I know a year and a half is a long time (especially because my year and a half might actually be 2 years) but if I start saving now I want to have an idea of what I’m looking at. So I’m starting to look at areas (and states =X ) that I’d like to live. I’m planning to get a condo but I’ll move into an apartment if the price is right. And by right, I mean under $800 a month which automatically means I can’t stay in Maryland and if I do plan to stay in MD for under $800 a month - i’m looking at the projects or a spot in someone elses house. If I wanted to stay in someone elses house - I’d stay my ass at home with my parents for free.
Basically my criteria:
- Decent neighborhood (low crime rate)
- Not in the city but not too suburban where I can’t walk to anything. Where I live right now I can walk to a lot of stuff - grocery store, some food places (more like carry-outs and subway and stuff)
- Ample parking - I live in a townhouse with my parents now and we have 2 parking spots for 3 cars so because I work nights - more often than not I come home to no parking spot and have to park in a random neighborhood and walk home at like 2 am… safety first?
- Hardwood floors (but I can live with laminate)
- 1 bedroom or 1 bedroom and den
- Space for an “office” area (1 bedroom and a den I shouldn’t have a problem because the den can be an office but i can find medium/large 1 bedroom and carve out space for an office space)
- Full size appliances in the kitchen
- Washer and dryer in unit
- NOT on the first floor but not on the top floor either
- Large walk in closet in master bedroom.
- Allows small dogs
- I would like a building that has like a gym and a pool (how awesome would an indoor pool be?) but I could live without those things because wherever I move I can join a local gym and lots of gyms have pools so whatever.
I know I have a long list of wants that don’t always get met which is why I’m saving so I can afford what I want and not have to deal with the disappointment of not being able to afford what I want.