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Updates from Chicago…

September 6th, 2004 Leave a comment Go to comments

So, the question of the day is: “do we have a place in Chicagoyet?”… And the answer is an unfortunate “heck no!”… Here’s aquick summary of our apartment hunting last week (after we got toChicago late on Sunday night):

Day 1: We were tired from the late arrival the night before, so wewere late getting out of bed… We met with one of Bhairavi’s oldcolleagues, Ardi, who lives in Chicago to get an idea of where tolive… The candidates are: Lakeview, Lincoln Park, DePaul, orWrigleyville… We met with an apartment finding service called Apartment People. After seeing a few high rise buildings, we realized everything here is oldand expensive, and we were depressed… Our expectations were way outin left field compared to reality… We spent the evening drivingaround with Ardi to get a better idea of the place…

Day 2: Being a little more familiar with the area, we ventured outagain… After gaining a better understanding of our needs based onyesterdays ventures, Dan from the Apartment People took us to see whathe felt would be better matches for us… We saw a few more old highrises, and some old houses which have been converted intoapartments… Most of the houses were over 100 years old, and hadlaundry facilities in a damp basement that made me think of my fungalwater bottle… All the floors creaked, and the walls were eithercracked, or so poorly plastered that they weren’t flat… We did seeone high rise (2555 NorthClark) that we really liked, and figured that if we didn’t seeanything we liked on Wednesday, we’d sign on North Clark… By theway, we were looking at a 1 bedroom apartment at North Clark which wasabout 850 sq. ft… The rent was $1311/month, and parking was anadditional $114/month… Most utilities were paid – we’d payelectric, which was estimated at $50/month… Total cost – a whopping$1475/month!!! I had left Columbus expecting to find a two bedroomfor a $1,200/month – boy was I wrong…

Day 3: We realized that North Clark was expensive and figured thatthere have to be alternatives… So we looked at more old placesconverted into apartments in the hope of finding one that was recently”gutted” (torn apart and rebuilt)…. We found no such thing…Although we had decided to sign on North Clark by the end of the day,it just didn’t feel right… We spent the rest of the day looking andbouncing around the idea of living a little further out so thingswould be a little more affordable… By the end of the day we weretired, frustrated, and confused… I had decided that I hatedChicago…

Day 4: We looked at loft apartments on this day…. Primarily oldfactories and such converted to apartments… We saw a couple ofthings we liked, but they all ended up costing about the same as NorthClark… We had planned on looking downtown, but never got to it…By the end of the day we had realized that if we wanted somethingcheaper, we weren’t going to like it; and if we wanted something we’lllike, it’ll cost about $1500/month… That was the truth – we’d haveto accept it…

Day 5: My father is leaving for London soon, so we have to head toColumbus to see him before he goes… We were going to drive out onFriday afternoon… Being completed exhausted, frustrated, anddisappointed that we weren’t able to find something, we bounced aroundthe idea of just heading back to Columbus and not looking atapartments downtown… Then we heard the voice of reason (soundfamiliar Adam?), and decided to go downtown… We saw a couple ofplaces and really liked one called Presidential Towers… Rather thanhave me ramble on about it, you can read about it here… We leftChicago thinking this could be the place… It’s right in downtown, alittle further down the street from Sears Tower!! And the rent is$1133, with $175/month for parking, and all utilities but electric(which is estimated at $25/month) are paid… Total cost -$1333/month!!

Over the weekend we bounced around the idea of renting versusbuying…. Heck $1300 buys a sizable mortgage… But then werealized that we don’t know the area well enough to buy, and that weshould wait a few more months…

Okay, this post is long… So, I’ll save my ramblings about everything else for the next one…:)

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