I take back what I said. Real apartment hunting is DEFINITELY less cool than fantasy apartment hunting. I was going to make this big, long post seeking advice as to what I should do about my housing situation given my circumstances, but instead, three questions, and responses, regardless of familiarity with living in NYC, are appreciated:1. Assuming all apartments are about the same price, would you rather...
A) Live in a small-ish 2 bedroom apartment in relatively safe area of Manhattan that is close to vibrant nightlife and has convenient transportation to all of what Manhattan has to offer, but also happens to be a lengthy commute from your job (45 minutes to an hour by subway);
B) A nice apartment (hardwood floors, large bedrooms, possibly a brownstone) in a neighborhood-y area of Brooklyn with nice architecture and a lot of young people, cafes, bars, produce markets, parks, and cultural attractions, but it also is a 30 minute commute to downtown Manhattan
and still a lengthy commute to your job (45 minutes by subway/bus);
C) Live in a completely new, modern condo with brand new appliances and a chef's kitchen, a terrace, balconies, huge bedrooms, well-designed interior, and large living room area that conveniently located from your job (10-20 min by subway/bus/walking) but happens to be in a more removed, developing, formerly-industrial area of Brooklyn that does not have much of a community or nightlife and is a bit sketch in reputation2. Would you rather...
A) Live with a flatmate in a 2 bedroom apartment and save about $200+ a month in the process, but also deal with their neuroses and irksome habits (if they have them)
B) Live with two flatmates in a 3 bedroom apartment and save about $300+ a month in the process, but also deal with double the neuroses and irksome habits (if applicable)
C) Live by yourself, pay slightly more than you should, possibly face momentary bouts of loneliness and misanthropy, but have a nice apartment all to yourself?3. Are you...
A) not at all a
B) kind of a
C) a majordouche b if you live in Manhattan (where real estate typically cost more per sq foot) to Brooklyn? Why or why not?
In other news, I'm in Maine for the weekend with my parents and jujukoo
. Lobsters eaten so far: 1. Ridiculous New England accents heard so far: ~.