Inside my place

10 Apr

When I moved back to Boston from Florida, I had to find an apartment quickly. Not only that, but I had to find one off season. Around here, most people move either June 1 or September 1. It is incredibly difficult to find apartments at other times during the year because the good ones go fast.

Enter my friend the real estate agent. She is a rock star at what she does and it was a huge favor to me that she looked for a place while I was out of state and helpless. When she found my apartment, I was extremely thankful and figured I’d move once the lease was up. It’s now been a year and a half and I am still here for a number of reasons.

  • Location- a couple blocks walk to the beach, restaurants, bars and other conveniences
  • Parking lot- huge bonus in a place where street parking is hard to find and you don’t know how to parallel park
  • Now a month to month lease- can leave if and when I decide to

It has its downsides (thin walls, smelly building hallway, small outdated kitchen… I could go on), but for the time being, I am staying. Moving is such a hassle that it is worth it to go without a dishwasher and washer/dryer for now. Unless of course any of you know of a real estate rental gem I should look into?

My tiny kitchen

My tiny kitchen

Today was Day Nine (or Day I) of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

I am also linking up with Wildcard Wednesday and the GFC Lovin Blog Hop.

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45 Responses to “Inside my place”

  1. megan April 10, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    i’ve been living at my little ranch house for a year and a 1/2 now, and it has downsides as well but moving is a big ole pain and I do enjoy the house…most of the time 🙂

  2. Enid April 10, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Good luck with your apartment hunting, I hope you find exactly what you’re looking for!
    A month of Blog…

  3. Candice @ Just Stay Lovely April 10, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    BOSTONNNNNNNNNNN. I am moving there next month did we already go over this?? If we did oops.. I just get way to excited when I see Boston<3

    although as of now I am living on the streets… I love your tiny kitchen girl<3 its a beauty

  4. Kate Rigby (@mrsdiggerhound) April 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    I wouldn’t mind living a short way from the beach on and bars 😉 Another enjoyable post, liked your post yesterday too.

    Following on Blog Lovin now


  5. Kerri April 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    You found an apartment in Boston that you could afford and have parking? Your real estate friend is more than a rock star, she is a rock God 🙂

    • Another Clean Slate April 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

      You are so right! I would probably get rid of my car if I moved somewhere without parking- it is that hard around here, especially for someone not able to parallel park.

  6. Alice in EW{The Owl's Skull} April 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I’m so very jealous that you are within walking distance to the beach. Thanks so much for linking up at the Wonderland Hop! Alice @ The Owl’s Skull

  7. Mina B. April 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    My best friend moved back to MA from Florida a few years ago. I miss her so much. I think you have an excellent location near the beach my friend.

  8. School of Smock April 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Oh, I miss Boston! It sounds like I moved from Cambridge at the same time that you moved there! I lived from 1997 to last year. I walked everywhere in Boston. I mean it — everywhere! Even at nine months pregnant last spring, I was walking from BU (where I was a doctoral student) over the river and back home to Cambridge. I’ve lived in so many neighborhoods and towns. When we moved to Buffalo (where my husband grew up), I desperately wanted to reproduce everything that I loved about Boston/Cambridge in our new neighborhood. Not quite possible, but we’re pretty close. Our neighborhood is walkable, has funky shops and restaurants, lots of schools around. Still not the same!

    • Another Clean Slate April 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      I love Cambridge but don’t explore it often enough. I always say I need to try some more places over there- so many good restaurants I hear about! I’m glad you found somewhere to make you somewhat satisfied as your new neighborhood 🙂

  9. zoe April 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    I love where I live now and it has none of the amenities. The people, the location, the parking all worth it!

  10. Sunni Morris April 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Just curious to know why you moved from FL to Boston. I’m thinking of moving to FL to get away from the cold, although I don’t relish moving at all.


  11. treadmillconfessions April 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I hate moving–it’s such a pain. Next time I’m going to take my time about it, and get exactly what I want :).

  12. Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren April 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Despite the downsides, it sounds like a great place!

  13. Jean Heff April 10, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    We may be contemplating a move soon and I am totally on your side…moving stinks. I might be motivated to move if I knew it was near a beach, though!

  14. Roberta April 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Ah! Home sweet home! Enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  15. Shawna April 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    Boston is one of those cities I have always wanted to visit! Sadly I do not have the scoop on Boston Real Estate!

  16. Nikki April 10, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    I love that table! Where did you get it. I agree! Moving is a hassle, I’m getting everything settled in here. I like your little spot. Don’t feel bad, I can’t parallel park either.


    • Another Clean Slate April 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      Thank you! I got it at Target 🙂 Glad to know I am not the only one who can’t parallel park!

  17. ejw April 10, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    I agree with you that moving sucks! I have been in my first home for 3 years this month and I haven’t missed the moving process one bit. However, moving always forced me to purge all my junk and I do miss that part! I think I might try having a garage sale this year or something.

    • Another Clean Slate April 11, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      Garage sales definitely help. Maybe you can jump aboard a neighbor’s sale so t is less work for you?

  18. Roxana GreenGirl (@RoxanaGreenGirl) April 11, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    Thank you for inviting us into your house and showing us your kitchen. Also, thank you for the lovely comment left on my guest post on Sommer’s blog

  19. Ida Chiavaro Reflex Reactions April 11, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    I remember a friend telling my old apartment was smaller than a jail cell, yes there were problems but I loved the cosiness of it, and when you have a shitty place in a great location the motivation to get out and explore your neighbourhood increases dramatically, and that’s always fun…. not forgetting how incredibly easy they are to clean. 🙂

    • Another Clean Slate April 11, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      Right! And hopefully you’re so busy that you’re not in the apartment too often any ways.

  20. Sheethal Susan Jacob April 11, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    Your tiny kitchen looks pretty! 🙂

  21. margeryscott April 11, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Sorry, I know nothing about Boston. But one advantage to small is that you don’t have room to collect clutter. Hmm…maybe I should downsize.

    • Another Clean Slate April 11, 2013 at 9:03 am #

      You’d be surprised the nooks and crannies I find to collect my clutter in. Must be some kind of talent!

  22. Holly April 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    That’s interesting about moving on June 1 and September 1. I wonder why…
    I also hate moving. We moved back to Indiana from Philadelphia and then bought a house a year later. While we needed to to accommodate a second baby, it was not fun…oh wait, I was pregnant and didn’t actually do the moving 🙂

    • Another Clean Slate April 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

      Boston is a big college town- maybe they work around that?… lucky you- you should get pregnant for every move!

  23. SixFeetUnderBlog April 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    never been to Boston and my kitchen is small too!


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