Can’t Have My Donut & Eat It Too — The Apartment Hunt Continues

A New York Love Affair :: NYC

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!!

Think again.

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.



  • Reply June 5, 2015

    Betsy Burleson

    Oh my, apartment looking in NYC sounds extremely stressful. I’m not sure I could do it. Good luck, I hope to hear good news Monday!!

  • Reply June 5, 2015

    Mary Krosnjar

    Good luck and stay positive! Something great will open up! Sportsanista

  • Reply June 5, 2015


    My goodness – I’m so sorry to hear how hard it is to find a place!! Crossing my fingers you find an amazing one soon!! <3

  • Reply June 5, 2015


    Keep up the hunt & you will find something you love. Good luck! Hope to hear good news SOON! xx

  • Reply June 6, 2015


    Ah so sorry! Wishing you lots of luck on your apartment search!

  • Reply June 7, 2015

    Amanda Miller

    oooh how fun!!! I can’t wait to see where you end up!!
    xoxo Amanda

  • Reply June 8, 2015


    how frustrating! best of luck!

  • Oh my gosh, good luck! Thankfully my boyfriend had gotten our apartment in Queens while I was still overseas with the military, from what he said it REALLY is difficult to find the right place! We actually just got pre approved for our mortgage for a home now though, so the search continues! I’m sure something will open up for you when you least expect it! good luck!

  • Reply June 15, 2015


    I have wanted to move to NYC for as long as I can remember so I am feeling a little jealous. I’ll take the shebox please!


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