Friday, March 03, 2006

and the hunt begins ...

Wow.

There are a LOT of shitty apartments and houses out there.

I decided to be proactive and to start looking for a new place to live the day after I found out I had to be out of my current low-rent apartment.

For those of you who didn't peruse the comments section of my blog for yesterday too closely, my landlord — who's a poker buddy and a cool guy — sold the apartment he's been renting to me to his sister, who wants to renovate the place and thus needs me out. It's the only apartment in building of 18 apartments that's individually owned; the rest are owned by someone who hates the fact that someone else owns one apartment, but that's another story. LOL

So I made some calls to people listing in the classifieds section of the newspaper, and a different poker buddy who's a realtor. He took me to a nice little studio apartment a little bit south of where I live. It's a nice place, has a small pool, a little bit of a backyard and a great ocean view. But the owner wants $650 for it, water included, which means with power it will cost me close to $800 a month. Ouch.

I checked out an apartment in a complex about a half block away from me. It's a 1-bedroom, a little more space than the studio. I'm already leaning to this one, which is $500 a month. A smidge closer to work, plus it has a laundry room and a backup generator for when the power goes out.

Two others I looked at ... ugh. One was for $450 a month. I didn't bother getting out of my truck. Building seemed kind of seedy and dilapidated, plus there was a horde of little street urchin children lingering around outside like a pack of post-apocalyptic reavers. Yikes. The second was listed as a "studio house" for only $375 a month. That should have been a big clue, but I went to look at it anyway. Turns out "studio house" means converted shipping container on a shaky foundation with a tin-roofed extension. Got out of the truck, but was scared to enter the place.

I've also had people try to explain their apartment over the phone, all the while trying to avoid detailed explanations, like they were trying to hide stuff. Idiots. I mean, I'm going to look at it before I rent it ... duh!

A couple of friends of mine are going to check with some of their friends to see if they have any decent places for rent in the central area of Guam. I should know on that front by Monday or Tuesday.

But for now I'm leaning toward at the second place I looked at. If nothing else, at least the move wouldn't be a long haul — a lot of short trips would be nicer than a lot of medium or long trips.

Random Guam Fact Of The Day:
• In ancient Guam, young men went from the parents' hut to a communal hut a little after the age of puberty, where they were schooled in the ways of sex. Basically, a kind of female-staffed frat house. LOL.

18 comments:

crscntmoon said...

why not have your realtor buddy school you in the joys of home ownership? seriously, stop building equity for other people!

Mike said...

Well good luck buddy...I feel your pain...moving sucks!

DZER said...

crscntmoon ... it would help if I wasn't a broke-ass, recently bankrupted dumbass with zero assets ... LOL

mike: thanks ... I should save the stress for when I actually HAVE to move though ... LOL

murphy said...

damn moon for being all sensible!!! chicks I swear

good luck with the apartment hunting - try not to lose focus of "potential hot neighbors" alright?

AlwaysArousedGirl said...

"like a pack of post-apocalyptic reavers"

*giggling madly"

DZER said...

murphy: well, I hear there's a unit open near the Regal Beagle ... I'll check that one out! LOL

AAG: so glad I could provide a chuckle ... I mean, giggle ;)

Madame X said...

Reavers. There's a word you don't hear often enough!

David said...

Good hunting!

cutieehpatootie said...

Awww good luck Deez!!!

Seriously, moving has to be one of the useless things to do, but you'll find that place you're looking for. I'd have to agree with you though, that second place is looking good. Gosh, your rent there is soooooooo cheap!!! I pay 1850.00 here in Cali!!! Yikes!

Velvet said...

DZER-You know if you owned a strip club you could just live in the back.
That's what Johnny does!

TequilaGirl said...

Keep us updated on the hunt... you should take pics and let us pick for you! :)

Steppin' On Toes said...

Aw. You gotta move? Hopefully you'll find a nice place. jealous though. damn cheap rates out there in Guam.

kathi said...

I'm hoping the very best for you babe.

SignGurl said...

Moving sucks! That's all I got.

Indigo said...

*gasp*

my er I mean ....... those little street urchin children you said were like a pack of post-apocalyptic reavers were NOT lingering...... they were making some crack money for momma, so stop making my babies sound lazy.


hehehe


seriously though hun, good luck with it all.


xxx

Chrissie said...

Hmm well im STILL gonna lean towards the one with the little bit of yard as that would be perfect for a little dog...

DZER said...

prairie girl: LOL ... and thanks, darlin'!

chrissie: well, believe it or not, it's a no pets place, even with the little bit of yard! can you believe that? the poker buddy/realtor said he'd talk to her about it though ...

Snow White said...

OMG! Did DZER just admit he's "thinking" about a pet???