By Monday night, I was panicking. I knew we didn't really stand a chance at any of the open houses. We had a couple one-on-one meetings with landlords renting houses, one in particular that was my TOTAL DREAM HOUSE and I thought I made a good connection with that landlord. When we didn't hear from him after a day or two, I got nervous, though. Then we saw a house in West Seattle that was a solid second place for TOTAL DREAM HOUSE and she liked us (and was one of the most straight forward people we met), but had some other folks she'd promised to show it to later in the week. I was afraid of not signing SOMETHING before we went back to Chicago. I mean, that seemed like a near impossible thing to do from afar. So my husband started making appointments for apartments. I really didn't want to go from owning my own townhouse for 9 years back to apartment living, but A. all utilities plus Wifi are included in the rent. B. the landlord was very cool, went through our packet then and there (he was the first one who did that) and told us that if we wanted the place, it was ours. C. IT'S BIG AND GORGEOUS!!! It has brand new appliances in the kitchen, a huge living room and master bedroom/suite, an adorable little space for an office, washer and dryer in the unit, a guest bathroom with shower, and an INCREDIBLE view. Ohhhh and so many closets, which helps because I'm a MAJOR packrat. The only downsides are that we have no green space (but there is a community garden near by that I can join) and it's mostly carpeted (we are not a fan of that, but we'll deal). We don't have a garage, but we've got a parking spot and a storage shed and it is close to a couple of bus lines. It's on the north side of Beacon Hill so fairly close to Downtown, the Central District, Capitol Hill, etc (like it's the equivalent of going from one side of the 2 mile suburb I grew up in to the other. At worst.) So, it's not a dream HOME, but as my husband wisely pointed out, we should not be renting our dream home, we should be saving to buy it, and with this place we can and enjoy a damn fine living space in the process!
Here it is, starting with the most important part, the view from my office :)
The office itself:
The too-big to see in one picture living room:
The kitchen (long view, but there are tons of cabinets, great appliances, like the great stainless steel fridge my husband is investigating and a dining area):
The Bedroom/master suite
And the view from there!