Monthly Archives: January 2007

That was fast…

That was fast…

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Jason here. Remember that Mission apartment Jen mentioned on Sunday? The one with the huge garden? Yeah, it’s awesome. It was the first one we looked at, and I don’t think we’re going to find another one that nice (for the price–$1875). It’s one of seven units in an old—but recently remodeled—Victorian house. The unit…
They say money is the root of all evil…

They say money is the root of all evil…

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s Jen. I feel like I haven’t sat down at a computer without checking Craigslist in the past four days. Jason and I have pretty much decided that the Mission and Noe Valley will be our target neighboorhoods, the main reasons being that they’re pretty conveniently located to the BART and they’re two of the…
Major Cities with Cheapest Rents!

Major Cities with Cheapest Rents!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston are without doubt terrific cities; but you’d be right foolish to believe that they’re the only American cities worth living in. With some rents in major metropolitan cities rising upwards of 10% this year, it might be time to consider certain other roads, or zip codes,…
Renovation gamble that paid off

Renovation gamble that paid off

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our friend Ned reports how he gambled and won in the renovation game. A recent Temple University grad, he is now living in the Society Hill neighborhood in Philadelphia in a totally renovated rental. Here’s how he did it. ”As I watched another open house-attendee write a check for the unit’s deposit, I berated myself…
Recon

Recon

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Jason here. The apartment hunt officially began this weekend, when Jen and I went up to San Francisco and scouted out a few neighborhoods that we are considering (SOMA, the Mission, and the Castro). We just tried to get the general feeling of the neighborhoods; whether it was fun and safe (will probably have to…
Success- Kind of

Success- Kind of

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Well its as simple as this. I got an internship at a newspaper and I love it. I’m transitioning out of academia, to the newsroom?- or somewhere else. I’m applying for a teaching assistantship in France next fall and I have an internship at a magazine this summer. I will only be in DC until…
Starting the Search in the City by the Bay

Starting the Search in the City by the Bay

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hello from San Francisco—kind of. Jen and Jason here, reporting fromPalo Alto, California, where we just moved in together. Here’s our story… Jen: I just moved to California in December—until then I’d been living in New York. We’d been doing the long distance thing for awhile and I knew I’d be moving eventually, but when…
DC real estate woes

DC real estate woes

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We went to see another condo. It was located on 16th Street- near Dupont Circle, U Street and Downtown-prime property. The ad was in the Sunday paper and we knew it was a good deal at $350′s. First perk; 24 hour doorman. The realtor showed us the condo, on the sixth floor in an older…
Condo dreamin’

Condo dreamin’

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
OK, so I’ve decided against even going to see the Woodner, but school starts at the end of next week so I gotta get on it. Some new, really nice options have been presented to me. My parents always talked about getting a condominium in Washington to have another property in the city. Well, I…