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So, remember all that about moving and then not doing so? Well, as fate would have it, a new place opened up in the complex I wanted to move into. It's a large, spacious, 2,560 sqft. monster of an apartment, in which I will soon be cohabitating with three other dragons you may already know and love. Oops.

But yes, that. This will mark the first time I've ever moved into a shared setting where I have every intention of being social, and I'd like to talk about it.

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Not Moving

Mar. 20th, 2011 11:24 pm
goldkin: goldkin tsa whuh (tsa whuh)
So, I decided to stay after all. Try as I might, I just couldn't get my inner creative designer to agree with the decision.
TLDR, in which I battle my inner demons for temporary ownership of a townhome )

Moving

Mar. 8th, 2011 12:43 am
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Sometimes, things unexpectedly change for the better.

On February 14th, I received my lease appraisal for the next year. I'd been expecting a double-digit percentage increase in my lease terms, and I was correct: my current lease of $1,050/mo for a one bedroom flat will be rising to $1,200 if I were to renew two weeks from today.

I say "were to renew" because I won't be. While I've enjoyed living in Archstone Redmond Campus, I've been completely priced out of the market for one bedroom studio apartments. Other apartment communities in the area aren't much better: $1,140 per month nets me a smaller unit in the community next door, whereas $1,070 would net me the same square footage, two bedroom, in Redmond Campus' sister community, Archstone Redmond Hill. However, their apartments come with an unexpected bonus: mold problems, associated with buildings that've been around since the 1980s.

Left with expensive or suboptimal options in the market for flats, it was by sheer luck that I discovered, for what I'd be paying Archstone over the next year, I could instead pick up a 780-square-foot, three story townhome near downtown Redmond.

The discovery came by way of a brilliant upsell on the part of my leasing advisor, whom tried desperately to sell me on the attached, private garage. While I'm a frequent driver, the real sell is the location and the psychological impact of living in a multitiered home again.

My new townhome faces outwards on a little gardened cloister that reminds me very much of the green at Trinity College. Only, instead of having to fly 12 hours back to Dublin, this is located in the center of Redmond, well within walking distance of the local transit center, QFC, Trader Joe's, and local favorite, Soulfood Books. The community is somewhat quiet, the area is nice and treeful again, and I'll be in easy reach of bus 545 -- which is vital, since my employer is moving to a larger building in Greater Seattle, coinciding by pure chance with the $7 tollmageddon set to go live on the 520 bridge. (The proposed structure is $3.50 each way without transponder, $2.50 otherwise. No, thanks.)

I suppose I'm surprised mostly by my fortune. I got what is admittedly a good deal a scant two days before the community closed out their one bedroom models and raised the rates. Going by the reviews, the worst I have to look out for is a minor bug problem - something I've already been informed isn't an issue by a current resident in my building - and stable rental rates year after year. This means I should look forward to paying an increased rate next year (given the closeout rate), which I'm entirely fine with.

But more importantly, my new home gives me options that I don't currently have with a one bedroom flat. With the greater physical separation and the general improvement in my mood in recent months, I'm considering willfully taking on a roommate for my first time since, well, ever. Of course, my insidious goals are to cook more and to become more social, which justifies the added aggravation coordination associated with having a roommate.

We'll see how it goes. Once I'm happily settled in, I'll try to follow up with pictures. Most likely, that will include more details behind the lock.

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Oh, and hey, I do still exist! I'd recently been on another writing hiatus, which I've found is caused by sodium-induced wordlessness. It's nice to be able to think clearly again.

On Moving

May. 12th, 2010 10:37 pm
goldkin: i has book (Default)
This week marks my third since moving to Redmond. In the interim, I've started a new job (reprising my role as a software engineer), packed, moved, and partially recovered from a communal living situation gone horribly wrong.

For the first time since I left my former employer, I have my own apartment, situated happily near work.* I also moved relatively close to [personal profile] kistaro and [personal profile] blackvoiddragon, both of whom were terrific in helping me juggle my personal belongings and sanity during the transition.

Thanks for that!**


This had originally been a much longer (and earlier) post. However, given the residual effects of social dysphoria and the general ennui of moving, I'm deferring the details for now.

Fortunately, I have all the time in the world to recover.

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* Leaving a stable, reasonably paying job as an engineer, in this economy, wasn't easy. It was the right decision, for reasons I'll discuss at a later time.

** Okay, you deserve a bit more thanks than that, as you both know. ;)

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