Apartment hunting

I've been in H-town for almost 10 months now. I can't believe it's been that long! Sometimes it feels like I've been here forever, sometimes it feels like a few weeks.

Either way, it's time to start thinking about finding a new apartment. When I first found out I was moving here I was in London. And that I would be moving to Houston within two weeks of returning. I would have to pack up my apartment in CT, move everything to Philly, decide what could fit in my two-door Honda and drive to TX.

So I basically had to find a place to live while I was in another country. And it wasn't easy. And Houston wasn't in the price range that I expected it to be. I thought it would be cheaper than Ct. Not so much. And based on the website of the place I chose and the pictures they put in their gallery, and not knowing anything about the area, I thought it was much closer to this one main shopping center that it actually is. You know, the one with Apple, Sprinkles, Central Market, West Elm, etc etc etc. It's actually 6 miles down the road. And in Houston, that's 30 mins away. And it's not really a great area I'm living in. Not horrible, but not great. So it's time to move.

Now I won't have to move until the end of August, but I do have to give my notice by July 3. So it's time to start looking. And let me tell you. For the areas that I'm interested in, there's not much out there in my price range.

One thing I would absolutely love for a new place would be to be on the top floor! Oh how I would love to not have noisy neighbors above me. You have no idea. I'd like to still have ceiling fans. It's a huge help in Tx. I really want to still have my own washer and dryer.

I think it would be a good idea to live in a different area of town so that I am forced to get to know the city better. 10 months down and I barely know my way around. I def still rely on my garmin a lot.

Moving on...places I'm looking at...

The Marquis Downtown Lofts. Owned and operated by the same company as where I'm living now. Might make the transition a little easier, at the same time...not a huge fan of these people. It's loft style, which I love, but could be bad for my electric bill in the summer.
9900 on Memorial. Super close to work and Memorial Park. Cheaper. Smaller. But may not have w/d.
Then there's the apt site apartmentwhiz.com. If it's to be believed, I could get a great deal on Bayou on the Bend. It's still more than I would pay for either of the other two, but is an amazing building by Memorial Park, close to a Starbucks, Mexican, work and a bunch of other things.
Decisions. Decisions.

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