Apartment shopping is fun. Mostly.
As I’ve said before, I’ve lived in numerous apartments and have moved more times than I can count. Since I’m hoping to stay put for a little while, and I have a tiny bit more cheddah to spend on rent this time around, I’ve been looking for a condo or townhouse that feels a little more homey than your typical apartment.
Well, a few weeks ago, I found a great condo—super cute, new carpet, fresh paint, modern fixtures. I got all excited about it and then realized it was tiny. Could I live there? Sure. But not comfortably for an extended period of time.
Back to the drawing board.
I hunted around and came up with a few more possibilities within my budget, so I dragged my family along with me to go see them on Saturday. We saw a small house, a townhouse, and a condo.
Of the 3, we all agreed the condo was by far the best option, so I spoke to the owner and I’m pretty much set to move in if I want! Exciting, right?
But then yesterday, my mom and I went back to give it a second look. The owner said I could paint, so I wanted to look at the rooms again so I could get some ideas.
I realized it had some 80s touches when I saw it the first time. Some “quirks” if you will that were less than ideal. But seeing it again yesterday?
Hmmmm . . .
Let’s take a tour, shall we?
We’ll start in the kitchen.
Assuming the floor underneath isn’t destroyed (which it very well may be), this is nice. But then there’s this island with, well . . .
Most of the main floor has white marble tile throughout, and there are a few that are decidedly icky. Not a big deal, but they do need to be replaced. But then there’s this.
Obviously, the place is torn apart right now, but let’s focus on the chandelier for a moment. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but this thing is just stuck up there in no man’s land. It’s not centered on anything or in a place where you might want a table. It’s just . . . awkward. Like a kid in the lunchroom with no where to sit.
Then there’s this.
I realize it’s a rental, but this is really taste-specific. I mean, WOW.
We also have a closet being marketed as a den . . .
Too tiny to really be functional, but kind of fun and whimsical. Unfortunately, this is across the hall.
But with a little neutral paint, it could be a nice bedroom. Plus, look at all of this light!
I really love that. And with the long, gray winter months ahead, I need all the natural light I can get! And I love the privacy on the back deck, too.
It also has a basement with a huge mirrored wall—aerobics class, anyone?
But this is by far my favorite part.
I totally need a leotard and legwarmers to workout in this room. And that ancient looking thing masquerading as a treadmill? I think it may be the original treadmill—like from Biblical times. It’s called a “Trotter,” and I don’t think I can run on it for fear of breaking the old lady!
On the other hand, I could make a mean workout video in there!
There was also some hideous 1980s carpet that I discovered when I lifted up some of the cardboard. Think swirly, splashy, purple, fuchsia, and turquoise. But really really worn down.
So, I sent them a list of fixes that I would want before I move in. They weren’t super responsive to my requests, but I figure I’ll let them fix it up and at least get it into move-in condition and then I can decide. Who knows what else I might find underneath that cardboard!!!
But do you see the potential? I think it could be really cute. I know it’s just a rental, but I want it to be liveable. Am I being too picky?
How picky are you when it comes to renting?