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Saturday, October 13, 2012

It seems hard to believe, but I've been at my new job for six months. For the most part, it's going okay. I'm finding that I enjoy the management aspect, though it does have it's downside. But, that's part of working and life.

The decision though has to do with my apartment. There are things that I like and things that I don't. For the most part, the space is okay. I'm very used to living in a smaller space and kind of like it. However, I'm not liking the carpet or the split floor plan. The fridge has it own set of issues. Top of the list, though, is the noise. This is probably the most poorly constructed place I have ever lived. It's not horrible, horrible, but still. I hear people talking in the unit next door, the dog running upstairs, water hitting tubs (not just the water in the pipes), and the freight trains rattle the building. Actually, I'm okay with the trains, but they run all the time and the big ones sound and feel like that are about to come through the house. Being on the second floor in a poorly built building means that I can't do the workouts I want to, because it just pounds. Seriously. I know this because of what I hear above me.

So, about six weeks ago, I started looking again. All of the apartments I looked at just made me realize that this is still better suited for me. There was one brand new that I liked, but it was more rent and I just couldn't see that. There are fees that get added on around here that amaze me. My favorite is $8 month for trash or as I look upon it, $8 a month for the privilege of walking my trash to the dumpster.

Then I saw a posting for a new townhouse in one of the smaller towns around where I live. Bigger and less money. I went to look at it last weekend and yesterday. I almost didn't go. I didn't want to like it. Didn't think I wanted a two story and what single person needs three bedrooms. Alas, I liked it. I've not totally committed (though I'll do paperwork this weekend) because it's different than what I've lived in for the past four and half years. The two smaller bedrooms are really small. Which is fine with me. The kitchen is not open to the living area, but I think I could adjust. I would have to supply the refrigerator, but after spending almost five years with a really basic fridge and now one that randomly freezes items (doesn't matter where the item is, everything is fair game), I'm kind okay with that.

Still, I have some doubts about two much space, but less rent and a great workout space are appealing. If I do this, I'll make the big move over Thanksgiving as it's not quite done yet. The picture below is the living room view from the kitchen/dining room(which I like because I put a desk/work area in there and I would like that).
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    Personally I'd love to have 3 bedrooms. I'd have my bedroom, a room for my computer and stuff, then a guest room. No more people sleeping on the couch, when they visit. Plus it's less rent and sounds like a better deal than where you currently live. I've had that where you can hear eveyrthing in your apt and then you wonder "what do they hear from me." It sounds like you've made the decision and I'd say, go for it. As for $8 to put trash in the dumpster, oh my. That's just bad.
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    2043 days ago
    I'm always amazed when you have "more space" you don't think you need, how creative and freeing you can find that more space to be! I also agree that before committing, go by during different times of day/different days of week to make sure that the neighborhood is what you are looking for as well. Best of luck with the decision!
    2043 days ago
    Sounds like a deal! I lived in a 3 bedroom house by myself for 15 years...and when I bought it I thought I'd never need that much space, but it filled up! It was nice too, my dad lived with me for a while, and I had room for visitors, etc.

    You may want to at least check it out at different times of day (and on the weekend) just to make sure it's still looking good then (noise-wise and all)
    2044 days ago
    It sounds great! I agree with the others, as long as it's a safe neighborhood. The extra bedrooms that are small, will be great for an office, craft room, guest BR. All that and less $$ sounds ideal.

    2044 days ago
    Hi there. You have been so unhappy at your current place and I believe some people can never get used to constant noise (I am living proof). If the new place is much more peaceful, then I say go for it. Maybe the realtor would let you spend the night to check?

    Watch Horders and that will cure you of growing your possessions to fillup available space. Everyone could use 3 bedrooms so that the spares accommodate guests. Maybe one of the smaller bedrooms can become your private gym or yoga centre.

    The one thing I disliked about my tiny one-level 2-brm rented apt was that I could always smell the lingering odor of cooking (both mine and the neighbours), even in the bedrooms. So I stopped cooking. Maybe your second level will give you an escape.

    Yes, yes, yes to being the first one to use it's newness.

    Good Luck!
    Scootergirl in Oz
    2045 days ago
    I wouldn't worry about the too much space. I'm going to second what CARRIEANNE1027 as she sums up how I feel. Best of luck figuring this out!!

    2045 days ago
    Sounds like a nice place to live and you would be the first to live there how fun kep us up to date in what you do and pictures if you move in
    2045 days ago
    Sounds like a great place! I'd jump on it as long as it's in a safe neighborhood...
    2045 days ago
  • SUZANNE0606
    Wow, this place sounds great!! Just to have a place to workout without disturbing neighbors sounds so ideal for you. Why do you have doubts?
    2045 days ago
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