We’re looking for a new apartment. Did you know that it’s really hard to find a place that has everything you require and fits your budget? It is almost impossible!

I’ve looked at two places that seemed like good fits.

The first place was wonderfully spacious, had a nice little kitchen with room for a table, and… the bedrooms were totally unsuitable. It was really a two bedroom, being advertised as a three bedroom because there was a tiny little alcove of a room off the living room that could maybe be used as a bedroom. You know, if you don’t mind accordion-style doors. And really, the room would have been fine for the children (we’d put them to bed in our room and transfer them when we were done in the living room) but the master bedroom, which had the only bathtub, was too small for a queen sized bed and the second bedroom was huge and that is backwards. But oh, man. It had a laundry room.

The second place was just yesterday, and I am still feeling a little raw because I kind of loved it. But it was just too small, and there was no on-premise laundry at all. The bedrooms were perfect–the master was big enough, the children’s room was right next to it, and my sister’s room was bright and spacious and off the living room but with a real door. The closets were huge. The kitchen was tiny but open and I think would have been totally doable. But the living room was so small that I literally do not think we could have brought any bookshelves and I am not really sure about the television. Yeah. But the landlady was a lovely woman who adored Sam and Grace and lives downstairs, and the neighborhood was mostly families and so convenient to Will’s commute. Like, it would be cut in half. Sigh.

If we could afford more rent, our options would be plentiful. Our friends Dan and Chia are moving and offered to rent us their house (house!) but their asking price was $500 more than we can possibly manage, and it’s not like they were asking a lot. We just don’t make enough money, and what we do make is going to frivolous things like speech therapy and groceries. Not to mention that the Vespa is in the shop and looks like it will be very expensive, and the car needs to go into the shop and will probably also be very expensive.

So I am feeling discouraged and sorry for myself.

7 thoughts on “Hunting

  1. Laurie Ann

    May 7, 2011 at 10:52am

    I feel your pain. I have the worst time apartment hunting, but don’t give up hope. I found my apartment, which despite the Frau and all the maintenance issues, is a great apartment, five days before I had to move. Fingers crossed for you!

  2. B

    May 7, 2011 at 11:05am

    Finding your next new home is always equal parts exciting and exhausting. Hang in there…the right place will show itself when you least expect it. When we were looking last year, we had absolutely no inkling we would end up where we are, in the type of house we ended up with and looking at it now, it’s amazing because it is better than what we thought we initially wanted. And this wasn’t the first house we bid on either and it’s oodles better than the one we thought we wanted but got turned down. Oodles. I am so glad they rejected our bid and made us make a last ditch effort to hunt elsewhere or we never would have ended up here where we are most definitely at home.

  3. Ewokmama

    May 7, 2011 at 11:58am

    Hang in there! It is tough, especially in your area, I’m sure. I’ve looked around here several times in the last couple of years and can never find something that is clearly better than where we are now and affordable…our rent is so low here that it keeps us here! Oy.

  4. Amy

    May 7, 2011 at 12:49pm

    This is like watching House Hunters in real time.

    … I’m sorry.

  5. Katherine

    May 7, 2011 at 4:57pm

    I wish I was a billionaire and could be your benefactor (and that I could also be thin and had more wishes). Amen.

  6. georgia

    May 9, 2011 at 10:50pm

    ugh, one of my least favorite things ever. i’m sorry.

  7. Jess

    May 16, 2011 at 12:03pm

    I’m sorry. We’re apartment hunting as well, and I am about ready to give up in frustration and stay where we are. I mean, it’s pretty nice in many ways. But then I remember how much it cost to heat last winter, and how cold we still were… yeah.

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