Praise the Lord, we have a home!! Despite the stress of finding one, we really are lucky we found one in 3 weeks! Due to how hard it had been, we were quite worried that come July, we would still be looking.
We wanted a 1br and we wanted to eventually live in the Courthouse/Rosslyn area of Arlington...and that's exactly what we got...although we weren't looking there yet for fear we could not afford it.
However, we are signing on a lease Saturday that is the opposite of what we wanted immediately. We thought we would sublet or at most, sign a 6 month lease --for a tiny studio. This way we could figure out exactly what we could afford (on two salaries) and where we wanted to live. NOT to mention, we could save a but each month in rent.
But, sublets for studio/1br apartments proved hard to come by. And 6 month leases often added cost to each month's rent due to the short term nature of the lease -- so you don't save very much. And, as I've shared before, studios weren't an option at many Virginia apartments.
So when Dave's friend gave us this lady's number and it was a 1br in the area we liked for 100-150 more than our originial short term budget, we decided to jump in to a 12 month lease. I didn't want to get stuck somewhere I didn't like for my than 6 months, but this is where we want to be and we are likely not going to find a good deal like this again for awhile. It was more than we budgeted for the first few months but less than we were planning to spend on our first 12 month lease, so it evened out!
I just think it's funny how apartment hunting changes you views of things. I wanted a sublease to figure things out first and now I am so relieved to have a 12 month lease and know I won't be moving again for awhile! We had ideas about what we thought was best, but God opened and closed the right doors at the right time.
A little about our place: its a 1br with a parking space in a small 3 story apartmemt building with maybe 12 units in it. It lacks the amenities like a pool or garage but is clean, 2 blocks from the metro, in a safe residential area, has laundry on site, and has hardwood floors.
The little street we will live on is great -- sidewalk for running, condos, homes and apartment complexes! BUT its a 2 block walk to the main street full of restaurants, bars, etc. There will soon be a new metro line (the silver line) -- coming late summer/spring that goes all the way out to Tyson's Corner/Mclean, just a few blocks from Dave's office, so soon he can avoid the traffic too and just hop on the metro. (SEE, from Courthouse all the way out to Tyson's Corner!)
So come see us everyone :) we would love visitors!! BUT give us some time to get our furniture moved in (late July/early Aug) Just imagine it with my mid century pieces, a few handmedowns and LOTS of MS prints (with all my pics of oxford, auburn, jackson, cotton, etc, no one will doubt where my heart belongs!)
OH, and a little about our new 'HOOD: COURTHOUSE
A few days ago, when it seemed every place would fall through or not work out, I said to Dave: "I am ready for this move to be exciting again!" Moving far away from family and friends is still stressful, but as the details work out, it gets exciting again. Sure, I don't have a job yet and money is tight, but the Lord has been so good to us and will continue to faithfully walk us through every life situation we face, including a move and marriage within a few weeks. I can't wait to see the life we have ahead of us in Courthouse!