The Californian real estate market is as tempting and mysterious as Santa’s bag of goodies. You are fed with the promise of more than enough square footage, drop-dead-gorgeous locations, airy rooms, modern amenities, the coolest décor and even the friendliest neighbors. But how many of these distinctive features can you actually afford? Because at the end of the day, you should know that some of the most jaw-dropping properties for rent or for sale involve hefty additional costs that you may not be able to identify and factor in at a first estimate. Super Big (and Almost Mandatory) Tips. Your building staff will receive a generous bonus during holidays and considerable tips on certain occasions. According to a Forbes article, holiday bonuses may range from 100 to 200 dollars for building managers, from $25 to 1,000 dollars (per residence) for doormen and from 25 to 75 dollars for porters and elevator operators. This may not sound like a lot of money, especially since tips do not normally represent significant monthly expenses, but a few hundreds of dollars spent around summer and winter holidays may very well add up and overbalance your budget. Expensive Amenities Requiring Maintenance. Do you think that the onsite pool and wellness center are much-needed perks that won’t cost you a dime? In this case you are terribly wrong. Luxury amenities such as meeting spaces, pools or indoor spas usually involve additional charges. Landscaping and/or Gardening Fees. You can see things this way: any additional service added to keep the rental in excellent condition and boost its appeal will cost you. Gardening and landscaping services make no exception. Since a good gardener providing affordable services may be difficult to find, you may want to stick to low-maintenance, native plants that would automatically adapt to your outdoor environment. Pet Fees. When you live in a big city like Santa Monica or San Francisco, you inevitably shed a few hundreds of dollars on pet treatments and grooming services simply because your four-legged friend deserves the finest things in life; however your landlord may be able to burn even deeper holes in your pocket by charging you extra fees (that can reach up to 500 dollar per year) for keeping Fifi on your premises. What Should You Do? All these additional fees may stop you from living the life of the rich and famous in Cali, especially when you’re not counting on a fixed and consistent source of income. Should you abandon your dream of living in a luxurious Californian rental? Not in a million years! Apartment Hunterz will help you find a cute and affordable upscale property that is actually in your price range in less than a week. Have faith in the expertise, skills and connections of the largest Californian apartment finder and enjoy a simpler house hunt that will also put less pressure on your finances.