158. Finding Your Own Apartment
Julie was tired of living with her parents.
was 22, and just finished college. She started
new job in an office, and didn't want
parents to tell her what to do anymore,
Julie decided to start looking for an apartment.
started by looking at classified ads in the
and checking on websites like Craigslist.
she went to see sounded perfect on the
. It was advertised as a cozy one-bedroom apartment
a view. She made an appointment to view
apartment. When the landlord opened the door, Julie
sorely disappointed. The cozy bedroom barely fit a
mattress and a nightstand. The window actually offered
view of a brick wall.
Julie didn't give
hope though. The next apartment she saw was
as having a renovated kitchen. Since Julie loved
cook, she imagined herself cooking gourmet meals on
new kitchen appliances. However, the broker showing Julie
explained that the only renovations were new knobs
old wooden cabinets. Julie was beginning to lose
. She then saw a listing for a basement
with access to a low maintenance yard. Julie
herself hosting barbecues for her friends until she
that the low maintenance yard was a tiny
Julie decided to stop looking for
that had features she liked. Instead she was
to look for an apartment close to her
. She read a listing for a studio that
close to a freeway. This meant a shorter
. When she saw the place, she found that
studio actually overlooked the freeway, and traffic could
heard from the bedroom.
Julie was discouraged. She
not to move out yet.