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Old 11-22-2016, 06:34 PM
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I am renting a studio and it works for me. It forces you to lead a somewhat frugal lifestyle. Ultimately, I would like to own but I really don't have any complaints at the moment.
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Old 11-23-2016, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Living right next to, or at the very least living close to noisy morons.....that is the nightmarish drawback to apartment living.

Filthy pigs also, they find it too hard to throw their garbage into the dumpster........they either just throw it on the ground or pile it up AROUND the dumpster, SMFH.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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Living right next to, or at the very least living close to noisy morons.....that is the nightmarish drawback to apartment living.

Filthy pigs also, they find it too hard to throw their garbage into the dumpster........they either just throw it on the ground or pile it up AROUND the dumpster, SMFH.
Agree.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:32 PM
 
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OP, I applaud your living choice. Much less stress in material things.
There are programs to help on low cost broadband ..
Since you have a child...might be worth researching.

2pts to the Mrs. For sewing
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Old 11-25-2016, 07:00 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Never lived in a apartment and I never could.. It's fine if it works for you but wouldn't for me. My husband had a apartment for a short time before we married and he hated it. Neighbors were always difficult and it never felt like home to him. Space wise, it's no problem. We could easily make a small space work, we bought our home with smaller sqft to keep utilities cost down plus everything else. It's mainly the fact that apartment living is to close for me to neighbors. I also wouldn't want to deal with landlords and issues.. If an issue comes up with our home we fix is ASAP, easy and done. If something breaks it's not always a quick fix. Another big negative to me is the chance of bedbugs from previous tenants.. At least in Ohio they were becoming quite common.

We owned our first home for 6 years and never had any repair issues, maybe once I think my husband had to replace a pipe under the sink and it was less then $10 to fix. Otherwise maintenance was about zero. Our 2nd home is paid off now and we have equity built up (we plan to stay regardless though). Very happy in both homes. So, those who like apartment living and to keep things cheap also is great! It's not for all, which is fine to. We are quite frugal and keep cost of living very low but we own.. Either can work.

Also, great choice about no cable. We have been cable free now for 3 years and never looked back! We just discovered Aldis, never had one in our old town and we love it! Have you checked save a lot for toiletries? If you have one nearby, we have found them cheaper then anywhere else so far.
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:39 PM
 
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I didn't mind apartment living as a single until I rented next to some psych cases the manager tolerates. Is getting more common now to just keep the psych cases and throw away the stable adult renters sometimes....I have to avoid the big city and stick to the poor sections of far-suburbs to afford detached house, but still ended up next to psych case recently. I know there is NO WAY any of the previous residents remained through a 1 year lease, is a rip off. Guy was threatening me repeatedly under bedroom window then started on busting what is outside, couldn't even hold a normal conversation with him at all. Cops refused to do anything...Now I refuse to sign a lease and just ask for month-to-month arrangements....These places were in nice condition and older landlord too, wouldn't think he was a scammer but yeah.

AFter being next to a couple of dirty tenants and nuts, was worth it to pay for a house I could keep up instead of depending on hit/miss repairs of slum-lord landlords.
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Old 11-28-2016, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I rented for most of my adult life, until I bought a house. In all that time there were two times I had loud neighbors & once when a son took over the building & wouldn't fix a problem heater.


Except for the one where the son took over I always had good landlords & good neighbors.
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Old 11-29-2016, 06:39 PM
 
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I got tired renting after having noisy upstairs neighbors. Plus i like having pets and it was hard to find rentals that allowed it.
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Old 11-30-2016, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I've never liked my family members or other people enough to want to share a small apartment with them or be surrounded by people.

I grew up with five other people and one bathroom. I later shared a four room apartment with my parents. No. Just no.
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Old 12-11-2016, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo
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I sold my house in Jan 2012 and moved to a 1 bedroom. I'm socking away about $16k/year more or less and will retire to NM in 2018 unless the state lays me off or they change the retirement plan. I live in CT. I've lived in apts more than homes. Personally a prefer a GOOD apt situation.
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