Monday, June 06, 2005

Apartment Hunting

Sorry for the limited posting in recent days - I've been spending spare time apartment hunting - so far with limited success.

Observations from the first 3 weeks of the apartment hunt

  1. Some people on Craigslist are not only intentionally misleading, but they are stupid. If you list the same place as being in Dupont, Adams Morgan, and U street, you are basically revealing that it really isn't in any of those places. Also - if you can't be bothered to take a photo of the apartment or give the actual address, it probably means it would dissuade renters and therefore, I don't want to see it.
  2. Private condo owners seem to have no problem turning down qualified applicants for whatever reason they want. Unfortunately, when you are young and an unmarried couple, you pretty much are stuck living in a building run by a company that has to follow equal housing laws.
  3. I am shocked that people pay $1500 a month to live in dark ass basements. Either they are nocturnal, or allergic to sunshine.
  4. Apparently it is borderline impossible to find a bright, above ground apartment with a dishwasher, washer dryer, hardwood floors, and some type of outdoor space (balcony, patio, roofdeck, garden access) within walking distance of a metro stop. Well at least for less than $1800 a month.
  5. Apartment hunting is mainly about three things. Checking the various housing sites religiously, trying to be the first to see a place (most effective within hours of the posting), and above all, discovering which of features you really are willing to compromise on for your new place.

So the hunt continues - I'll keep you posted, I'm sure you are all on the edge of your seats.

PS. Go Heat! Detroit is about to be outsourced to the offseason.

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