How did I fall for it again? I was so bright eyed and bushy tailed about this new apartment search … even as recently as this post from yesterday! I don’t know why I thought it would be different this time. You’d think with almost a 50% increase in budget that your options would improve.
When I looked last time, I had three days to find an apartment, because my new job in the Big Apple was starting 2 weeks later. THAT was stressful. But I found something, albeit in a less than ideal neighborhood. So this time, I wanted to move somewhere more fun. More exciting. More trendy. And I figured, we’ve got more money to spend so our place will be great!!
We started off with a pretty great apartment in Chelsea. It was ALMOST perfect. So that left me hopeful. Well it’s been a fast downhill slide from there…
The listings? They are lies. Reverse google image searches will quickly tell you that these listings are using pictures from other apartments way out of your price range. They are baiting you. That spacious living room with floor to ceiling windows? Don’t get your hopes up. Stainless steel appliances? Try stained appliances… The reality? Every apartment we’ve seen in a remotely cool neighborhood has been a shoebox, with a stove (which is supposed to double as your closet). Apparently $1000 extra a month doesn’t buy you much. It blows my MIND what they are able to price these apartments at. AND PEOPLE RENT THEM.
So apparently I can’t have my cake and eat it too … or in honor of National Donut Day, have my donut and eat it too. I again have been burned by the process. Luckily, Peter is still hopeful. We’ve expanded our search, and are looking into new neighborhoods. We have at least 10 more places lined up to see over the weekend, so maybe I’ll be singing a different tune then.
The worst part, though? That first apartment in Chelsea is looking pretty good right about now. And with our luck, it’s probably long gone and rented.
Wish us luck … the apartment hunt continues.