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Monday, July 17, 2006


Imagine this: you have a friend who owns a lovely apartment downtown. You've visited it before and have always found it to be quite lovely, although a little small. But it's still charming in a quirky, boho sort of way. Your friend recently got engaged and is moving to the suburbs to live with his bride-to-be. He wants to keep the apartment to rent out, but he has had no luck finding an appropriate renter. He offers it to you at a huge discount, no security deposit. Taking the apartment would mean totally uprooting your life at a moments notice and occupying yourself with the business of moving, a business you hate. You'd also experience a huge lifestyle adjustment--going from 4 roommates to none.

The offer is the stuff of urban legends. Units like this never go for the price available to you. But you have to decide soon, as its a decision that affects many people.

But, you'd have your own charming apartment with which you could entertain friends whenever you want and have your very own little haven from the world around you, and you'd be in walking distance of a ton of cool places. You would also be free from the politics of group houses, even though your current one is rather drama free. But you may also finally feel like more of a grownup, and would no longer have to feel slightly embarrassed when strangers ask you where you live and who you live with.

What do you do?


Blogger Lickety Split said...

Sounds to me like you want it. That's a good thing. How short notice would you have to give it up? Is that if he doesn't get married (which I assume is an unlikely event)?

Unless you particularly love your roommates....I say go for it!

3:05 PM  
Blogger Needtsza said...

Change isn't such a bad thing. Yea, it'll be hard to move so quickly but if you have enough friends that will visit and the location is closer to things you like and go to, then there isn't much of a question to me.

If you love your roommates, you can still visit all the time. Or have more people you can invite out to drinks, but you'll be able to go home and know that where you left your remote, is really where it is when you come back.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous E2 said...

go, go, go...i will help you move.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous bill said...

I think you should take it. You gain control over one very important aspect of your life, and privacy. You can have the guests you want when you want them. I know that moving is a huge pain, but from the sound of it this is a rare opportunity especially given the DC real estate market.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Hey Pretty said...

How I love my readers! Did I mention it's tiny? Yeah. That's a problem. As I have mentioned before, I don't deal that well with change (and yet this year has been all about change). I have a pro and con list going. That's helping to put things in perspective.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Michael J. West said...

How tiny is "tiny"? And is the rent compatible with the size?

Even not knowing those answers, my instincts all say, "Take it. Take it. Take it."

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless recently released from jail or a psychiatric facility, no 30 year old should be living in a group house.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woooooo, take the jump. :)

Plus, your old solo apartment was super cool - i'm sure with new financial benefits you'd make this one even better!

- DS

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the former "anonymous" doesn't understand that in certain circumstances, group houses can be a total blast.

That being said, even a small single apartment is a cool switch. Does it have a smoking deck?

- DS

5:47 PM  
Blogger Hey Pretty said...

I think I'm leaning towards no, actually. It's really short notice and that makes me uncomfortable.

7:21 PM  

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