Despite being creeped out by craigslist, I decided to give it another go, this time looking for more of a house or townhouse situation. My parameters were:
- Must have private bath
- Must be under $1000 a month
- Must be walkable (less than a mile) to Metro
I found a listing for a room in a house just a few blocks from where I am now and decided to give it a try. SCL and I have been in a high-rise this year, so it was crazy to walk just a few blocks away and be surrounded by single family homes. So residential--and not on the fire house route like we are now. The outside looked really nice and well-kept; flowers everywhere. (Second clue that the guys living there are gay; first clue was a detail they included in the ad about a chihuahua.)
The inside was beautifully decorated, and the house has a huge deck with a perfectly manicured backyard. One of the best features of the house is a guest room where people could stay for a night or two if they're visiting. I was already in love. Then I went up to the empty room--HUGE with plenty of light and a HUGE ass closet with full length mirrors in the sliding doors. Beautiful wooden floors and a private, albeit small bathroom. But I love that the room is big enough to accommodate Rosie.
So, I'm going tomorrow to sign the lease! To tell you the truth, I'm kind of excited about having my own space again, too. I've already got decorating plans in mind, and I don't have to worry about it being too girlie. And, although I wasn't looking specifically for it, SCL's new place is also pretty close by, which means we won't have to spend an hour taking the Metro to see each other. Another plus.
But the biggest plus? The chihuahua named Heidi. Seriously.