Revisiting Our List
When we started looking for a new place in June, I threw a list out into the Universe. It was a list of requirements and then some ideal qualities that might happen in an ideal world.
So… how’d we do?
1. Location: Within a 20 min walk of the Oak Park Metra Station. Quiet building, ideally no more than 4 units.
A+: 10 minute walk to the Metra. Single unit building.
2. Cat friendly.
A+: Also includes a window with a great view for Gus.
3. Price: Less than $1200, preferably less than $1100.
C+: $1200/month plus utilities, more than we wanted to spend but worth it in the grand scheme of things.
4. Appliances: Must have dishwasher; laundry in building.
C: Laundry on the main floor but no dishwasher. However, our dishwasher at our old place never got things clean, so at least we won’t have to do dishes twice anymore. Cheaper water bill?
5. Size: Two bedrooms, but we will settle for one large bedroom. We both have our own dressers that we’d like to fit in the bedroom.
A+: One large bedroom, one small bedroom, and one office/den. Score!
6. Outdoor space: Porch or balcony connected to unit.
A: Small space in the front, which includes a couple garden plots.
7. Parking: At least one spot included, garage not necessary but preferred
B-: No parking included, except for when the landlord goes to Florida for the winter, then we can have his space.
1. Duplex/two flat, with two levels in unit.
A+: Single unit carriage house with two levels!
2. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, open floor plan, exposed brick, vintage.
B+: Hardwood floors, high-ish ceilings, open (enough) floor plan, vintage… no brick.
4. Located 20 min walk south of Metra/Green Line. That way Joe can commute via Metra and I can commute via the Blue Line.
B+: 10 minutes south of the Metra, which makes my walk to the Blue Line about 15 minutes. Good enough for me!
5. Storage area or lots of closet space.
B: We have an attic, which is great for storage, but there is a severe lack of closet space.
Overall grade of our new place: A-
It’s not absolutely ideal, and it’s not our dream place, but it’s darn close. Of course, I wouldn’t mind a few more outlets or a few more closets (and oh, how I’d love not to have mouse problems), but it’s far better than we thought we’d get. We definitely thought we’d be back in an apartment, but we found this darling carriage house in our new landlord’s backyard and knew it was perfect for us. Granted, it’s basically a 100-year-old barn with living quarters upstairs, but it has character. I’m simply obsessed with it.