Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Apartment Hunting: Round 1

My apartment hunt is lackluster at best. So far, I've only seen two places. I'm hoping that more start becoming available since it's now July and I'm looking for an August 1 move-in date. I saw both places a few weeks ago, and I've written pros/cons lists for both.

One of the girls in my book club just moved to the same neighborhood and mentioned that she might know some people who are looking for a roommate! I e-mailed her about it, so perhaps I'll have some other options here soon. I also realized that my bi-weekly automated savings for my E-fund (which is now fully funded!) are still occurring, so I've decided to earmark the amounts from June and July for August's moving expenses. I'll have ~$300 available from that, plus I might be selling some pieces of furniture that I have and I'm hoping to get the majority of my security deposit back from the current place. Crossing my fingers on that last one!

Apartment #1
2 bed/2 bath; open room is the Master; 11.8 miles to work; $785/month for rent + utilities

  • PROS: Really nice roommate (she's from my home state!), clean, huge closet, water view from room, month-to-month lease, own bathroom, dishwasher, on-site pool, outside balcony/sitting area, lots of cabinet space, parking, very social/fun complex (all people in their 20s/early 30s), she has lived there for 2 years
  • CONS: 3rd floor walkup; tandem parking & street parking can be a hassle; $100 "roommate change fee" (what?!), older appliances, coin-op laundry in complex, awkward kitchen setup (most cabinets are REALLY high & I'm very short), small unit, she is currently unemployed (but on unemployment and said she has no issues paying rent)
Apartment #2
2 bed/2 bath; 1200 sq ft; 11.2 miles to work; $830/month for rent + utilities.
  • PROS: Nice roommate, clean, HUGE open floorplan, own bathroom, DVR, extra storage cabinets, shared backyard with neighbors including BBQ, mini balcony, 1 garage spot & spot behind it, ceiling fans, quiet area, hangs out with neighbors a lot (board games/dinner parties), ample street parking
  • CONS: 2nd floor walkup, no dishwasher, coin-op laundry in complex, no A/C, bathroom has only 1 outlet near light above the mirror (weird!), has only lived there for 6 months, unsure on lease (it was supposed to be 6 months then going month-to-month but no response from landlord yet)
Update: I actually wrote this post two weeks ago but forgot to set it to publish! I never heard back from either place even though I told both of them I was very interested, boo. :( Nothing else has really come up yet so I'm thinking of venturing into different neighborhoods than where I was originally looking... even though I didn't really want to, I need to expand my horizons a bit!

4 comments: July 7, 2010 at 8:07 AM  
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Anonymous July 7, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

Is 11 miles to work a lot, or is there no traffic?

I think apartment hunting is so fun! The moving part is a lot of work though. Good luck with your continued hunt. I bet a lot of places will be popping up for an august 1 move in date

WellHeeledBlog July 7, 2010 at 8:40 PM  

11 miles in SD will probably take you around... 20 minutes? Or 30 minutes?

The way I approached apartment-hunting was to make a list of my Must-Haves and a list of nice to haves. I would suggest you get a designated parking spot (even if it's tandem parking), because parking is every day - if all you have are street parking (and the street gets busy), it can be ugly. I searched pretty hard for a 1-bedroom with 2 parking spots, and I would've put up with a quite bit for a place with enough parking.

MoneyMaus July 8, 2010 at 1:17 AM  

@SP - My commute would always be against traffic. I was just referencing the distance because my current commute is only 6 miles!

@WH - Yes, about 20 minutes, depending on how many lights I have to wait at! I like your approach. Parking can definitely be a premium in popular neighborhoods and I've dealt with it before, so a spot is on my must-have list! :)

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