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Apartment Achieved.

12 January 2013

I spent two and a half days in ECC, looking for an apartment and doing the administrative things I need to do to be brought on board at PECMC. I was fingerprinted, etc. My background check requests were sent to the various state and federal agencies that they need to be sent to. And then I just walked and walked and walked and walked around ECC looking for a place to live.

In the end, I chose a place right in the middle of downtown, on the eleventh floor of a building about 1.3 miles from work. I’ll be selling my car rather than pay som $300/mo to park it, just to have it. I’ll be in such a different world there. All the restaurants and shops are walking distance from where I’ll be living. Or at least, enough of them that I’ll not want for things to do. There are museums and other things to do close by as well. And I’m going to embrace city living.

I’ve never lived inside a real city before. I’ve never lived in a big apartment building that wasn’t a dorm. But my new place is gorgeous. My bills will be substantially smaller than they are where I am now, because I’ll have a much smaller space to heat and cool. My apartment is just about 815 sqft. It’s divided into a small hallway, a bedroom (no windows), a bathroom, and a greatroom. The greatroom has a kitchenette in the corner, but as you can see, it has all the important attributes.

kitchen

But the real selling point is the view. It’s got stellar floor-to-ceiling windows, including a corner. It’s going to make owning a parrot a little dicey, and it’s going to be a bit troublesome to find places for all my art. But my excellent @artologica piece will be just next to the fridge. Just like home.

view

And I only have to live here a year. If I hate it, I can move. In fact, even if I love it, I’ll probably move. Because I want to own rather than rent in the long run, and this place isn’t for sale. But I think I can be quite happy here for the time being. With no car and a wonderful new job.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Mona permalink
    12 January 2013 15:13

    Holy Jebus! It’s GORGEOUS! Congrats, looks like all the walking paid off! 🙂

  2. 12 January 2013 15:31

    I think you are going to love downtown carless living. I know I do!

  3. Nancy permalink
    12 January 2013 15:45

    Spectacular. Not just the apartment, the whole gosh-darned thing!

  4. Aimee permalink
    13 January 2013 09:57

    Congratulations! But a bedroom with no windows? I couldn’t do that.

    • 14 January 2013 18:21

      The bedroom has huge french doors, so I’ll just sleep with them open. Presto. Light.

  5. 13 January 2013 16:06

    Looks like a great little place. Must be a relief to have it sorted!

  6. 13 January 2013 22:49

    Sounds good. I’m glad that you found a place that you like.

  7. 14 January 2013 10:03

    Cool looking pad man… just dropped into the 70s there for a moment I think… sorry.

  8. Penelope permalink
    16 January 2013 11:05

    I would make the bedroom a dressing room and sleep on a Murphy bed in the great room. No windows, no way.

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