I am tired of living in the student ghetto, and I’m tired of there being two of us in an apartment less than 400 square feet. A lot of my coworkers are homeowners; even the ones who make less than I do are settled into living situations that feel like “home”, rather than some place where we expect the landlord to want to rent fresh every year. (I seriously doubt my landlord is anxious for us to move… but given that she’s left the apartment in the hands of her realtor as “super”, I’m sure he’s anxious to have us leave, so that he can collect fresh on the realtor fees. It’s either that, or he just really is an honest-to-god dickbag… but it has to be one or the other, because he’s totally unhelpful in making the apartment livable.)
Of my more mobile coworkers (unmarried, new to the job, etc.) a lot of them rent much nicer apartments than ours, way north of town. This is not acceptable to me. Emotionally, I can’t handle suburbia. Financially, we’ve only had one car since the fiance’s caught fire several years ago, and we can’t afford either the cost of a car or a second gas bill for one. Because of this, I had pretty much come to the conclusion that we were stuck.
For the last several months, I have watched construction on a new apartment unit fairly close to where I work. On Sunday on the way to church, I saw a sign saying that they were renting. Yesterday I started poking around online, and found that a 1 bedroom at this new building would be 200 more square feet, and $200.00 cheaper.
It’s down the street from where our former housemates now live. It’s close enough to work that I could bike there in 15 minutes, and do it all on side streets (no death!) and close enough to bike to church as well. That will cut our current gas bill down to… almost nothing? It’s also easy bike distance to a 24-hour independent coffee shop (although not a good night-bike neighborhood… that main street is both fast, and not the safest of places)
A non-profit is spearheading this project, part of it’s foundational mission to create affordable housing. As such, some of the apartments will be subsidy, which means that some of the people who would otherwise be interested, are going to be scared off because of “those people”. But the reality is that we’d already be living in one of “those people” projects, except we don’t qualify for subsidy because fiance’s a full time student. And since I work at a school that is 99% project kids, and lived in the ghetto in NYC, I’m not particularly thrown off by any of that. I will gladly trade it for the convenience to work and to the city proper.
Given last year’s tax return we just barely qualify for financial requirements for the apartment, which is a little scary. I am worried that other people with both partners working real jobs will edge us out. I worry that people who have been following this apartment project since it first cut ground will have already put their name in. I worry that our petty and stupid super will give us a bad recommendation because he doesn’t like me (seriously. he’s said things about my mother. It’s ugly). I worry that my last NYC landlord will say bad things about me because I broke lease at the last minute to move to Texas.
Basically, I just worry that it will all fall through, and we won’t get it.
But man, do I want to live there. 2 years ago