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Housing Search: Day 1
The first day of searching for a place near the north end of Capitol Hill is coming to an end. There haven't been any major updates for about 6 hours now. As my search starts I'm being very picky about what I'm looking for. I'd like a 1 bedroom unit with about 400/sq.ft. within quarter of a mile walking distance of the QFC (grocery store) for about or less than 800$/month. So far most of the units are running toward the 900$/month or more range (emphasis on "or more"). I could, in theory, do 900$ but that's pushing it and doesn't include utilities.

There are a couple of places toward the north end of where I'm looking that are around 825$/month + 50$/month for water/sewage/garbage. They're reasonably sized and well located, but not available until June 4th.

Unless I'm willing to breach my upper monetary limit by a major amount, or leave my targeted area, that's all that's available right now. I'm hoping more will become available over the next few days. Tomorrow or Monday I'm going to do more walking around and calling up places with "For Rent" signs that don't list a website or price. There were a few I saw today just walking around too.

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mcfnord From: mcfnord Date: May 13th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
come to the Capitola at 14th and Republican.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 14th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's there? Is that the place you're trying to emergency exit in a hurry? XD
Do you have a link to apartment availabilities and prices, or is calling the only way to find out?
mcfnord From: mcfnord Date: May 14th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
the building called the capitola might be a real find for you. there are some beautiful rooms here, especially in summer. i think they're all rather small. i pay $850 but most cost less.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 15th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Speaking of which, I just lowered my standards a bit and ran into an ad for them on Craigslist. I think I'll walk over that way and see what the neighborhood is like. I've been warned away from down toward Pike/Pine and east of Broadway. I've already confirmed that down toward Pike/Pine isn't really the kind of neighborhood I'd enjoy long term, so we'll have to see about east of Broadway.

The minimum square footage I'm looking for is 350; anything less than that won't be able to hold all my stuff and provide adequate space for holding events and having a designated sleeping space.
mcfnord From: mcfnord Date: May 15th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I think my place is 350. Tall ceilings help a bit. Just build up.

Pike-Pine east of Broadway... active, but lots of derp and skeeze. 14th and Repub is snooty by comparason. And quiet at night. With better grocery options.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 15th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your description of 14th and Republication sounds about right from what I saw of it passing by. And quiet, yes, at only 6pm! There were a few people walking by, but even they were keeping their voice down. Is there some ordinate against loud noise there, or is it just part of the atmosphere and self-selecting of residents? There was also a lot more greenery in the area.

The main use of the space would be one part queen size bed, one part large dining room table. There's no getting around that extra required square footage to accommodate both at the same time. I'll figure something out eventually; my self-imposed time limit is 3 weeks. There are already a couple of options toward Roy St & Broadway that look good for the price, but not available until June 4th.
mcfnord From: mcfnord Date: May 16th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
and we are 5 blocks from volunteer park.

noise is really a lot of people in bars and retail and cars when you get down to it, and we don't have as much of any of it. 15th is a full shopping selection for me, but it's just one road.

who needs a dining room table??
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 16th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I do, if I want to have people over for food and games, specifically board or card games. My table can easily fit six, and could squeeze even more at the table when expanded. I'm looking for the ability to have people over for food and games.
mcfnord From: mcfnord Date: May 16th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
i guess i got around this in a strange way: i steam clean the carpets and get cushions and people can sit and eat on the floor.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 16th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I checked out some of the available Capitola apartments. That was a load of croc if I've ever seen one. She claims that all the apartments are around 300 to 400, and the first place she shows me is the 685 get-you-in-the-door unit, supposedly a minimum of 300 sq/ft. Uh, no, that thing is at most 15x15 (225sq.ft.), and that's being charitable, unless they're just counting widest area to widest area and including the walls, and then some. The next unit jumps all the way to 850$-ish and isn't much bigger, plus the layout of the main area makes a huge chunk of it unusable because of where they put the closet, not to mention sq/ft inflation because of a hallway that can't be used for anything. The 1 bedroom I was shown was alright, but the bathroom was a half size at best (the tub was literally half size; why bother with a tub) and had an even bigger yet unusable hallway area for sq/ft inflation.

So, yeah, I'm going to keep looking.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 16th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and the courtyard and outside looked nice, but that's the best I can say for the place. Half of the hallways were small and suffocating, grimy and cream colored, or had a stale odor about them.
mcfnord From: mcfnord Date: May 17th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
well, true, but i don't live in the hallway. we open the windows regularly.

i looked at 3 open rooms. the first 2 were crappy, but mine's awesome.
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zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 14th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was hoping to find something really quick in a good price range, especially given I'm not looking for that much space, but so far it looks like it might be three weeks before something is available at the size and price I'm looking for. That's alright, I have time and the break will be good for relaxing a bit.
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