Amherst Housing Blog

Welcome to the Amherst Housing Blog! Here you can follow my search for adequate housing, learn a few tricks, avoid scams, get the low down on the rental scene, and post your own stories. This is meant to help all of you through the process and to keep these often wealthy, often unscrupulous landlords in check!! See sister Amherst Life Blog -

Monday, August 14, 2006

Office Spaces in the Pioneer Valley

It has come to my attention via email ( that many of you faithful Amherst Housing Blog readers are also interested in local office spaces. The problem seems to be that Pioneer Valley space owners think they can charge Boston prices for offices that would do anything but attract customers, allow you to work on your manuscript, meditate, or whatever else one does in an office these days...

So, after visiting several local agencies and checking out the scene with private renters, I have come to the conclusion that:

1. Prices & quality around here are indeed ridiculous
2. I must include the hunt for office spaces as a blog side-topic
3. There is a solution!

You are aware of the first two conclusions, so I will jump to the third, and for that I only need to mention one name: Carol Benson. Carol owns a wide variety of high quality, affordable office spaces in Amherst, Hadley, Northampton, Hatfield, and Sunderland. Instead of describing all of them (there are many), you can reach her at: (413) 247-0090 or

Hope that helps!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Benson Mini-Storage: The Best Spaces in the Area!

5 by 5 units: all new, clean, 24-hour access, very friendly staff, diverse payment options, safe, conveniently located off of I-91 in Hatfield (minutes from Northampton, 10 miles from UMass). Rates for these units are around $35-40/month (a great deal for this area).

Based on personal experience: you can pay a little less (maybe $30/month at the lowest) at a few places in the Amherst/Northampton area, but you can't get into the units on Sundays nor after office hours, the spaces are often divided by flimsy cardboard or even chickenwire, and the owners are, in many cases, unbelievably rude and inconsiderate.

Call the folks at Benson to get rates on the units and for more information:
(413) 247-0090

Please let them know about the blog!