My roommates put in an application at a new place. If it gets approved, they'll be putting in their 30-day notice. Which means I need to find a new place for myself. This is both a relief, and a huge stress.
I've looked at two apartments so far. I have more numbers to dial, more people to talk to, but it's pretty clear that my budget has me in the 'slightly above disreputable' range. They were livable, but not pretty.
Apartment one had a teeny tiny little bathroom with no tub, just a shower stall. (No baths? Sad!) It is a studio in what used to be a boarding house. Huge walk-in closet. Nice sized kitchen with a built in hutch. Small alcove at the very back providing semi-privacy for a bed. I sort of liked the charm of the building, even if it wasn't high-end elegant.
Apartment two had a teeny tiny little kitchen with half a stove. Nice sized bathroom, with a tub. One small little bedroom. The closet was small, but still twice the size of the one I'm using now. New windows and insulation. The parking situation seemed akward, with the little bitty lot, and no parking on the street.
I would lean toward the second, except it's all around more expensive. The rent is at the top of my budget. Also, at the first place the gas for the water heater & stove is paid for by the building, because of the way the place is wired. But a tub! Ohhhh, a tub...
BUT! It will be nice to have someplace all my own. No tripping over other people's shit. No need to wash dishes before using them. No loud children while I'm trying to sleep. I can have people over without getting strange looks from the roommates. I can decorate the rooms in my style. Even if it is only the main room and a bathroom.
We shall see what the remaining phone calls bring.