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Apartment considerations
Zia McCorgi by Cooner
So I'm still waiting for the contract. the boss and I have talked a bit and she's been stepping on HR's toes but it is still a wait. This Friday I head to the MLA conference in Minneapolis.

Yes I'll be in Minneapolis again woo :D

anyway in the meantime with months of refining my search and considering my options for housing. I know something of what I want but I've never lived on my own before. It does not help that I need to consider Momo who has entered a difficult situation of her own on housing. Namely there are not as many apartment complexes that take dogs, even small well behaved dogs, as there are general apartments. Not to mention a larger deposit and monthly fee. My original plan was to move and then a few months later collect Momo after I settled in and that is the plan I a working under. At the same time Mom has expressed an abiding interest in keeping Momo with her and Pa. I can't claim the idea does not have merit. I love Momo and I know she loves me but I also know she loves my parents and they would treat her well as they love her. Momo has warmed up considerably from the start where she was not a fan of Momo and worried about the pup attacking her. Now Mom has expressed her concern that she doesn't want to steal the shiba from me but I wouldn't consider it stealing at all. It adds complication to the apartment search as I would prefer to have this all worked out before I commit to an apartment.

I don't plan on owning a car in Washington DC. Not at least for a little while. So an apartment needs to be relatively close to a metro station (within a mile and a half I figure as my walking speed is around 2.5 MPH on a good day). This isn't a huge problem as there are multiple lines and numerous stations. So that can work to my advantage though it does remove some locations.

Adding to that is commute time. I'm going to be living an erratic schedule I suspect for the first few years and that means night work and weekend work. I've lived with long commutes before and I hate them. I really have done the hour commute deal and it just does not work well for me. I'm sure I can do it but comfort wise it is not a plus. Any commute time has to add in the walking time.

Then there is the apartment's other factors: age, internet availability [furry and I must have net also not planning on owning a TV as those are massive time sink holes for me but this is beside the point], size of the kitchen (I plan to keep up cooking) and these are important. As well as location and placement of grocery stores and other items. I've heard about the importance of an air conditioner in DC but I like it hot and I'm good with fans. Still I wouldn't snub one.

Externally I'd prefer an apartment with a washer/dryer in the complex or in the room. This later quality raises the price considerably but the convenience can't be denied as well as not having to worry about other difficulties. It is perhaps a minor thing but I might be willing to eat the cost for the added freedom and not having to pay small amounts over time into laundromats.

Ideally it would be close to friends as well (that commute time can be longer as I am not leaving every day to see friends and family) within an hour's train ride ideally.

I've been using this site: http://www.crimereports.com/ provided by artfulreggie as a tool. It isn't perfect and demands some volunteerism from the communities but it gives some help.

Keeping in mind that I still have to see these places here are my top choices one for each location:

This seems like a good match: http://forttottenstation.com/index.html

PROS: Very short commute to work, at the confluence of 3 metro lines which is very nice, internet, very new building, takes dogs [though it charges a lot for the privilege 250 deposit and $50+ a month], washer and dryer in apartment
CONS: utilities not included [not a shock none of the apartments seem to include it] smaller apartments, high cost it is within Washington DC so I won't have congressional representation [this has always annoyed me but the risk of losing my representation is not comfortable] and possibly as I understand it no Electoral Vote either for the area. This is deeply distressing for me especially after Congress once again proved it would use fiat to harm the city for its own ends. Again. I'm not sure I want to be taxed with no representation. Crime rates look fairly high on the crime reports site but that can be handled if I'm careful. No reviews I have been able to find.


PROS: Very close to work, close to a major confluence, cheap, near several grocery stores, larger, congressional representation, dog friendly
CONS: Older building, some crime, reviews of the complex have been scattershot
MEH: Washer dryer in building but not in apartment this can work


PROS: Very close to thechick and Chuckles (one stop away) as well several other friends, nice neighborhoods, semi close to airport, huge kitchen, nice size apartments, very low crime area, congressional representation.
CONS: Very long commute 40min minimum not counting switching lines and the mile walk to station (might have to buy a bike) not sure I can deal with the daily commute.
MEH: washer dryer in complex but not in room.

I then have a list of about 30 other options each one a little less desirable. 10 or so in each area.