The other day my friend Karissa got a FB message that a friend of hers was looking to find a good tenant to rent from her cousin. What struck a chord with Karissa, and why she told me about it, was the price of rent: $975. Currently I pay $1250 for rent (it’s actually $1400, but I rent my garage for $150).
Excited about the possibility of paying less rent, I went to check out the place today. I was less than excited. Aside from the price, the best feature about this place is it has a washer/dryer in the unit. Currently I have to go to the laundromat, which is about 4 blocks away (I have to drive because my laundry is too heavy).
The major downsides are the fact that in the middle of the living room are huge closet doors. It must have been a bedroom at some point when the duplex was a stand alone house. Aside from that, the living room is probably the best feature with laminate floors and some nice built-in shelves.
The kitchen was TINY! That means I would have to set up my office in the living room. It was also laid out very funky. You’ll see in the picture the fridge sticks out, and the kitchen table is shoved back into a corner.
The bedroom is also TINY. I mean super tiny. My queen size bed would have to be shoved up against a wall to fit. The bathroom was fine…rather unremarkable.
There is a tiny separate room for the w/d, with some shelves. There is also a fairly nice shared porch. From what I understand a woman in her 50’s lives in the duplex next door, and she sounds a bit uptight about who lives next door to her.
Both my current apartment and this apartment are in different cities, but both are about 1/2 mile to the beach. The plus side of this place is it’s only a 1.5 mile bike ride to the spot where I play beach volleyball, where my current apartment is about 5 miles.
I should also mention that this apartment is located on a fairly busy street, right across the street from a high school. Mine is currently on a really quiet street.
The obvious good features are the rent and w/d, but if money wasn’t an object, would I move from my current place? No.
Even though my apartment (you can see pics here before I moved in…but of course it’s way better now and has a finished backyard) isn’t spectacular, I’m very comfortable in it, and I adore my street and neighborhood. And it feels way more spacious and laid out much better.
So money is the big question. Am I feeling the desperate pinch to move? No, not right now. Have I before? Yes, at times I have. Believe it or not this apartment could easily rent for $1400 in this area. And of course there is always the argument that I could use that $275 for retirement, a vacation, or god knows at this point in time, a car.
But I can also look at it another way: $275 is a couple sponsored blog posts a month? How hard can that be?
If you haven’t guessed already my heart is with my current apartment, but I’m curious to see what you think. What would you do?