Let's talk about picking an apartment.
Let me tell you about picking an apartment.
And beg for advice. I know it's a little excessive to broadcast this load-and-clear, but I'm stumped and in a bind. (I need to know someitme this week and work isn't going to stop for me to find a place to live...) The movers need to know where to put my stuff, and to do that,I need to know where to put my stuff.
I need to find a place soon, and while there's not a shortage of them in this town (40-odd posts to craigslist.com
daily), that still hasn't made it easy. My former apartment was quant but old. The windows had a lot of cobwebs. The floors were uneven. The walls
were uneven. Doors were missing.
(That last one is my fault.)
This has led me to a new standard in living, which I want to uphold: the Nice Apartment. Even walls. Doors. Windows without cracks and creaks. You know the type.
Unfortunately, I'd also like to live in a part of town where you're not perpetually alone. Shacks and log cabins need not apply.
This led me to look for places on Capitol Hill, Seattle's "gay district", which isn't any gayer than my last residence. Not entirely why people think you should be freaked out when you walk down Broadway. I mean, the man with the rainbow beard is a really nice guy.
So, I've looked at two different apartments today, and I've come to an impasse. I like both places for different reasons, and find that I need to choose between them. Here's what I have:
|Yeeehaw Rustic Awesomeness|
Recently rennovated and looks really nice on the inside.
Third floor with an ok view
Manager that tried to sell me the place, but not too hard. Spent more time talking about geology and let me do my own evaluation. Answered my questions and then gave me directions to my next apartment showing. (Which I got lost, but that's not his fault.) He doesn't seem to be in it for the money.
I had a good vibe about this place. I liked it.
Smallish: 650ft^2 (smaller than the below)
No laundry room.
200 bucks more a month than the other place.
Off-street non-garage parking.
|It's Shrugsville Baby|
Cheaper by 200 bucks
Losts of storage. I mean, storage out the wazoo. Five closets and an out-of-apartment storage area.
Ground Floor in a ok neighborhood. Bars on the window. Prison style.
Property manager didn't seem excited to show it to me.
I didn't have a vibe for this place. It was just a place. Not great. Not even good. Not anything.
So, here's the question: would you pay 200 bucks more a month and have to do off-site laundry for a good feeling? The money isn't much of an issue (I can afford more than this, too..) and off-site laundry is a good way to meet some interesting people, but....yeah. Not convienent. Advice?