I have been apartment shopping lately. Sometimes it’s good to know the kind of person you are. Say you live in St. Johns, which is very far from the things that you do on a regular basis (other than going to the movies). You love the St. Johns bridge, but you know you can go visit it any time you want, and it’s about time to be closer to work and the gym and the … everything.
That’s me. Another thing to know about me is that I’m a planner. I like to have ducks lined up in a row way ahead of time. I don’t like the idea of not knowing where my next move is. This makes me a bit obnoxious when things are up in the air. I’m getting better at it, but it’s good to know my limitations.
Other people would wait. Seriously, the end of February is a long way off. When I do look, it’s obvious that there are availabilities immediately, all the time. I’m wasting people’s valuable time making them show me an apartment that they’d like rented out in the middle of January, not the end of February.
But I found one. A little mother-in-law apartment in the basement of my landlord’s home. And since it’s her home, she’s willing to rent to me this far out, because as she said, “it’s more important to find the right tenant than it is to collect two more weeks of rent.”
So, the ducks have lined up. And the rent? Is exceedingly reasonable. It includes everything — from water/sewer/garbage/composting (oh, Portland) to electric to laundry (!) and wireless, it’ll cost $825 a month. And I’ll save on gas. I plan on walking to work three days per week, weather permitting.
Also! SUPER neighborhood. It even has a pretentious name:. Walking distance to two hippy grocery stores, to a few great restaurants
I’m excited, although probably somewhat prematurely.
Southeast Portland, here I come!
- Frugal Portland’s Four Resolutions for 2012 (frugalportland.com)
- Frugal Win: Cancel Internet (frugalportland.com)
- We Need a Budget! (frugalportland.com)
- 10 Strategies for Being Frugal with Food (frugalportland.com)
- Actual Resolutions (wifandhub.com)