So I know I said my next post was going to be a movie review…
Profuse apologies, but I just have other things I’d rather talk about. You’ll have to continue on, baited breath, and wait a little longer for my thoughts on the newest blockbuster.
My friend Kelly and I have been looking for a place for a while now. Originally, we were looking with another friend for a three-bedroom house or apartment, but after the other girl found a single-bedroom more to her liking, Kelly and I charged on, wading through the ridiculously impossible landscape that is the Ville housing problem.
See, here’s the deal. The Ville has numerous places to rent; apartments, houses, townhouses, etc. The problem is that all the apartment complexes were either way (way way way) out of our New Hire budgets, there were no rooms available, or the neighborhood required more security than you can shake a stick at. So we kept looking. We called apartment complexes once a week for a month trying to find an opening. We looked at houses. We talked about utilities and internet and did we really NEED two bedrooms? Or could we live with just the one?
Eventually, and toward the end of our search, we decided a couple of things: First, the kitchen was important. A kitchen is especially important if the rent your pay takes most of your budget and some very thoughtful grocery shopping trips; we wouldn’t have money to eat out. We would be cooking a lot. Second, two bedrooms was a must. We both have our own jobs and schedules, we both have a good deal of stuff collected over the years, and we both wanted our own floor space and wall space. Third, we couldn’t pay more than $500 for rent per month. Neither of use could afford much more than that, and honestly, in the Ville, anything over &500 would have been fancy dwellings indeed.
About two weeks ago, we were all but ready to give up. We hadn’t heard anything back from a couple places, we had been wait-listed one place, and none of the area houses were within our budget.
That was when I got a text from Kelly: “So I may have found us a house to rent…” Within a week, we had gone to look at it. We knew the owners and the people currently occupying the house. I was a bit dubious when I was first given the address–not exactly the most wonderful part of town, but not the worst–but when I was told rent, I was all in.
Kelly and I expect rent to be around $300 per person per month.
For a house.
What is this?? Affordable, cute, two-bedrooms, good landlord?? Things like this don’t happen!
After months and months (and months) of searching, I think we may have found our new home.
We haven’t done any paperwork yet, of course, but This is the best option we’ve seen in a long time. We’re excited to see how the renting process unfolds and even more excited to get our own place.
We plan on having movie nights, tea time, and game nights. It’s going to be great.