So... I'm in the middle of doing something slightly crazy.
When I went to see the condo-that-wasn't for the first time, there had been this other unit on the market for a while but had just gone off the market. It was the same exact model (I didn't know that then, but I do now), but it was much more updated. Problem was, it was difficult to tell that under the overwhelming, French Baroque decorating style. *shudder* If you could wade through that, you'd see the 12" sq. marble tile floor on the main floor, the redone bathrooms, the gorgeous kitchen with all new appliances. And the price tag: $5K over the list price for the condo-that-wasn't.
Now, mind you - the one that was supposed to have been mine by now was wildly overpriced. It was in seriously rough shape (what with the 25 year old appliances and the 15 year old hot water heater, and non-functional fireplace, and the stove exhaust that didn't vent, and the faulty amateur-installed electrical), especially in comparison to how this other unit looks even just looking at the pictures. But I fought a long, hard battle to get that unit, anyway (even though I was bidding for it at $12K less than list). I won, and then I lost, and I was devastated, and I told my landlord I'd re-up my lease.
This other unit just came back on the market. And the updated pictures show a compare/contrast between the Rococo style it had, and its blissfully empty, clean, current state.
I'm going to see it today.
This may be a massive mistake. I mean, I've already signed the new lease. Now, it doesn't officially START until 9/15; it's POSSIBLE that I'll be able to get her to shred it. But I haven't packed, or anything. This is going to be INSANE, if I go for it. I mean, we're talking serious insanity to get everything done in time.
But I'd have to be crazy not to go see it. Other than a few niggling details (hideous, hideous carpet upstairs, ugly paint in the half bath, electric baseboard heating, a couple of other details, most of which are readily dealt with), it has all the things I liked about the other unit - garage, den for jewelry workspace, washer/dryer in the unit, 1.5 baths, dining room - and it's SO FREAKING NICE! The kitchen is GORGEOUS, with this amazing built-in set of cabinetry that massively improves the storage issue the other had. Plus all-new kitchen appliances, including a double-door fridge with an ice/water dispenser in the door, and an over-the-range microwave, and a flat-panel stove! They converted the old bathtub in the full bath (which is located inside the bedroom, and no one but me ever needs to see it, and I don't have to keep it really clean for guests) into a large shower stall, and it looks (from what I can see in the pics) like they added in a small linen closet in the space on the end. I never take baths, and I'd rather have the storage! The vanity in the half bath is GORGEOUS. Needs a new mirror (the old one was awful, and they took it with them - bonus!), but that's an easy Ikea acquisition. The view isn't as stellar as the view from the other unit, but... well, what the heck ever - the amount of money it would have cost me to get that place looking as nice as this one already makes it worth it.
So... yeah. Going to see it today. Wish me luck, both in discovering it really is wonderfully marvelous, and getting my landlord to let me out of the new lease, and, if it becomes relevant, packing up my entire life in, like, 3 weeks. AACK!