Step Two: Apartment Shopping. Its harder than you think. And the more people the hardy harder it is. There are multiple components to everyones apartment shopping experience that are focused on in order to find "the one." They have to be funny, taller than me, Ethnic, oh wait. I mean apartments:
1. Bathroom: Is there enough counterspace for three girls to comfortably place blowdryers, hair brushes, buttloads of different creams and coverups and straighteners and soaps. Is the shower clean? Is there sufficient mirror space?
2. Bedroom: Can I fit a bed? Is there closet space for clothes, shoes, purses, luggage? Can I fit a dresser, and maybe another dresser, and maybe a desk, or chair, and is there a window to hang cute light catchers on?
3. Kitchen: 2 out of the 3 of us are culinary/baking/pastry students. So.. they like nice kitchens. And since I pretend to be a food affictionado, well, I want the kitchen to be pretty swanky too. Lots of moving around space, counter space for all those crafty foodie tools, blenders, toasters, bullets, whipping, mashing, contracting, condensing, rolling, baking tools. The stove has to be new. There has to be enough room for a table, and for more than 4 people to comfortable move about.
4. Living space: I like alot of living space. I like to have alot of people over, with alot of room to move around, places for people to sit and stand and hang out and play games and talk and chit chat. There has to be a couch. And I am all for coffee tables and decorative floor lamps.
5. Extra facilities [Bonuses]: Is there laundry on premise? Is there parking? Is there a yard of some sort, or a porch? How close is it to public transportation? Is it in the ghetto of providence? Who lives around me, other students, or families or single sex offenders? How does the place hold heat and how are the utilities typically?
6. Price: really, $1400 per month for a 3 bedroom on the South Side? Haha yeah ok. But $1400 for a 3bdrm on the East Side is nothing.
7. Location: There are so many neighborhoods in Providence: Edgewood: which is near JWU Harborside campus. East Side: near brown and risd and thayer, so its edgey and trendy and indie and richer. Federal Hill: Italian and foodie and laiden with students. Armory: not bad, just average, little lower of a neighborhood. North Prov: Far from downtownish. Lower East Side: over past Wickenden, so its pretty arty and decent price but far from campus. West Side: Pot smokers and struggling artists with a dash of crime. South Prov: Little Mexico. haha. no.
So now that we have that racious list of whats important, now its important to note that everyone weighs these things differently, like for me, a good kitchen is better than a good bathroom. And big living space is better than bigger bathrooms. So if the place has a nice kitchen, a small bathroom, alot of living space, but small bathrooms, I would be ok with it and probably TAP THAT. But say, for someone else, a huge bathroom is key, or laundry on premises is more important than a small bathroom. Thats what makes it fun and game like. You have to match everyones tastes and rankings with the other roommates to decide which apartment will be a perfect fit for all three.
I personally love to look at apartments. They all still have tennents in them, which is cool. Seeing how others (my age) life realy enamores me. We saw about 7 apartments today, and the range of living style was amazing. We went from one place with all the doors kicked in and graffiti on the walls, to a dark man cave pot reeking place, to a neat little colorful abode. Like whoa. Some people actually make an effort to have these apartments as their home, not just a place to crash, or a party center. Some places are tastful and modest while others are holes of crap and dirt. I love how guys live compared to girls too. Such an obvious thing we noticed. And you should tell what gender lived in that apartment in the first five seconds of being in it. Haha one of the guys kitchens had a list taped to the wall titled "Sh*T We Need." I laughed out loud. The girls places were more apt to have cleaner bedrooms too. Its so interesting to compare and contrast. I dont know why, just fascinating.
We found one that we all enjoyed. I think. We just have to work out some more details, and so I will keep an update on that.
I tried to be all crafty tonight by cooking some sweet potatoes in a new way. But it half turned out great. And half made me want to hurl up so many chunks of puke that you never even knew your kidneys looked like that. Yeah grossed out? Good.
Russia in t minus 4 days. Whoa.