For quite some time now, over a year really, we've been in the market for a new apartment. At the time we started looking around, we had lived here for a year, and our contract had run its course, so we were renting month-to-month. We wanted to move somewhere a little bigger, but we also wanted to move somewhere we really liked, a place that had all the things we were looking for now that we're both working and feeling much more financially stable, somewhere we could live for a good few years and that would really feel more like home (preferably somewhere just a little farther from Student Town... We've really liked this area and ward, but there's so much turnover due to the number of students and proximity to campus). We looked and looked, and never really found anything, and then I was called to be the choir director and Julie was called to work in the nursery, and we did like our apartment a lot, and it was a good deal, and there wasn't nearly the sense of urgency that there was the last time we moved (from a place we couldn't even stand living for six months), so we thought we might as well just keep our eyes open and stay at our current place to save a little money until we found the exact right new place, which apparently I have mentioned here on the blog before.
Flash forward about a year. I had by this time started actually working from home, commandeering the dining room table (while we have been relegated to eating dinner in the living room), so we thought it was time to start looking again for a place with another bedroom I could use as an office (and, in the future, as a place for a wee one to spend its nights, as it were). We had done a little apartment hunting here and there throughout the year, taking a few months at a time off, but always checking the listings to see if Our Place ever appeared. We looked at so many apartments that we started to recognize a handful of really common layouts and amenities, and we found quite a few places we were sure we would have been mostly satisfied with, but we never left a place saying YES. We thought after a while we were being a little too picky, but then we thought, if we're going to make a move and make it last for several years (maybe our last place before finding a house?), and since our current contract allowed for it, we might as well wait until we can find the place we want! Still, we adjusted some of our requirements and tried to be a little more flexible.
Then, just as it was starting to look more or less hopeless, and with the unpleasant prospect of another sweltering summer in this oven (especially with me baking in it all the livelong workday), Julie casually mentioned an ad she found on Craigslist. I was hesitant when they didn't include any pictures (tip: When you are trying to rent your apartment, POST PICTURES. Seriously, they really make or break your ad so very much of the time), but I called and made an appointment to swing by anyway, just to take a look. Through some unfortunate circumstances I actually missed meeting the tenants (because I was looking at another place) and couldn't find the right apartment (I had the number wrong), but I looked at the place from the outside, and was pretty much thinking that we had to see the inside as soon as humanly possible. I wrote a few emails and made a few calls and after work we had a chance to swing by on our way up to Park City for the weekend. We walked in, looked around, talked to the wife of the house and her adorable child, and walked out saying YES. By the next day we had been contacted by the landlady and two days later we had signed a contract (we even scored a discount on rent for signing for two years). Apparently we were the first to look at it, so they took the ad down right away. This place has pretty much everything we were hoping for! It's probably twice as big as where we live now, and IT HAS AC. The amenities are delightful, but I'll save them for a later post. For now, this is just breaking the great news. I actually don't have a picture (like I said, they didn't post any...), but I yoinked this one from Google Maps. It's the gray one, second one from the left:
|I'm trying to convince myself that it's not actually smaller than the apartment surrounding it, it's just sort of sunken in so it looks a little smaller from this angle.|
Patience and persistence and perserverance and prayer. Those are the four Ps that made this possible. And I guess that's a fifth P.
So yes! That's it! Great news! Details to follow! Very shortly!