september, 28, 2003 archives

living criteria

  • one bedroom plus space for work area (another room, an alcove of some sort, whatever)
  • reliable high-speed internet service available (dsl preferred)
  • close to grocery store/shopping
  • close to metro red or gold line
  • on-site laundry
  • kitchen with ample counter space, gas range
  • close to library
  • close to “good” grocery store (something non-big-chain)
  • close to gym
  • directv-ready
  • morning light
  • hardwood floors
  • private view
  • good t-mobile gsm signal

i may keep adding things to the list, but these are the things that came to mind first. it is roughly prioritized.

right now, i’m leaning about 80% in favor of giving notice and forcing a serious search for new living arrangements.

as you might have guessed from the pictures, i spent time yesterday cruising around on the red and gold lines checking out some of the neighborhoods around various stations.

the places i think i’ll end up looking: downtown los angeles, los feliz, hollywood, north hollywood, and near the beach in san diego. that is roughly in order, although san diego is more of a wildcard than anything else. even though i’m totally unconstrained on where to live, thanks to my work-from-home job, there aren’t really any places outside of southern california that interest me enough to make up for the fact i would not have time to look into them seriously over the next month.

buying a house is not something i’m considering. although i’m not thrilled about paying rent, i’m also not necessarily planning on living in my next place long enough for buying a house to be anything other than a losing proposition given my expectations for the housing market. there’s also the little factor of my not really making or having enough to buy a house i’d want to live in.

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