJ on April 08, 2006, 07:34:48 am
... or I'll call you later this Saturday morning!   :)
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on April 09, 2006, 08:47:41 am
Hi Celeste,

Thanks for your call yesterday.  I was thinking and realized you'd said you were interested in Manchester or Nashua.  I think Mike Fisher (another free stater) bought a house and is letting out rooms in Nashua, so you might contact him to see if he has space.  His email address is mike at nhcaspian.org, and I'll edit this quote if I can find his phone number.  Good luck, and welcome to New Hampshire!

Sincerely,
Alec
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on August 20, 2006, 07:35:23 pm
I have a room openning up at the end of August if anyone is looking for temporary housing in Manchester.  There are 7 of us here now (including 3 free staters), but two are moving out and I'd like to keep an empty room for a guest who'll be visiting next month.  Shoot me an email at alecmuller at yahoo dot com or call 603-264-2873 in the evenings (6-10pm EST) if you're interested.

Alec Muller
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: Tony Stelik on August 21, 2006, 02:35:13 pm
Hi
I am looking for place in NH. For time been not expensive room would be fine.
I need for moment just the address till I will locate some job, so I do not care how many roommates or any other condition.
As soon as I would get the job somewhere in NH I will adjust my living conditions. Eventually I will be looking for property to buy.
Please contact me if you are looking for roommates to discuss conditions.
Tony Stelik
tonystelik@aol.com
tel 860 919 1625
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on August 22, 2006, 05:21:54 am
Hi Tony,

Thank you for your interest, but another Free Stater emailed me yesterday morning and he's going to be taking the room.  When do you plan on arriving in New Hampshire?  I might or might not have another opening in a month or two.

Alec
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: Tony Stelik on August 22, 2006, 10:16:27 am
Hi all
I am looking for address right now. I need to put some NH address when I am filling applications and sending resume. I do not need location to stay right now although it would be convenient. When I locate job I will be looking for more permanent room – even in such I could stay for a while in a motel.
While I am looking for job and living still in CT I would like to expect somebody re-mailing my correspondences to me for some little money of course.
I am ready now to move to NH now but my limitation at this moment is job.
Hope to see you guys soon in NH.
Tony
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on October 30, 2006, 10:40:13 pm
I currently have a room available in Manchester.  If you want to meet lots of Free Staters right away (there are 3 or 4 in my house) & get oriented for a few months before signing a 12 month lease, and you don't smoke or have pets (unless it's a dog), give me a call.

Alec Muller
603-264-2873
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on December 02, 2006, 09:33:27 am
I still have an open room from last month, and might have a second one by New Year's.  I'd like to fill them with Free Staters if possible, but I'll be resorting to the roommate websites soon if no one happens to be moving up right now.

Happy moving!
Alec
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on December 22, 2006, 08:45:14 am
I'm going to have 3 open rooms in early January if anyone is interested in moving to Manchester.

Alec
603-264-2873
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: Dreepa on December 22, 2006, 08:46:40 am
You may want to post over on NHFREE.com there are a few people asking about housing over there.
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on February 19, 2007, 10:31:50 pm
Thank you for the suggestion Dreepa - I recently found a porcupine roommate named David through NHFREE.com

Right now, I'll have one room opening up in each of the next three weeks (3 rooms total by March 1st), so I'm hunting for housemates again.  Please email me at alecmuller at gmail dot com if you're interested in housing in Manchester.  I'll be posting on NHFREE.com too as soon as I figure out how to get them to accept my cookies again.  When these three roommates move out, we'll have a 100% Free State house for the first time in 2 years, and it would be cool to keep it that way.  It's a great way to meet people when you first get here!

Alec
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on June 25, 2007, 08:36:10 pm
For the last three months now we've had an all-porcupine house (7-8 of us!) and it's been great.

I filled my one empty room with an intern from work, though, so we have one non-free stater who seems like a nice guy after one day here.  Another free stater is moving out and I'm getting ready to rent a nearby efficiency apartment to sublet, though, so if any of you know of someone who's looking for flexible housing in Manchester, please put them in touch with me.

The open room in my house will be $400 a month, and the efficiency next door will be $600 a month if you go through me, and possibly less if you sign up for a longer-term lease with the landlord directly instead of going through me.

Alec Muller
alecmuller at gmail.com
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on December 10, 2007, 07:46:03 pm
Porc Central is expanding!

I just checked out a 3 bedroom across the street from 412 Central Street (home to 9 porcupines at the moment) and am probably going to rent it.  It's $900/month plus utilities (which I'm guessing will average $300-400).  The rooms are different sizes, and the big one has two large closets (one of them walk-in) and could fit two people willing to share space.  I'd guess that a fair split of costs would be ~ $550, $450, and $300 per month per room with utilities (I may update this after going back with a tape measure).  I forgot to ask about parking spaces, but most likely there's only one off-street, which means the other two people have to find on-street parking which is a pain in the winter if you have a car (especially during snow emergencies when they ban all parking on the streets, which happens a half dozen times per year).  It has one small bathroom (with a tub), and one decent sized galley-style kitchen, a living room, and a dining room.  All the floors are hardwood.  The heat is natural gas with radiators (probably steam).

Ideally one of you will rent it so I'm not involved at all (there's probably no money in the deal - I just want more porcupines in the neighborhood).  However, if none of you wants the responsibility of managing it but at least two people _do_ want to move in (to a neighborhood that already has 12 porcupines within a 100 foot radius) before the end of the year, then I'll rent it myself and find people to fill it.  If I rent it out, then it will have high speed internet, heat & hot water, and electricity, but no other utilities.  If you want a phone you'll need a cell phone or VOIP (Error you run a phone service, right?), and if you want cable tv you'll need to come visit 412 Central Street.  The internet will be included in the base price, but the variable utilities will be split between housemates (i.e. something like $400+150, $325+$125, & $200+100).  As always, my terms are at will & I prorate by the day.

I told Steve the owner that I'd get back to him in a couple of days, so if you're interested, please email me at alecmuller at gmail.com before Wednesday at 5pm!
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on December 15, 2007, 01:41:04 pm
Update: I signed the lease on the 3-bedroom apartment today, and it will be ready for people to move in this next Saturday 12/22/07.  Please email me with details if you're interested!

Also, check out this 6.5 minute documentary on the FSP if you haven't already - nearly all of the interviews and footage for it were shot in our neighborhood.

http://current.com/items/88792912_rent_free
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on February 02, 2008, 03:06:57 pm
Bump.  I have two rooms currently open if you're interested in living with other porcupines in Manchester (one for $350/month and one for $475), and expect to have two more ($400 and $475) in a few weeks.  Also, there are now 12 adult porcupines living either in my house or in the immediate neighborhood.
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on February 11, 2008, 10:56:14 am
I now have 3 rooms open, but expect to fill one of them this afternoon.  If you're looking for flexible housing in Manchester, send me an email at alecmuller at gmail.com.

Alec
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on March 02, 2008, 05:10:40 pm
Update: 4 rooms now open in Manchester for porcupines - 3 at $475 per month and 1 at $350.
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: Porcupine The Godful Heathen on March 03, 2008, 12:37:26 pm
Alec, do you know of any Porc friendly folks around there that would rent to a couple who smoke (my wife smokes cigarettes a lot and I smoke cigars once in awhile) and have two well behaved cats, an two bedroom apartment?
Title: Re: The Porcupine's Housing Guide to Manchester, NH
Post by: alecmuller on April 21, 2008, 04:15:12 pm
Porcupine_in_NH,

Sorry to take so long to reply - I've been using Ron Helwig's Porcmanor.com and not coming to the forum very much lately.  There's a guy across the street who has a 2-bedroom apartment right next to a bunch of other free staters, and it's empty right now while they're fixing some stuff.  If you haven't already found something, I'd be happy to put you in touch with them.

Alec alecmuller@gmail.com