It's not love but it'll do for now.

Looking for a place to live is stressful anywhere you live, but for some reason it seems to be a major issue here. You would think that I'm living in a thriving metropolis but nope! Just plain old Athens (with it's massive student population who artificially drive up prices). How about $1400 a month for a two bedroom apartment? YES! Please and thank you. There is also this giant rod that you could beat me roundly about the head with too.

Ok, but in all seriousness- $1400 a month for a two bedroom apartment in insane. I could rent a whole house in a nicer neighborhood for that amount or a little bit more. So the epic search continued on- then there was the $450 motel-dive-looking apartment. Complete with half inflated air mattress on the floor and hobo smell.

Then there was the hugely touted "ceramic tile!" apartment, the only ceramic tile was about 3 tiles right when you walked in the door. Of course the kitchen had horrible, shit-tastic linoleum. Instead of a hobo smell this place was heavily incensed so either the dude was in the Seminary and practicing his Catholic rituals or he is into the pot. I'm thinking it is the latter, especially since there was the tell-tale hippie tapestry on the living room wall.

There was one other contender, it was nice, tile floors/nice carpet, bigger kitchen, good amount of storage. But the price was a bit higher, it had a bit of an odd layout and it didn't have a washer and dryer. It cost about the same as the place I'm living now though- but...

In the end I chose the apartment on the West Side of town, sort of out of the way (still only a 5 minute commute to work). But it's big and open (albeit boring and bland), with a nice washer and dryer. The kitchen is JACKED, though. Carpet in the kitchen? (good bye deposit the minute I spill something on the floor) It looks like they intended to put in some more counters/cabinets and then got distracted by shiny object or perhaps a ham sandwich thus causing them to entirely forget about the project.

Kitchen




Living Room:


Bedroom:


But it is cheaper than my current place and I am instituting plan "super money saver" so at the end of next year I could make some major life changes. Maybe leave, maybe buy a house, maybe take a super extended vacation? I don't know. Something BIG.

Now that I've put it out there I have to follow through.

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10 Comments:

  • At April 24, 2008 3:48 AM, Blogger KB said…

    Not bad. Consider it a blank canvas for you to make it your own!

     
  • At April 24, 2008 7:55 AM, Blogger Mary said…

    Yay for you! Adn kudos for the big money saving scheme...so worth it :)
    I would also like to add how much I enjoyed you commenting on the 'hobo' smell...my husband swears I'm the only person under age 86 that uses the term 'hobo'...usually reserved for when he's eating soup right out of the pan, or my kids think they can walk to a friend's house eating a sandwich...hobos.

     
  • At April 24, 2008 1:54 PM, Blogger Amblus said…

    Hah, I had a carpeted kitchen once too. What is that? Anyway, congrats on the new place!

     
  • At April 24, 2008 7:35 PM, Blogger Lincoln said…

    I like it...and frankly, I'm intrigued by a carpeted kitchen. For some reason, I prefer vacuuming to sweeping.

     
  • At April 25, 2008 9:36 AM, Anonymous Stacy said…

    That kitchen is weird with the lack of cabinets a the bottom. I would fill it in with shelving units :) The rest of it looks good though!

    I also enjoyed the "hobo smell" comment AND "in the pot"...very funny

     
  • At April 28, 2008 10:22 AM, Blogger orangek8 said…

    HOUSEWARMING PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • At April 28, 2008 8:53 PM, Anonymous Jemima said…

    Some bright paint and an area carpet you can throw in the wash plus a butcher's block will turn the kitchen around.

    Are there enough windows? I ask only because I currently live in a dark, dank, depressing cave that smells like feet and not my own (feet, I mean). A girl needs light.

    When do you move? Are you so psyched for new vibes and money savings? I hope so!

     
  • At April 28, 2008 9:51 PM, Blogger Skeezix said…

    There are several large windows in the living room, it's a walk out so it isn't too terribly dark and depressing. Small windows only in the bedroom though and none in the kitchen.

    Move in date is sometime the first week of June.

     
  • At April 30, 2008 11:49 AM, Blogger Ian said…

    $1400/month for a two-bedroom? That's a bargain by Toronto standards. Most one-bedroom places in town that aren't completely nasty are at least $1000.

     
  • At April 30, 2008 5:09 PM, Blogger Skeezix said…

    Ian, true on that BUT this is ATHENS. We don't even have a fucking Target or a real mall.

     

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