Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Apartment Shopping

I have always longed to have a place to call my own.  A home that is mine and that I am responsible for.  Little did I know this wonderful dream of mine would have a long stressful road in front of it.

Once I made the decision to move back to my hometown and go to school here I started looking for apartments.  The hard part with that was I had no clue what my price range was or where everything was really located.  

And now that I do have those answers?  Even more stressed.  Everything I have liked is out of my price range.  And everything in my price range is not in the area I want to live.  And the few places that fit both area and price are not always the best.

The past two days I have look at four different apartments.  And get excited because I am going to share it all with you...the good, the bad, and the very very ugly.  

Apartment #1
This duplex was the very first place I saw.  It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is about 1000 square feet.  When I walked in I loved the living area and kitchen.  It was exactly what I wanted.  But when I saw the bedrooms I got very discouraged.  I have really bulky bedroom furniture and the rooms were way too small for it.  Also I would really prefer not to have carpet.  The location was good and I really liked the kitchen, but I was super bummed about the bedrooms.

Apartment #2

This place is located right down the road from the school I am going to and according to the owner my neighbors would be other students as well.  That being said the street did not make me feel very safe, which is very important to me.  Inside the bedrooms were much bigger than the first apartment, which was great to see.  The kitchen was huge but it lacked the dishwasher I really wanted.  Over all though I just had this feeling this was not the place for me and needed to move on.

Apartment #3
I had heard really great things about this place.  It is located downtown and was suppose to be the place every young person wanted to be.  Two people told me the apartments were big and really cute.  I think they need to have their eyes checked.  First off heat and air are in a wall unit.  Then the walls looks like they had damage.  Oh and the get to it from the bedroom.  And that bedroom could hardly hold a twin sized bed.  And the kitchen is probably smaller than your bathroom.  Honestly I could not get out of there fast enough.  

Apartment #4
This complex was one of the first ones I ever looked at even before I knew my price range.  Unfortunately it is a little bit more than I would like to pay.  But when I tell you it won me over I am not lying.  The moment when got there I felt safe.  It is gated and for a single young girl this made a difference.  The space was just the right size.  Came with washer and dryer in unit, a dishwasher, a patio, and the largest walk in closet I have ever seen.  Hopefully I will somehow be able to make this place work.

I never knew this journey would be as stressful as it is.  But I am so thankful to have parents who support me and are willing and able to help me out.  If apartment number 4 is not the place for me, I know God will provide the right one!



Lauren @ The Albrechts Blog said...

Gosh, Mosby! I feel you with apartment hunting struggles--that is so hard! Praying you'll find a place you feel safe that works in the budget! This was a fun post... I almost feel like I got to go hunting with you! :)

Heather said...

Ugh, this is the stage I am in right now too. Finding a place to live sucks. I wish I would've known how expensive it was to love where I am going to school. I may have choosen somewhere else to go had I known it was so expensive. Darn growing up :(

Miss Riss said...

Oooh #4 looks fancy! I hope it works out for you! If not, keep chuggin' away!!

Amy said...

AH yes shopping for a place to live can be so stressful! I have faith that God will absolutely lead you to the perfect place. To be honest, I don't exactly "love" the place I'm in now. BUT I know without a doubt that God brought me here for a purpose, and I have learned soooo much since I moved in in March :)

Good luck shopping love!

Olivia said...

The last place looks so nice! I too am trying to find an apartment and it is SO hard! Especially, just like you, being single and needing somewhere safe. Best of luck! xx