I’ve been meaning to get this post up, so I hope you’re all ready to take a little inside peek of our apartment!
If you’re a new reader here, I just recently moved from NY to NC as my boyfriend received a job promotion and transfer. We were really looking forward to paying less for just about everything, and were excited to make this move as we’re opening a new chapter in our lives.
I am fanatical about doing research. This is not an exaggeration; R would be willing to tell you how long it takes for me to reach decisions =). I spent many days before the move, and after the move (in the hotel), figuring out what area would be best for us to live in.
Since most leasing offices closed around 6, R had to leave his job during the day to go look at apartments. Thankfully they’re really lax there, but we only had about an hour or so each day. That wasn’t going to fly.
That’s why when the special on this apartment came up, we took it. Against my “omgIcantcommittothisrightaway” mindset, we went for it on the spot. It filled me with both anxiety and excitement!
So what made me pull the trigger when I otherwise normally wouldn’t? The special was too good to pass up. The complex was having a great sale, and I can tell you with certainty we would not have looked here otherwise, as their prices are a bit high.
Our layout normally goes from $1,200-$1,300. We have a two bed/two bath setup. Yikes! We were paying $1,250 at our last place, so while we were getting much more bang for our buck, we wanted to decrease our housing costs, not increase them.
They were offering $899 base rent, plus a package that included water, cable, trash pick-up, internet and pest control for an additional $83. So all in all, we pay $982 a month for this awesome place. Electric is the only utility we are responsible for.
We basically estimated around $1,050 for costs all together when we started looking, and we are happy with what we got. R is making a decent amount more, and considering gas prices and car insurance is lower, we are still saving.
Is this truly my ideal apartment?
Some of you might remember that I posted what my ideal apartment would look like. For fun, let’s take a look back and see how close this apartment comes to ticking off all the boxes.
- Dishwasher – check! Although it doesn’t leave things as sparkling clean as I would like.
- Washer/Dryer – check! The unit is in a closet across from our bedroom. It’s quite noisy but it gets the job done.
- Big kitchen – check! Our kitchen counter spans the entire wall, and then we have an island, so we have all the counter space we need and then some. We also have a few cabinets that aren’t being used.
- Pantry – check! It’s on the small side, but it is enough to leave us with those unused cabinets in case we need them.
- Two beds/two baths – check and check! Our guest room barely has anything in it, and my intention is to use it as an office or as a little craft room. R can get painting done in there. Our cats seem to like it, too.
- Proximity to R’s job – check! There is a main interstate he could have used to get to his job, but it is awfully congested. Our apartment is situated on the perfect back road that gets in there in 15 minutes or less.
- Near a park – check, though we haven’t been there yet. This is horrible, but we still haven’t really explored the area. I know the place nearby has some trails.
- Open concept – check! As you’ll see, the kitchen completely leads out into the living room. Then there’s a hallway that contains the bedrooms and bathrooms. I love how big the living room is.
- Deck – check! We have our own little outdoor space, overlooking some trees. Lots of birds pass by, I’ve seen a rabbit and R has seen a gecko.
Wow, apparently we found the perfect apartment! I just kept a mental checklist and it looks like it was spot on. I’ll mention that it’s also much quieter. There is some construction going on as they are getting three more buildings up, but they’re in the beginning stages and should be done by September. There’s also a lot of dogs here, and sometimes they get a bit carried away with barking.
Nevertheless, it’s by far much better than where we were before. We also have a pool, a small fitness room, wifi cafe, free Starbucks machine thingy, and they have plans for a dog park, saltwater pool and bigger business center.
Additionally, a huge mall is right down the road (we walked around once; mall’s aren’t our thing), along with a Super Target and tons of food options. Unfortunately, they are mostly chains, and half are fast-food, but I guess it’s good to have options, right?
You can click on each for a larger picture.
As you can see, there’s a decent amount of space being unused. The bathroom picture was taken before we actually got everything in here; we do use that! We’d like to get a coffee table to go in the middle of the living room, and eventually we’d like to get a reading chair or something in the corner (can’t see it from the picture). On the wall opposite the couch is just the TV right now, and according to my mom, it looks lost there!
That said, I am going to fight cramming a bunch of furniture in here that isn’t functional. I don’t want to be one of those people that uses their spare bedrooms for storage, either. I think we have enough right now!
Do you make good use out of the space in your house/apartment, or is it a bit crowded?