Have you heard? We’re moving.
The thought of moving yet again is truly harrowing but resigning the lease on my current space was not an option for the sake of preserving my sanity. More to come on that in a post entitled: My First Chicago Apartment, A Horror Story.
In a few short, we’re moving a few short blocks into my favorite little pocket of Bucktown—into a space I can only hope will become the apartment of my working girl dreams. Truth be told, I knew I wouldn’t be resigning on my current place fairly early on. I initially signed this lease sight unseen because, well, pandemic + I wasn’t living in this city at the time. It was in the neighborhood I wanted and it was cheap. A little too cheap…more on that later.
Around Christmas, I connected with a new real estate agent and was looking at property to buy or rent. I wanted to keep my options open: interest rates were at an all-time low but the market was insane. Remember that TikTok that compared the housing market to an apple? Accurate. In April, my new rental came on the market and while it was great, I wanted to keep my options open—I wasn’t settling this time. (I’m a homebody by nature + I work from home. My is home space is really important to me.) When I viewed the apartment, the landlord told me he would be removing the July listing to re-list for June and when I didn’t get my application in that night and had to wait an excruciating week for the listing to be reposted, I knew this was my next apartment. In the meantime, I continued to stalk Zumper, Zillow, Domu, Apartments.com, Trulia, Hotpads, Apartment List, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist, looking for better options within my budget. The more I stalked, the more certain I felt about this new place. Don’t get it twisted—that can be a dangerous game but I’m thankful for the reassurance.
So, here we are. Moving again but into what I hope will be my home for the next few years. And because of that, I feel confident about investing in furniture and artwork for the first time in my life. I’ve been living in rentals for the past decade and always convinced myself that since I didn’t own the space I couldn’t make it mine. That’s no way to live! From swapping out light fixtures to shower heads, I’m working on a post about upgrading your rental on a budget. For now, I’ll leave you with some of the newest additions to the new space.
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