It’s mid March (seriously can’t believe I’m typing that) which means I’ve started packing up the apartment we’ve lived at for the last two years (see my living room decor & walk-in closet/office decor). While I am always nostalgic when it comes to leaving a place I’ve called home I won’t be sad to leave our dark, ant infested space. The past couple weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster. I find apartment hunting very stressful. The Seattle housing market feels very competitive, and while it’s all I’ve ever known it really has an affect on my anxiety levels. I can’t tell you how many places I’ve toured, fallen in love with and taken ten minutes to get my application material ready to apply for only for a leasing agent to tell me someone else snagged the place two minutes prior. Many charming period apartments with checkered floors and crown molding have slipped through my fingers.
As a huge HGTV fan (I know I’m not the only one obsessed with Property Brothers, Fixer Upper and House Hunters) I thought it would be fun to create a game surrounding our move. I’ll list three properties we toured (with faux pictures as the actual listings are no longer available) and it’s your job to guess which place we chose to call home.
Our wish list included:
- A central location close to freeway access for Jordan and downtown so I can walk to work.
- A community with parks, restaurants, and nightlife within walking distance.
- Loads of natural light-our current apartment is so dark we are sick of feeling like we live in someone’s parents’ basement.
- 2 bedrooms (or 1 bedroom with a den) so we can set up an at home office for Jordan.
- No ants, hehe! But seriously insects are a deal breaker.
- A bathtub, I bathe more than I shower and I can’t imagine not being able to unwind in a hot bath after a long day.
- Secure parking for two cars.
Option One: Capitol Hill Two Bedroom
+This apartment is in a vibrant community with superb walkability, we can walk to grocery stores, restaurants and bars, I can walk to work and Jordan is close to the freeway for daily commuting. This neighborhood is hip and lively, known for the busy nightlife and strong LGBT community the neighborhood is popular among young people (and close to one of the law schools I’m considering attending).
+Two bedrooms means extra closet space and room for an at home office for Jordan.
+The large kitchen has a separate pantry, and lots of cabinets and drawers. I love that we could store all of our little appliances in cabinets instead of allowing them to clutter the countertops as they do in our current place.
+A small balcony offers fresh air and outdoor living space. Since we already have an outdoor bistro table it would be the perfect spot for sipping coffee on the balcony on warm mornings.
-This mid 90s condo has little character or personality.
-The bathtub is so shallow it’s hardly conducive of the relaxing soaks I like to read in nightly.
-There isn’t parking available in the building and finding street parking is difficult (if not impossible).
Option Two: Lakeview Loft
+Floor to ceiling windows let in loads of natural light and a partial view of a nearby park. Our current gym, Jordan’s favorite sushi spot and cute shops are within walking distance. A running path and park are close by for our daily recreation.
+Although the apartment is a “one bedroom” the master closet is a walk-in so there’s a good amount of space for all of our clothes and shoes.
+Polished concrete floors and an exposed wood ceiling give this apartment touches of character and style. Though the modern feel isn’t my taste, Jordan loves it and I know touches of my whimsical-boho style would help blend our decor styles together.
+ With a gas fireplace, underground parking, a shared gym and a rooftop deck this option has lots of amenities that make it feel luxurious.
-This apartment only has one bedroom meaning we will have to use part of the main “living space” for Jordan’s office (aka we have to find a way to conceal his messy workspace).
-Near the lake this neighborhood is bustling several times a year (4th of July, NYE, etc). This means parking can be difficult and the road we live on will be closed for community activities.
-At the tippy top of our budget this apartment doesn’t leave tons of wiggle room for decorating (my favorite part of moving)
Option Three: Eastlake House
+ This house has lots of character from a clawfoot bathtub to a working fireplace and crown molding.
+ A small bedroom/den next to the master bedroom could serve as an at home office for Jordan.
+ In a safe and desirable neighborhood the location offers access to the city and lake although there weren’t many restaurants or stores within walking distance.
+With 1200 square feet this space is the largest of all the places we had to choose from. Plus as a stand alone house (instead of a condo/apartment) we don’t have to deal with noisy upstairs neighbors.
-This old house has a dingy feel to it though the owner swears its been deep cleaned. Even after Jordan and I do a thorough scrub down I don’t think it will ever feel as pristine as we would like.
-The kitchen is very dated with an awkward layout. Closed off from the main living area this home is not ideal for entertaining.
-Alley parking means a large risk of dings and dents on our cars.
Okay guys now it’s time for the fun part! Which housing option do you think we chose? Which would you have picked? Check back tomorrow and I’ll reveal which apartment we chose. I can’t wait until we move in and I can start sharing our decorating journey.