Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ten on Tuesday - Take 2

Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is “10 Things You Like About Where You Live”.

While this topic is rather generic and could apply to the actual building, the city, the province, or even the country, I will speak to the apartment I am in right now. As I mentioned yesterday, I think that this will really cleanse my mind and help me move on.

So, here we go:

10     Things I like about my Apartment:

1.     The price. The apartment I am currently in is quite literally the cheapest price that you can get on a single bedroom apartment on the East side of the city. I’m only paying $545/month for rent, and that includes heat and water.

2.    The size. For a one bedroom apartment, mine is actually quite large. Gilles moved in after I had already furnished the apartment, so we have two of almost everything jammed into the apartment. Granted, it is using up every single inch of available wall-space and we are having to be very creative about finding storage for everything, but I’d be hard-pressed to find a single bedroom apartment elsewhere that could fit:
    • Bedroom:
      • A double bed
      • Three dressers
      • An entertainment centre
      • A small half-table
      • Two plastic storage units
    • Living room
      • Three bookshelves
      • Two rocking chairs
      • Two couches (one full, one loveseat/hideabed)
      • An entertainment centre
      • A large DVD cabinet
      • A side-table
      • My fish tank
      • Gilles’ hockey equipment
      • Two desks
    • Bathroom
      • A plastic storage unit under the sink
      • A laundry basket doubling as a towel basket under the sink
    • Kitchen
      • Stove
      • Double-sink
      • Fridge
      • Family-sized table
      • 4 chairs
      • A filing cabinet
      • A microwave
      • My coffeemaker
      • A toaster-oven (on top of microwave, on top of filing cabinet – as I said, creative storage)
      • A 4×4′ deep freezer
3.    The proximity to everything. For university, this apartment was perfect. It is only a 20 minute bike ride to campus, and there are three grocery stores within a five-block range (and two more just out of that). It is also within walking distance to the Centre Mall, and is very easy for people to find and get to if they aren’t used to the city.

4.    The ‘non-floodingness’. Okay, I know that isn’t a word, but we could have been in big trouble this spring. Many homes had their basements flooded in the ridiculous amount of rain that Saskatoon has faced, but we were lucky enough to just have some irritatingly leaky windows. Nothing a towel couldn’t mop up.

5.   When all is well and good in the world, the apartment cools down fast. I have to add “when all is well and good in the world”, because we have had a lot of problems with hot water leaking from the bathtub faucet, and thus making the apartment impossible to cool down. However, when the tub is not leaking, it is very easy and very quick to cool down the apartment, as it has both north and east facing windows, and the layout allows for great air circulation.

6. Great neighbours. Granted, we have had a few… scary neighbours over the last two years that I lived there. (One got hauled out by the cops and there was a notice on the door saying that he would be charged with a criminal offense if he tried to enter the building, for two weeks.) But one of the biggest things I’ve noticed about cities is that no one talks to each other. If you don’t know anyone when you move into your place, chances are you won’t know them when they move out. It is like that with about half of our neighbours. But the other half, we talk to on a regular basis, and can even call some of them friends (and no, we didn’t know anyone when we moved in.)

7. I don’t have to share my place with strangers. Both Gilles and I have tried the “move in with someone you’ve never met and hope to God you get along” method, and neither worked out very well. I love being able to come home to our own place, without having to worry about whether John Doe will bring home another random girl or Jane Doe will flip out because I didn’t (heaven forbid) shake out my shoes before coming in.

8. No yardwork. I am not sure whether to list this as a pro or a con. I really enjoy yardwork, and look forward to the possibility of having a compost bin and collecting rainwater, and having a garden – but I don’t enjoy shovelling snow, and I know that sometimes the yardwork added on top of everything else in my life will make me crazy.

9. Well-patrolled. A big part of the problem that I have with the apartment that I am in now, is the safety level. However, it has always given me some piece of mind that the front of the apartment is patrolled regularily, as well as the alley. As brutal as it may sound, I like knowing that if my place gets broken into or I get killed, the cops will notice the same day.

10. They never once increased the rent. I know that this could fall under the financial category as listed before, but I think that this deserves a special number. Despite the fact that the lease is month-to-month and they could have increased rent at any time (and many would argue deservedly so based on the price, despite the quality of the building). The fact that I never have to worry about coming up with rent here has been a definite plus.

Well, that was a lot harder to do than I had hoped, but I think that it helped a lot. I am able to look at the apartment … well, almost in a fond sense. Not quite, but close. At the very least, I no longer destest it.
I do have three appointments to view other properties tonight however, and that may have something to do with my current mindset as well :)

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