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Apartment Hunting - A very long Day 1 [Jul. 9th, 2004|09:22 pm]
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So I arrived at the airport this morning (5:50am EDT flight -- I've now been up for about 18 hours) and not only was I selected for the special security search, while I was in line my watchband broke. I tried to get it replaced when I changed planes in Atlanta, but apparently Sunglass Hut isn't allowed to carry replacement watch bands inside of the security checkpoints because the tool you use to change watch bands...is apparently a threat to airport security.

Once I got to my really spiffy hotel I settled in for a bit and tried to find a WalMart to replace the watch band. Apparently I got really close to it, but didn't see it and had to turn back because the relocation specialist was meeting me at 1pm.

She was really cool -- drove me all around Mountain View and Sunnyvale and told me stuff about the areas, also had some amusing insights into the apartment hunting process and the various leasing agents we saw. I probably won't see her again before I leave due to her schedule, but it was very helpful and productive -- I got to see 7 apartment complexes (they're apparently too cool to have "apartment buildings" here in Silicon Valley). They all remind me of luxury resorts with a gratuitous number of pools, absurdly beautiful landscaping, fitness centers (including saunas, steam rooms, spas, etc) and generally some form of monthly social get-togethers.

Its also amazing how alike they all look and sound after a while. I know I frustrated the last one (this was #7, and I had been up since midnight local time and it was around 6pm) when she asked me what specific factors would make a difference in the apartment, I sort of shrugged -- basically every apartment thus far had way more "features" than I needed -- I'm mostly shopping for space, layout, possibly location, and date of availability.

Which brings up another point -- my Pittsburgh apartment at least has a 60 day lease renewal window. Out here it's only 30 days, which means I'm searching for apartment probably 2 weeks ahead of the ideal time for me... (luckily everywhere was willing to endure a 2 week "holding period" where I wouldn't have to move in despite the apartment being available).

Oh, one thing that a few of the places have here that is the best thing ever is that the laundry machines are hooked to the phone system, so you can call them and find out if they are available and they will call you when they finish your load.

Now I go out to find a new watch band, hunt some dinner, and probably go to bed fairly early (well, for this time zone anyway).
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[User Picture]From: kevinmiller
2004-07-10 06:48 am (UTC)

Apartment Hunting

Yeah, Hotel Avante was a pretty quirky hotel.

Our apartment search in NC sounded much the same. We actually put in an application at the first place we saw, and there wasn't too much difference between it and the others. So we just made it easy and decided on that.
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2004-07-10 05:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Apartment Hunting

So did you visit other places or just sign the lease when you showed up to see it?

Amusingly, the first place I saw is currently the leading contender...
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[User Picture]From: kevinmiller
2004-07-10 09:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Apartment Hunting

Yeah, we saw 4 or 5 other places. We rejected one but the others were basically the same. No lease signed yet but we'll do that when we arrive.
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2004-07-10 10:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Apartment Hunting

I just filed an application for the first place I saw.

I did reject 2-3 out of the 7, but the last 4 were pretty much even. The final factor was that this one was closest to work at 1.5 miles, and thats quite bikable should I decide to start doing that.
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[User Picture]From: krchicken
2004-07-10 12:59 pm (UTC)
mmm, californian aparpment complexes are crazy. the problem is there is nothing old there.
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2004-07-10 05:14 pm (UTC)
Depends on the definition of old. Nothing I saw was older than the 70s, but there have been seismic code updates since then, so...

Apparently not many people think to ask about how the building are constructed, since I stumped atleast 3-4 out of 7 of the apartment-showing people with the earthquake-proofing question.
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[User Picture]From: krchicken
2004-07-12 07:58 pm (UTC)
yeah, earthquakes will do that. but new apartments try too hard or something. i personally don't like suburbia, and big apartment complexes seem somewhat similar somehow...
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[User Picture]From: muppetaphrodite
2004-07-11 09:33 pm (UTC)
If you want to see dated-looking stuff, go drive around San Jose. The whole place is run-down 60's strip malls [except for downtown, of course]. Two of my friends hated San Jose so much that they moved back to Pittsburgh.
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[User Picture]From: muppetaphrodite
2004-07-11 09:34 pm (UTC)
Also, I am jealous of this "relocation specialist" you speak of. When Maxis moved to Redwood City, our "relocation specialist" was named Craigslist. ;( Grrrrrr.
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2004-07-12 05:11 pm (UTC)
Overall the relocation package has been very nice -- they do all the hard, obnoxious stuff, and I get to point at things and say "I want *that*" :)
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[User Picture]From: krchicken
2004-07-12 07:59 pm (UTC)
silly maxis *P
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[User Picture]From: sarahnade
2004-07-12 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, one thing that a few of the places have here that is the best thing ever is that the laundry machines are hooked to the phone system, so you can call them and find out if they are available and they will call you when they finish your load.

Hmm, they have that at the complex I live in. Odds are it's the same one. I've tried that feature, but never seemed to be able to get it to work. maybe I didn't try hard enough.
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2004-07-12 04:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the three places that had it all had an identical looking system.

Of course, all the places seemed to have pay-by-smartcard (or similar looking system).
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