Here’s the scoop: Matt and I have been ever so slowly saving up a bit of money while living fairly frugally in a small apartment. Small? Yes. A bedroom, a living area, a kitchen, and a bathroom – for a grand total of around 500 square feet. It is a lovely old building, but overall we were just not quite where we wanted to be.
Our apartment was above an alley that is unfortunately a bit too crazy for our tastes – a bit of drugs, a lot of alcohol, and generally too much mayhem at all hours of the day and night. And it’s small. And our building has been through 6 managers during the time we lived there (a little over a year), and not a single soul in the building lived there longer than we did (yep, a little over a year).
So we have been waiting for an opportunity to move somewhere a little nicer, quieter, and more permanent….
Two and a half weeks ago, we encountered the deal of a century. Matt and I have had our eye on these new condos that were built in a revitalization project at the edge of downtown (South Lake Union, for those of you who know Seattle). We didn’t want to buy in this economy, but they were beautiful, built green, and in a perfect location. Basically, we just gawked at them and sighed every time we passed by.
Well, fortunately the economy has worked in our favor for this particular situation, because nobody is moving to condos right now. So, there is a crazy local law that says by the time it opens, a condo must have sold 50% of its spaces, or they have to convert the building to apartments. Voila! The condos we had our eye on became apartment buildings!
On top of that, because there was an overbuilding of apartments and condominiums in Seattle over the last couple of years, there are amazing deals on apartments right now (2 free months rent, extremely low deposits, etc).
So in a whirlwind, Matt and I decided to move to a brand new condo-turned-apartment building in a nicer area, that is built green (LEED silver), twice as big as our old apartment, super energy efficient, on the top floor (down the hall is a rooftop garden), and our apartment even has a little balcony (bigger than our fire escape) with a little view! All for just a bit more than what we were paying before. Yeehaw!!
I have been bursting to tell you all about it, but right after we decided I to move I became ill, and then it truly became a whirlwind of packing, moving, and unpacking. I feel I have betrayed you all by being gone so long without a peep! Well, know you know where I have been – and I can’t wait to share with you the details of our new place.
Already, I feel my blood pressure dropping, my stress level diminishing, my contentedness increasing. Raisin and Ellis love the new place – there is a great ledge for Raisin to look out over her domain (the city), and Ellis is happy to have more space where he can be a crazy dog. Plus nearly every household here seems to have a dog, so there are lots of neighbors to meet and sniff!
My walk to work is almost exactly the same distance (and I like the new route better). The round trip from home to the p-patch, office, and then back home is exactly the same distance it was. So I just have to make that my new routine. There is a p-patch in our new neighborhood, so I’ll put us on the wait list for that one – but it will likely be a year or two before a spot opens up.
There you have it! I can’t wait to tell you more! Oh yes, and our Walkscore? It’s 100. : )