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13 November 2006 @ 04:37 am
Thoughts about apartments  
What i like and don't like in an apartment:

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Intrinsic:

*I like more modern looking apartments.
*I like places that are in good repair and fairly clean, _especially_ the bathroom.
*I don't like interior corridors. I'm not sure why, maybe it's just cause _usually_ they seem to be cramped and poorly lit and dingy and make the place feel like a hotel.
*Speaking of which, i don't like it when the doors to two different apartments are right next to each other on the same wall, that hotel feeling again. It's okay to have two doors next to each other if they're on opposing sides of a corner, that doesn't have the same feeling of being right next to each other.
*I like apartments that consist of at least a couple separate buildings with paths running between them rather than a single monolithic building.
*Similarly i don't like really tall apartments. Two stories is fine, three might be okay, anything taller than that seems weird.
*The having a stream run through the apartment things i kinda cool, though not really necessary.
*Easy access to a freeway is great. So far i haven't lived in an apartment that's been more than two blocks (largish blocks anyways) from a freeway.
*Having a mall nearby is great.
*Having someplace open and nice to hang out and read or whatever is great too. (My current apartment happens to have this and the mall thing combined in one. It's one of those open air malls and they've got a moderately large courtyard in the middle with a miniature amphitheater in the center (miniature as in about four or five rows of benches) Good for hanging out at and reading on the weekend if i get too depressed about being alone in the apartment all by myself.
*Having convenient fast food (especially in-n-out and del taco) is good (well, except for my wallet and my diet =)
*I reallllly like having my own washer and dryer. Soooo convenient.
*Having a pool and/or hot tub is nice in theory, but i haven't ever used the pool or hot tub here. Only used them at old apartments a couple times.
*Having a decent place to go rollerblading nearby is good.
*I like having fairly large windows. Little tiny windows seem depressing or something. The windows should also have fairly wide sills, ideal for a cat to sit upon :) (assuming of course that the window in question isn't actually a door out to a balcony or patio or whatever, in which case the question is moot.)
*And of course, the place has to allow cats.

Unless of course i'm willing to work up the courage to smuggle my cat in against the mandate of the apartment complex. I think rules against cats are pretty silly, but i'd be kinda nervous about trying that since the consequences if i was caught would be rather unpleasant.

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Extrinsic:

I like...
*People around to go to have dinner with
*People around to go to movies or watch tv with
*People to sit around and read or play video games with
*People around when i go to bed and people around when i wake up

The last one can really only be accomplished by having roommates, alas


Yes, i'm picky. And i realize that most of the things i like are most likely to be found in an apartment in the suburbs or in a really expensive place, or both. It doesn't seem too likely that i'll find what i want in the price range i want in the location i want.
 
 
 
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DonAithnendonaithnen on November 13th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Unless...
Yeah, i was trying to do the roommate thing first, but couldn't find anyone i knew who wanted a roommate.
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Chaos Never Blinkssithjawa on November 13th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you want to live in Brighton Park. :P

I'm finding CA finances really weird right now. You (probably) make more than twice what most non-CS-type people make, and you have no family to support, and you can't afford a nice apartment. And I've heard others say the same. I know that most people don't necessarily go for a *nice* apartment, but still.
DonAithnendonaithnen on November 13th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Well i'd be quite happy with where i am now if i could just afford it. While i had a roommate to split the expense with it was awesome.
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DonAithnendonaithnen on November 13th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
Well i didn't advertise on craigslist or anything, but i told all my friends and posted on LJ that i was looking for a new roommate about a month or two before my old roommate moved out and the lease expired. Since no one volunteered i let the lease expire and am doing it month to month now, which means even if i found a roommate now i'd still probably want to move unless i could convince the apartment manager to renegotiate some favorable terms.
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cwendy41cwendy41 on November 14th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
There are some *really* kooky people out there, like ones that live there for a month and then one they they take off and you don't get their rent check or anything. Or people who trash the place and take off. Or people who take your stuff and take off. Etc. While this is a good idea, please please scrutinize the people who respond to your ad, if you post one up on craigslist. The place you're currently living at is really really nice.

It might also help when you're showing the place, to have a friend or two over, to show people that you aren't an odd person but that you're sociable and have friends. Also, the friends can help you decide on if the person seems like a good roommate or not in terms of personality.

Let me know if you go this route. I can help. Daina just went through this process a few months ago and again last week. She probably has tips on how to weed through the weirdos on craigslist.