Here’s what peeves me:
This weekend, Jeff and I looked at apartments. It was not our original weekend plan–he had a weekend off, and we were going to laze around and enjoy ourselves. But looking casually Friday night led to two full days of hunting. 8 apartments later, and I am a little disheartened. Of course, there were things we loved about each ones, and things that we hated. I think we whittled down a list, however, and finally know what we want:
*sunshine, and lots of it
*windows (to help with above said need)
*Air conditioning, because a year without it was NOT fun
*PARKING (This is one of the most important)
*more than a walk-in-closet sized kitchen
*bathroom that isn’t “old” or cracked or otherwise gross. (Jeff also is not keen on weirdly tiled sink, a commonplace in some places here)
*hardwood floors (I hate carpets, and Jeff also hates them from the dining area, and its seemingly all or nothing here)
*A landlord/manager ON SITE that speaks impeccable English. (We’ve have difficulties in the past.)
*something NOT on a hill, as Jeff DOES bike to work, and would be very appreciative if he could get to and from work in ease.
That being said, we’re looking mainly in the Los Feliz and Franklin Village areas, so we might not get lucky with the hill…We’ll see. Meanwhile, things we do not want:
*a parking space that is exposed (Jeff worries about dings)
*A place that doesn’t pay water/trash (common place in LA, and some apartments we saw yesterday didn’t have the basics)
*a ground level apartment
*something too far from the 101
*A spot in an apartment complex with lots of children and/or college students
Also, we have created a “things that would be nice” column:
*A place that has an area to store a bicycle
*An option for a second parking spot
*A bathtub and a shower without a door but rather a rod.
Any suggestions? Ideas for us? LA is a scary place to find an apartment, but I am confident it’s out there.