Apartment No. 12 (I think)

The more apartments I see, the pickier I get – and probably not in a good way. Now that I know I have until Aug. 1 instead of July 1, I guess I just want to make sure I get the BEST apartment in my budget and time frame. And this one isn’t it – but I can’t really pinpoint why.

It’s a 1 bed/1bath with a good amount of space (Separate dining room is a plus given the kitchen is hideous. You can’t tell in these pics, but fridge is green…). It’s on the second floor and the apartment takes up that entire floor, so you don’t have to share walls with anybody and you get great natural light. The location is even pretty great – just off Addison in North Center/West Lakeview.

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What do you think? Should I keep it in the running? I have to admit: I’m getting tired of looking!

Back at it

Sorry I went M.I.A. last week – I was a bit distraught after losing that amazing apartment, so I spent the last week pouting and drinking. Healthy, right? Well, the drinking didn’t have so much to do with my lack-of-apartment as much as the Crosstown Classic! (My problems can’t be as bad as the Cubbies, right? Right.)

Anywho, some good news to come out as of late is that I can stay in my current place until Aug. 1. Granted, I’d like to get out asap, but if push comes to shove and all the July 1 apartments are crap, I can take my chances and hope for something better Aug. 1. Speaking of pushing, turns out my landlady is preggers! No wonder she’s been so crabby. My worst nightmare could very well come true should she go into labor, and I’m the only one home… MUST. GET. OUT.

Apartment No. 10: HEARTBREAK

I found the apartment of my dreams Saturday. And lost it in a matter of hours…

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PROS
Separate dining room
Huge living space
Good closets
Patio space
Central heat
Supplied window units
Roscoe Village location
Privately owned
Nice landlord
Maintenance guy lives in building
Elevated first floor unit

CONS
Whoever it is that snatched it up!!!

Apartment No. 9: Almost

Seems like every other place I see is a real dud, so that’s why I keep skipping numbers. I can’t believe we’re at nine already…

I had reallllly high hopes for this place, mainly because it would mean I could stay in Roscoe Village. The renovated kitchen was a nice touch, too.

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But alas, I visit and see the problem: tiny bedroom. It’s probably the same size as mine now – or maybe even a little smaller. Unbearable. And living right on Ashland would be loud. The final nail in the coffin? June 1 lease.

And it’s on to the next one…

Apartment No. 7: Great location, mediocre apartment

Apartment No. 6 was snatched up before I could even get in front of a computer (and it wasn’t even that great!), so I’ll skip that one and move No. 7.

First of all, I called Friday to set up this appointment for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and the lady called to confirm on Sunday. Then she calls me at 5:55 p.m. asking when I thought I’d be there… I told her I’d be there at 6 p.m. So I show up at 5:59 p.m., and she’s nowhere to be found. I call her; she doesn’t answer. I wait 10 minutes and call her again. Nothing. I’m getting ready to leave, and she shows up at 6:20 p.m. Really? REALLY? Your trying to sell me something here; don’t piss me off before I even see it.

So things didn’t start off on the best foot. And actually things didn’t get a whole lot better until I started walking home and realized the location would be fantastic! It’s close to the Damen/Irving Park/Lincoln intersection, so plenty of buses to take me to really any part of the city I’d want to go to (and some places I wouldn’t). And it’s only three blocks from the Irving Park brown line. But does location trump a so-so apartment?

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PROS
Great location, only three blocks from the train, near convenient buses
Heat included, though radiator heat
Good amount of space (hard to tell with all this guy’s stuff!)
Free storage locker in the basement

CONS
Apartment complex, 16 units
No AC, can install window units
No outdoor space
Two washers, two dryers for entire building
Old-ish bathroom

Meh. I’ll keep it in mind but keep looking.

Apartment No. 5: Granite?!

I managed to fit in a couple apartment visits right before I left for the Derby – and I may have actually found a prospect! Maybe.

The place I like is in Ravenswood, near Wilson and Paulina. Paulina has some great houses on it, but this apartment is in a complex. First con. But the real pro is that the apartment will be renovated, and I’ll be the first to live in it. The current tenant is moving out June 1, and it’d be ready for me to move in July 1. These pics are of a unit they’ve already redone, but apparently it has the exact same layout as the one I’d move into:

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PROS
Renovated kitchen and bath
Good location in terms of getting to work and friends via public transit
Short bus ride to Montrose beach!
Heat included
First floor

CONS
Apartment complex
.5 miles from the train (I know, I’m a baby)
No grocery within walking distance
No outdoor space/balcony
Need to buy AC window unit(s)
Coin-operated laundry (pretty much a given, but I’ll add it here anyway)

Ha, it’s funny – when I started writing this post, I was feeling optimistic about this place; now, I’m just feeling so-so. What do you think?

Weekend Rewind: Derby Day

I attended my first Run for the Roses this weekend! It was very exciting; I felt like I was embracing my Louisville roots. And I even bet on the winning horse! Unfortunately, I only bet $5 on I’ll Have Another to place, but I cashed in for $45, so it felt pretty great for my first gambling experience – and covered my mint juleps.

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In the end though, I have mixed emotions about the Derby. I think next time I’d want to pony up (no pun intended) the extra cash to sit in the grandstand – and it’s quite a bit more. But I want to actually see the horses! I can drink in a field for free here.