in DC: desperately seeking an apartment

for rent - MJG Mitchell! on flickr

All good things come to an end, I suppose. After a nice 5 year or so run in my current apartment, all signs are pointing to my needing to find a new place to live. Considering that my lease becomes month to month as of… today, I suppose the sooner, the better.

It’s not really a complicated situation, the unit owner works for the gov’t and has been out of the country all this time. He’s now looking to change jobs which would mean coming back to DC and needing a place to live–my place. He tried to give me as much notice as he could, but his property management company seems content to not notify either of us about too much. So when I asked “Hey, what about my lease?” I was told, “Oh your lease reverts to month to month upon expiration, so there’s no new paperwork necessary.” That statement only sounded about ½-right to both me and the landlord, but I take it as a sign that I best get my crap together and get the hell out. With all that I complain about, I do love the apartment. The building and condo board do have their major issues*, but I still like where I live.

My initial apartment searches are reminding me of everything I hate about this process**, so I am asking, nay BEGGING for any apartment hunting mojo, tips, suggestions, word of mouth references, etc.*** Any help is appreciated. I’m not really locked down to a specific area, though not straying too far from where I am would be nice. I also don’t expect to get the same decent rent that I have now, but one can always be hopeful.

At some point this weekend, I’ll be whipping out the cardboard boxes and packing tape, gotta start sometime. I apologize in advance for the extreme mood swings of crankiness and insanity I’ll likely go through over the next month, and the many IMs and e-mails my friends will get saying “You could use a spare set of knives right? Everyone needs knives!” 😈 **** Seriously though, out of the three: the dating pool, job hunting & apartment hunting, that it’s stressful to deal with, it’s the latter that really gets to me, so any help is great.

for rent, by MJG Mitchell! on flickr

* Yes, especially the elevators.

** The amount of spam on Craigslist has increased since I last looked and many of the other listings that seem like they might be real leave out so much relevant information that you wonder if they really even want to fill these properties!

*** This does not include recounting war stories, success stories, telling me of the great place that just got snapped up, etc. That will only cause you to receive the Gaze of Doom® or in some cases merely the Half-Glance of Apathy®

**** Replace knives with any other random kitchen device, gadget, set of books, dvds, shoes, product or goodness knows what else. I acknowledge my clutter and am in no way proud of it.

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9 Responses

  1. Where do you want to live and how much can you pay? I pay $XXXX for a 400-sq foot studio with a view of the Zoo!

  2. Our management company I know has properties all over the city, and I really like them a lot. http://bernsteinmgmt.com.

    latest entry: Mish Mash

  3. Jhim says:

    My building may have some openings. Don’t know what your price range is, but I *love* my building and it is still in the same neighborhood.

    Want me to dig around or send you the building manager’s number?

  4. Shaw Girl says:

    There is an apartment available in my building if you’re interested. The building is nice and quiet and the neighbors are friendly without being nosy…

    latest entry: UPDATED: The Markets are Coming! The Markets are Coming!

  5. Gilahi says:

    OK, I think it’s DEFINITELY time for you, Kyle, and me to hit Vermillion in Old Town and try some of those small-batch bourbons. Kyle will enjoy it, and you’re gonna need the down time. Let me know when, and I’ll be happy to pick you guys up at the King St. station.

    latest entry: Friday Funnies

  6. Brian says:

    I’m doing the apartment search thing myself and also not having a lot of fun. If I think of anything that might be helpful to you, I’ll let you know.

  7. Herb says:

    Really, Malsnay?? You can still get an apartment for $XXXX?

    Good luck. The amount of SPAM may have increased on Craigslist but also the number of freaks– especially in the categories of the dating pool, job hunting & apartment hunting.

    Oh the new blog material I have now…I mean you could have…

  8. brian says:

    @Malnurtured Snay: I’m the same as Herb, $XXXX!? This isn’t an amazon review, I don’t censor dollar amounts.

    @Beauty of Argument, @Jhim & @Shaw Girl: Thanks for the info/listings.

    @Gilahi: Hoo boy, Kyle and Bourbon. You do not know what you’re getting yourself into… 🙂

    @Brian: From what I’ve seen there’s a lot available, I’m still getting my head around the actual apartment hunt. Once the stress wears off, I’ll be a bit better off.

    @Herb: Oh, I already do have some material. Entries withheld until a future date to protect the guilty.

  9. Fredo says:

    Why protect the guilty? Embarrassing them is so much more satisfying. 😈

    latest entry: On the Apartment Hunt

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