I don't really like my new apartment. Actually, when I first saw it, it was all I could do to keep from crying.
There are lots of good things about it:
- I really like where it's located. It's in a very small town about 40 miles northwest of Columbus, so it's within a reasonable driving distance of the city, with all that has to offer, but it's also out in the country, in the middle of Amish country, surrounded by small family farms. It's only about ten minutes from the farm where I buy raw milk and free range eggs, and I just know that this summer I will be able to buy all kinds of wonderful organic local produce cheaply at roadside stands. It's only about 15 minutes away from a reasonably-sized town that has Walmart and Meijer and all the typical restaurants and that sort of thing, and there is a nice dog park where I've taken Isaac a few times already about 15 minutes away, too. So I like the location.
- The rent is really affordable. Not only that, but the rent includes all utilities. So even when it's really cold in the winter, I will not have to worry about sky high heating bills.
- And even though I don't have to pay for heating, I can adjust the heat in my apartment! How cool is that? The last time I lived in an apartment with free heat, it was free because there wasn't much of it.
- There is an on-site laundry room. Yeah, it would be even better if the apartment had a washer and dryer in it, but apartments in my price range aren't gonna have that. But there is a laundry room on the first floor, so I won't have to drag my dirty clothes out to a laundromat.
- It's a secure building. The front entrance is locked and there is an intercom and buzzer so visitors can buzz me and I can let them in.
- It's air conditioned. I lived for a few years in Cincinnati in a townhouse with no air conditioning and believe me, it was miserable in the summer! I love air conditioning.
- It has lots of closet space.
- The kitchen has a fair amount of counter space and lots of cabinets.
- There is an elevator. My apartment is on the second floor, which is fine it's often actually quieter than being on the first floor, but I don't have to worry about carrying groceries and stuff up stairs. They even have a grocery cart that they keep in the entryway that tenants can use to take groceries or other things upstairs.
- The roof will not leak (it has been raining hard here all day and as I write this I am listening to the plop plop plop of my roof leaking into a bucket that is getting full pretty fast).
- The toilet will not get clogged up every time I flush more than two squares of toilet paper (I am so sick of plunging my toilet!).
- It's small. Really small. It's basically just two rooms, plus a bathroom (a pretty good-sized bathroom, actually) and a tiny kitchen. I can't remember what they call it, but it's the kind of kitchen you can cook in but not eat it. No room for a table in there. So there is a bedroom and a combination living/dining room. Except the living/dining room is so small, I don't know how you could fit a couch, a dining table, and other living room furniture in it. I really don't. There is an open counter area between the living/dining room and the kitchen and I plan to put a couple chairs there and eat at the counter.
- The carpet is this really dark color. I thought it was gray but the property manager tells me it's dark blue, like navy blue or something. Who has navy blue carpet? Or dark gray carpet, for that matter? And it's "commercial grade" carpet. More like something you'd expect to see in a store than a home.
- It's handicapped accessible, which in theory I think is a fine thing. I'm in favor of universal design, really. But I don't like it. I don't like the grab bars in the bathroom, for instance. I don't need them and I think they are ugly. I'm not sure why they bother me so much, but they do.
- Because the whole building is designed for people with disabilities, they have these emergency pull cords in the bathroom and bedroom, like you see in nursing homes. If you pull the cord here, though, instead of the nursing assistant coming in to see what you need, the life squad is dispatched. I'm sure that comes in handy for some people, but it's another thing I don't need and I don't like it. I think it looks unattractive. That, plus the grab bars, makes my bathroom look like a bathroom in a nursing home, not an apartment. I don't want to feel like I'm living in a nursing home.