There comes a time in every Washingtonian's life that the infamous apartment hunt begins. It's this coming of age ritual where you go off into the wild concrete jungle to find an apartment that will save you an hour commute. Unlike many other major US cities, Washington DC's suburbs can be more expensive than the city itself. In fact, much of the surrounding suburbs are so affluent, you're considered poverty if you make less than 250K per year. For poor people like myself and my husband, we can only dream of the day we could afford something a little larger than a closet. However at the moment, it's becoming increasingly apparent, we need more room (We currently reside in half a closet). We work and live in Northern Virginia. Finding a place to live, at this point, ranks right up there with childbirth. It's painful, exciting, long, tedious, exhausting, and at the end, you get a prize. Except this prize doesn't need to be fed at 5am.
For starters, we live in 667 square feet of 1970's hell. There is no dishwasher, everything in our bathroom is miniature, and all the residents have been beaten with the "Major A-Hole" stick. This "bargain" is somewhere my husband and BFF brother have lived in for like 12 years. I think "bargain" is being too kind. Spending $1200 eating out for fear of dirtying dishes and a 1.5 hour commute one way, is NOT a bargain. At best it's a dorm that I am suffering through while Anthony finds a job. And I am PRAYING as often as I can remember to do it, that Anthony finds a new job soon. For the sanity of all involved. I'd like to move between Turkey Day and New Years. That gives us a couple of months to come to an agreement on what we are going to do. And more importantly, save as much money as possible. It might sound easy but guess what we are up against?
Don't you just love when special features of an apartment are "stove/oven", "air conditioning", and a living room? Because heaven forbid you pay nearly 2K a month and actually want to cook or watch television! This place is particularly swanky in that you also get a fridge! What passes for "luxury" around here and still costs a pretty $1800/mo penny is laughable at best.
Awesome! I just love how they feature the red, black and white bathroom for the Nascar fan in you. Notice the short stature of the refrigerator? Yeah, a full sized one and a real bathroom are going to cost you! Looks like my commute will be 30 minutes at best, because this girl cannot afford the "luxury" living that is Alexandria/Arlington. Given what a snob I am for having a full sized bathroom, I'm thinking I am back to square one. At the very least, the apartment above seems to have a dishwasher (though cut off in the pic). Which is more than I can say for my current living situation.
And the hunt continues.