Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Ask, And Ye Shall Receive

I'm gonna put it all out there.

It's time for this gal to find a new place to live.

After five loving, interesting years in Oakley (remember, there was a peeping tom, a really bizarre encounter with a neighbor, and the man who continued to try to enter my apartment at all hours of the night), I am finally biting the bullet and migrating even closer to the core.

Yes, I already live in the City of Cincinnati, but it's just not enough. Considering I spend most of my social time in Downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine, Newport and Northside, I'd like to find something closer.

I want OtR, baby.

I've had a hard on for OtR for years. I started telling Double Platinum I was going to move down there over three years ago. This time, it's time to put up or shut up.

My current apartment building has transferred ownership, and the new owners want me to sign a 12-month lease.

I've been leaseless for over four years, and I'm not about to make a year long commitment to an apartment that has a laundry list of neglected maintenance needs.

So, I thought that if I told you all what I'm looking for, you (or someone you know) might have a place in mind.

Here's the list:

MUSTS
-One bedroom and one bath. Anything more than that is gravy.
-Dishwasher. This appears to be the bane of my existence. Provide a dishwasher, and many of my housekeeping problems will go away.
-Big kitchen space. I love to cook. I am a good cook. For five years, I've been cooking Indian, baking pies (with crust) from scratch and otherwise making do with about three feet of counter space. I need something a bit bigger to accommodate all of my culinary ambitions. An island would be lovely. Plenty of cabinetry or shelving is a must.
-Hardwood floors. I am really sick of dealing with grungy, apartment grade carpet. This girl wants some hardwood.
-Natural light. I love windows! I'd love to be able to fling open the drapes and let the sunshine in on a gorgeous day.
-On-site laundry. The apartment doesn't necessarily have to include hookups, but I can't be hoofing off to a laundromat to wash my unmentionables.

PREFERREDS
-Off-street parking. In OtR, off street is key. Doesn't have to be a parking garage, but something with some security is desired.
-Security system. Again, not a must, but safety is nice... and I oppose packing heat.
-Outdoor living space. Rooftop patio? Courtyard garden? All good in my book. Something that allows me to enjoy Mother Nature while I'm unwinding after a long day in the office.
-Closet space. Believe it or not, I'm not a clotheshorse. I'm still rocking pieces from my college days (and one infamous shirt from 8th Grade. I know... it's a miracle). But, I DO like my accessories. Shoes. Handbags. Hats. Jewelry. All this stuff needs to go someplace.
-Exposed brick and other industrial aesthetics. I love the mixed media of OtR's condos/apartments. Old and new all rolled in to one. I don't want to move in to an apartment that looks like it was built by Drees two years ago.
-Nearby dining/drinking/shopping establishments. Right now, I can step out the door and hit about a dozen places on Oakley Square. I'd love to be close to the best that OtR has to offer.

That's a pretty comprehensive list. If you know of something in OtR or Downtown Cincinnati that you think would work for me, please shoot me an email at kate@katesrandommusings.com. I'd love to hear about what's available, and whether it works with my price point.

Which brings me to an important point. People - I work in non-profit. I am not an heiress and am not looking for something that carries a four-figure monthly rent.

Game on.

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5 comments:

Lynx217 said...

It has been a long time since I've lived back there (4 years and miss it like hell), but maybe Norwood might have something decent. I have no idea what kind of condition that town is in now though. But I know of some apartments just north of the White Castle on Montgomery Road that wasn't too bad. Wouldn't be a perfect fit for you but I'd think you might find something in the area. Keep us updated if ya find something!
And hey, if you think it's bad there, I'm 30 miles west of Philly and you can't barely touch a 2br apt for under $1000/mo!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Just be glad you don't live in Chicago - or you would be well up into the 4 figure area.

Tony B said...

Too bad you work for the non-profit (for the pay, not too bad that you help others) because the Gateway Quarter condos sound perfect for you. I'd guess your perfect match would be twice your price range.

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Becky said...

Have you looked here:
http://www.downtownecincinnati.com/amenities.aspx

I know people who do live or have lived at all of the properties, and have seen the Lofts at Shilito space (NICE).

Have you thought about buying a place? Your mortgage could be about the same as a (downtown/OTR) rent payment. Just sayin'... :)

christina said...

Hi dear. Did you find a place yet? I wonder if Julie would know since she and the boyfriend were looking. How exciting! We love living in OTR. I only wish now that it was closer to Vine but at the time we bought, Main street was the up and coming. Living across from Nick's place isn't so bad though and we have a driveway parking spot. Good Luck finding something soon.