This weekend I contacted the real estate company we used 8 years ago to help find a place. My realtor lined up a few places once I’d filled out the paperwork and I was off!
Apartment 1: A “2” bedroom on the 3rd floor of a walkup at the northern end of my neighborhood. Decent closet off the entry (also, the bathroom… odd.) Living room a decent size with a connecting doorway to the “first” bedroom. Probably would’ve had a set of french doors to separate it from the living room originally, but it’s a good size. “Second” bedroom off the first with two decent closets. Both bedrooms face west with a decent amount of light because of the parking lot behind the building that separates it from the next building. Kitchen somewhat small but has a dishwasher. Over budget. A bit far from the train. Also… a walkup.
Apartment 2: A 1 Bedroom closer to the subway in an elevator building. Decent sized living room and bedroom with 2 closets and slight park view. Nice bathroom. Miniscule kitchen. Like, unbelievably small. Consisted of small fridge, sink with a lip that could possibly be called a countertop and a stove/oven. Forget that work triangle that ideal kitchens are supposed to have. You have to sashay sideways to get from the fridge to the sink to the oven. If you turn 90 degrees you’ll be wedged between the appliances and the wall. Room was probably originally a bathroom. Oh well. But it was under budget.
Apartment 3: A 1 Bedroom across the street from Apartment 2. Dingy lobby and hallways. Apartment a bit dark, but faces east and this was late afternoon. Kitchen and living room decent sized. Kitchen has original (heavily painted) cabinets. But very cool. Bathroom is a bit of a mess. Bedroom may be a bit small. Security grate over bedroom window. Fun. Three smallish closets. Plaster walls and ceiling heavily cracked. I’d be nervous hanging anything. No views to speak of. But under budget.
So that’s where I stand after 1 day of apartment hunting. Realtor doesn’t seem super optimistic about availability of apartments now. But I’ll keep looking. Have contacted another realtor, just in case.