Just yesterday I started looking at apartments. I made several phone calls and checked the Kearney Hub for rentals that are opening up soon. One of my roommates is moving to Texas in May, so my other roommate and I need to find a new apartment with two bedrooms. We found one that we liked the price of, but we hadn’t gone to look at it yet. When I got Dr. Hanson’s email, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go observe it.
When I arrived on the street, I was surprised to see it was located in a nice neighborhood with charming houses that appear to be fairly new and expensive. The streets were wide and spacious and lined with tall trees. The trees of course were dead because it’s winter, but I pictured how they might look in the summer and fall. They would be full of luscious green leaves and turn to rich red, orange, and yellow in the fall.
As I drove down the street, slowly approaching the exact address I was looking for, I noticed the charming houses were becoming less, and apartment complexes were coming into view. I rolled up in my car to the address I had be looking for. I found myself say, “Huh,” as I put my car in park and sat there observing the outside. It wasn’t a bad “huh,” it just wasn’t what I was expecting I guess.
The first thing I noticed about the building was it’s color. It’s a pale yellow building with dark orange trim. One of a kind I would say. And one of a kind it was. It was the only apartment of it’s kind in the area. From my observations of it’s size, I would say there are only 6 apartments in the building. I would also guess they are all two bedroom apartments judging by the windows.
I continued to look around the outside of the building, now looking a little closer at the details. I noticed one of the apartments had a satellite dish mounted outside of its window. This made me wonder why they would have a dish and not Charter or something along those lines. I also noticed a lot of cords and wires running along the perimeter of the building. Not sure what these would be, but it wasn’t very attractive. The cords were held down with metal clasps that were then screwed into the side of the building. Nifty, huh?
Looking in the windows, trying not to be obvious or creepy, I noticed that one of the apartments had all of the blinds closed. I assumed this must be the apartment that is for rent; the apartment that might soon be mine. I was somewhat disappointed because this particular apartment was in the basement. It’s windows were only halfway above the ground, meaning it is going to be dark in there.
The one thing that allowed me to look past these few negative aspects was the website I had looked at prior to my observations that had pictures of the inside of the apartment. I was pleased to see the bedrooms were of good size and had a fresh coat of white paint on the walls and decent looking tan carpets. The kitchen also looked large, with a dishwasher, fridge, stove, and double sink. I couldn’t complain too much.
However, today I was just observing the outside. I have an appointment tomorrow night to observe the inside.
As I sat there a little longer, I decided to check out the parking lot in the back of the building. It was spacious and I assumed it wouldn’t be hard at all to find a parking space if I did live there, so that was a plus. I noticed in the back that the windows in the same apartment that were closed in the front were also closed in the back. This confirmed my suspicions that yes, this was the apartment I may live in soon.
Lined along the back of the building were several grills. Small, medium, and large in size. I’m not sure why there were so many grills or why the tenants stored them all outside, especially in the winter. What was even more bizarre was the fact that there were more grills than apartments. I believe I counted eight or nine grills and only six apartments. Who knows, maybe someone who lives there really likes to grill.
As I drove back around the front of the building, I again couldn’t help but notice the awful cords running all around the building. I also noticed a few cracks in the outside wall here and there, but at least they weren’t on my side of the building.
Looking at the front again, I admired the cute little sidewalk that leads to a cement front porch that all the tenants enter through to get to their designated apartment. The door was glass and had a typed sign taped to it, but I was too far away to read what it said. Now I kind of wish I had read it. Maybe it said “DO NOT TOUCH THE CORDS, THEY WILL ELECTROCUTE YOU.”
Overall, I liked the apartment and liked the neighborhood it was located in. I reset my odometer when I left and realized it was exactly one mile away from campus and a pretty straight shot which is great. Besides the cords, I didn’t have much to complain about. We’ll see what tomorrow brings when I see the inside of it.
I got one picture when I first pulled up on my iPod before it died. I plan on driving by again tonight to snap a few more.