I Have a Place to Live!

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.


  1. Yay! Oh my gosh I am so excited for you! I want to live there!

    That's very cool that the room is so nice and that they even have a guest room for visitors.

    And a dog too? Um, heaven.

    Congrats lady!

  2. Congrats! I guess that is a good price point? Below the Line, as you know, your looking at a huge 1 bedroom with all the amenities. This is really awesome though. Great privacy and very clean looking, not to mention hard wood floors...perfect!

  3. Thanks, Krysten! I'm excited, too. :-)

    Brian, yep rent is pretty steep here. The one-bedroom we're in now costs $1450 + utilities and parking. And the rent would have been $1600 if we'd stayed! I could've found something cheaper, but this is convenient and a big room with a private bath. With utilities and everything, it'll be under $1000 a month, which is just perfect.

  4. hey! I stumbled upon you blog! Congrats on your new place it looks lovely! I'm actually moving to a new place too next month and it's townhouse.

  5. I don't think you're crazy for looking this soon. I'm planning a move out of state in SEPTEMBER and I'm already looking at places. I am a planner and it sounds like you are too! The new place sounds great, good for you! Although, wow, it's expensive! I live in the coastal section of Los Angeles county and I'm paying $950 for a one bedroom duplex, and the places I'm looking at out of state are about $900 for a 2 bedroom 2 bath...which is one reason why I'm moving. But wow, I could NOT afford $1600! So, anyway, good for you and congrats on your new place.

  6. That sounds really great - good luck with the move!

  7. Thanks for the congrats, everyone! Yes, I know that it sounds like an obscene amount of cash, but around here, it's pretty good for what I'm getting. I hope not to live in DC forever though for that very reason.