Moving is just exhausting, I know I sound like a broken record by now but, sorry not sorry, welcome to my life for the next 10ish days. Packing up and moving a tiny studio apartment has been more work than you would imagine. It’s like a clown car or something, Jeff, Boo and I have somehow managed to stuff an ungodly amount of stuff into all the closets and drawers, every nook and cranny is full. I’m starting to worry we might be hoarders (Boo mainly, of course).
In the spirit of moving I thought I would play a fun little “House Hunters” inspired game before revealing my new apartment. I’ve been inspired by the cheesy reality show (it’s been my guilty pleasure through this moving process), and I thought it would be fun to create my own apartment hunting version.
Here are some of the things we wanted in an apartment:
1) Lots of Closet Space
2) 2 bedrooms, we don’t care how many bathrooms
3) Washer and Dryer in unit
4) Close to School/Work and a grocery store
Okay, now for the fun part…the candidates! Sorry the pictures are all awful, I took all the pictures from the ads just so I wouldn’t give away which one we are moving to.
Apartment #1: Charming Town home
The first “apartment” is actually more of a town home. It is 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and is 1200 sq. ft. It is INCREDIBLY charming, I’m talking crown molding, real wood floors, a fireplace, walk in pantry, separate dining room and a small study attached to the master bedroom (which would be GREAT for converting into one giant walk in closet…pinterest style). It has a shared washer and dryer (with the unit below it, so not too bad) and off street parking (which is included with the rent). What I love about this town home is all of the personality, and of course the extra space. It is in a central Seattle location (close to school and work) however it isn’t very “walkable”. The closest walkable amenities are a gas station…and the zoo. While I do love the zoo, Jeff and I would like to be able to walk to get groceries and possibly even to some restaurants and shops. This town home is a pretty good price for the amount of space, included parking and location. My final concern is that utilities may be more expensive because it is an older place.
Apartment #2: Safe Location & Lots of Amenities
The second apartment is a very low price, when Jeff and I first discovered it we were ecstatic. Not only was the rent way below the price we pay now but it is a bigger space. Parking isn’t included but is 1/3 of the price per month we now pay. It is two bedrooms and two bathrooms, 925 sq. ft, small but with lots of closet space, although the kitchen is pretty dated. What we don’t love is that it is surrounded by a lot of other apartment buildings…welcome to apartment land . BUT the neighborhood is one of the safest in Seattle and there are lots of parks nearby which is great for running and of course for Boo. Another downside is the apartment doesn’t have a washer and dryer and in fact the laundry room is shared with the entire building, however I’ve lived in a dorm and a sorority so I’m sure I could get used to shared laundry again. On the other hand, the complex has a hot tub, gym, sauna and even a free dvd rental library. I love the idea of a gym included in my rent.
Apartment #3: An Updated and Centrally Located Apartment
Our third choice is a 965 sq. ft. two bedroom, two bathroom apartment above a grocery store and a Starbucks (obviously a major perk for this addict). It is within walking distance of my school and about a five minute drive from work. The inside of the apartment is very updated and has lots of natural light. The apartment has its own full size washer and dryer and even a laundry room with lots of storage space. The second bedroom has two huge closets which is important when trying to find a roommate. The apartment is surrounded by restaurants, bars and shops. One of the downsides is that the apartment isn’t close to many parks, which is important with a dog. Furthermore, parking is even more expensive than what I pay now (an already ABSURD price) and it could be noisy living above a grocery store and so many shops. This apartment is near the top of our budget, however, with a roommate, it is still less per month than we pay now.
Thanks for playing along with my little game! Apartment hunting has been a much crazier adventure this year than it was last year but I know it will be worth it in the long run. Jeff and I are both really looking forward to our decision. Which apartment do you think we picked?! Or better yet, which would you pick? I’d love to hear your responses, I’ll reveal (with MANY MORE pictures) as soon as we move!