July 17th, 2006


House Hunting

House hunting is hard. It's possible to get what we want, for the price we want, but not where we want it. It's disappointing that moving north 6 blocks increases the monthly rent by $400.

Checked out a place on the other side of the block -- it wasn't really nice enough. Checked out a place down by the BU Bridge rotary: it was nice, and a great price... but it puts us 6 blocks further from Central, which puts us at the whim of the 47 for getting there, really. It also puts us about a half mile from the park the girls have been going to, which is a bit of a ways to walk with small children.

Going to look at a few more today. The good thing is that although we need to compromise, we probably will find *something*, and the places we're seeing are not bad at all, and mostly by-owner, which saves both on fees, and means we meet the landlord before we move in, both benefits.

We're looking at some with realtors later today, apparently. I've also got to make an appearance at the office. Pretty dull sounding day, really.


We've got an apartment for next year (assuming all goes as planned). Gorgeous, just redone hardwood floors, laundry hookups in the basement that the landlord is going to let us use, really bright place, just repainted. Has a dishwasher, 1.5 baths, and is only about two blocks from our current place, for about 30% less. Location's the killer, and this one is not too bad -- we'll still be able to make Dana Park, and it's also got enough yard space that we should be able to tear out the tons of weeds we've got right now and get some nice greenspace in the front.

It can use some TLC on the outside, but the inside is pure gold. Not the biggest bedrooms in the world, but hey, you can't have everything.

Move in date scheduled for Aug 1, which means we'll have two weeks to move, and two weeks for our current landlord to clean up the place. The lead time will be great -- and the new place has a ton of basement storage. No more climbing up into the attic, and I'm hoping we can make some space down there for the kids to chill out and play maybe. It'll take a fair bit of cleaning, and some new lighting, but it should be interesting -- it feels like this place is a lot less 'pre-made' than our current one, which gives us the opportunity to get out there and fix up the bits we don't like.