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Postby TimDrake'sDumbWings » Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:12 pm

Yeah, I have no horse in the apartment/house debate (27, childless, without kids, living in a major metropolitan area), but I can never imagine OWNING an apartment/house. Everyone I know who owns their dwelling is always stressing out all the god damn time. In addition to paying off your damn mortgage, you have to fix everything when it breaks and (if you have a house) mow the lawn, shovel the sidewalks, etc. That's way too much work if you're still paying for it.
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Postby Arion » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:06 am

MrBlack wrote:I don't mind the small kitchen if it's just me. I don't need a ton of counter space, even when cooking a big meal, and as long as I keep up with the dishes I usually don't run out of room. I do wish we had a bigger kitchen in our house, but that's because we have to deal with two kids. Of course, the kitchen in our house is probably the equivalent of a large kitchen in an apartment, even if it's a little small by house standards.

I keep seeing some of these micro apartments and thinking how great it would be to have so little in terms of worldly possessions that I could live in such a place. Very zen. Not gonna happen though.

If I were to move I would definitely need additional room for my books and comics. Those are my worldly possessions .
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Postby Keb » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:11 pm

muddyglass wrote:

make sure you don't harm a "house centipede" (google some pictures if you're not sure how they look like). those are the good guys who will hunt the roaches and silverfish for you. i made the mistake of killing a house centipede and crippling another one before i understood their function, and then had to deal with a silverfish infestation in the aftermath. silverfish will eat your books and comics. :smt013

Now I'm going to have nightmares for weeks.

(those are the ones)

Log-Man wrote:What are your priorities?

I'm about to go sign a lease on a new apartment today after work, in fact. Of course there are some compromises, but I got my top priority stuff taken care of:
Location (North of the university, close to work)
Price (More than what I pay now, but in my range)
W/D (I despise communal laundry setups. I'm done with them.)

Things I'm going to miss:
3rd Floor (Great for privacy and security)
That's about it, really. My new apartment is first floor only, so 3rd floor isn't even an option. On the plus side, that means nobody living directly above me or below me. It also means climate control will be much easier, especially without the vaulted ceilings. Also, there's a gate at night, so the community has a little extra privacy and security anyway. I won't miss the 3rd floor too much, I think.

It's a small one BR place, which would put some people off, but it's just fine for me living alone. It's not luxurious or ultra modern, but those are my compromises, and I'm ok with them.

I'm going back to school. Ultimately, I'd love a 1-bedroom apartment like the one I own and rent out. Right now I'm living with my mom in a 2-bedroom because I couldn't afford to keep that place (I rent it for $1300 a month at a loss). It's a pretty pimp place though. 1 bedroom, spacious (695 sq ft) 4-piece kitchen, 3 piece bath, washer/dryer in-suite, hardwood floors, granite countertops. I love it but I know I'll never be able to afford living in it.

If I'm at school, I could compromise and live in a shared house if push came to shove. Ideally, I'd like to have only 1 or 2 housemates. I don't want to live in a place with 10 other guys again. Ever. I don't mind sharing the kitchen and bathroom. The only thing is, I know I can't bring my dog (if I could, I would).

If I could find a cheap apartment, I would, but the city I'm going to school in is not cheap to live. I've ruled out living in basements unless they're spacious/nice and allow pets.

I'd like to have the basics. I can live without fancy shit, I just can't live without basics.

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