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Old 04-26-2015, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I lived in a friend's condo for about a year. She had a full-size washer and dryer in her unit but it wasn't built to accommodate such. The dryer had nowhere to vent to. So the vent hose went to a bucket I was supposed to fill half-way with water to catch the lint.

The arrangement didn't work all that well. It took clothes a long time to dry.

I know the OP is on a tight budget but one of those compact European washer/dryer/all-in-one units sounds like it would work in an apartment. With the LL's approval, of course.
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:11 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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In my state the subsidized senior housing never has washers and dryers and many other apartments for seniors make you share with the other residents. It's right in the lease that it's not allowed. Plenty of condos don't allow washers and dryers either but I've seen people sneak an apartment sized washer into their unit.

I would hate to share a washer, especially as I get older and it gets harder to haul the laundry around, never mind the extremely cold and icy winter weather and the sweltering summer weather. It seems cruel to do that to seniors.
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:16 AM
 
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In my state the subsidized senior housing never has washers and dryers and many other apartments for seniors make you share with the other residents. It's right in the lease that it's not allowed. Plenty of condos don't allow washers and dryers either but I've seen people sneak an apartment sized washer into their unit.

I would hate to share a washer, especially as I get older and it gets harder to haul the laundry around, never mind the extremely cold and icy winter weather and the sweltering summer weather. It seems cruel to do that to seniors.
W/D's are the norm in subsidized senior housing here in Texas. Most of these complexes have been built during the last 10 years. This complex is typical. The W/D's are usually a stacked combo in the utility closet. Problem is they just can't build the complexes fast enough, there are waiting lists.

For non-senior apartments like the OP is looking for, almost all the complexes built in TX since the mid-1990's have W/D's. But someone looking for non-senior low-cost or subsidized housing will likely end up in an older building not constructed to accommodate unit W/D's.
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Old 04-27-2015, 02:26 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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W/D's are the norm in subsidized senior housing here in Texas. Most of these complexes have been built during the last 10 years. This complex is typical. The W/D's are usually a stacked combo in the utility closet. Problem is they just can't build the complexes fast enough, there are waiting lists.

For non-senior apartments like the OP is looking for, almost all the complexes built in TX since the mid-1990's have W/D's. But someone looking for non-senior low-cost or subsidized housing will likely end up in an older building not constructed to accommodate unit W/D's.
Wow that is beautiful. Guess I should be checking out that area too!
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Old 04-27-2015, 02:41 AM
 
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Wow that is beautiful. Guess I should be checking out that area too!
There are many of these complexes throughout Texas. Far as I know, there's no state residency requirement, if you're income qualified. But I could be wrong, you should contact one of the complexes to be sure.

DH & I have substantial income that would put us on the long-wait list for one of these units. But we can look elsewhere and we're more than OK with that, we're happy Texas provides decent housing options for seniors. Including washer/dryers!
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Old 04-27-2015, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I lived in a friend's condo for about a year. She had a full-size washer and dryer in her unit but it wasn't built to accommodate such. The dryer had nowhere to vent to. So the vent hose went to a bucket I was supposed to fill half-way with water to catch the lint.

The arrangement didn't work all that well. It took clothes a long time to dry.
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Was it a gas or an electric dryer? If gas, it must vent to the outside for safety because the exhaust contains carbon monoxide from the combustion.
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:44 AM
 
Location: I live in reality.
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I've noticed in my searches for Arizona rentals that many places do not have washer/dryers in the units or even washer/dryer connections. The rentals I've found with those are in "luxury" rentals. I'm not looking at independent living or senior care facilities. I will admit that I'm on a shoestring budget.

When I was young, I didn't mind hauling laundry to a facility but was annoyed by the "in-use" machines. I'm sure I could use a luggage carrier to help me haul laundry but that doesn't fit my picture of "retired life".

I think the RE developers are missing a target audience of retirees looking for affordable rentals. Not all retirees want to own or care for property. I would think with our tech age that having a washer and dryer would not be a luxury!

So I'm wondering, am I alone in my thinking?
I'd NEVER take a rental without full washer/dryer available in it, ESP as a Senior. One fall for us can mean months of rehab or being homebound. I fell off an elevated bed in my mid-50s and broke a lower leg and forearm and still had to do laundry. I took my office chair, that was on rollers, and put the clothes basket on it and rolled through my home on crutches pushing that a step at a time. I can't imagine what a mess I would have been in if I had to go to the laundromat during that time or depend on my son to commute from college to help me to to do laundry. It was 7 months and several surgeries before I could do my laundry 'like normal' again.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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I've poured through the AZ listings again and units with even hook ups are few and far between. I expanded my search to include NM & NV listings and also few and far between. The ones I've found through the TX link provided biscuitmom and a few other sites are all located on the east and south side of TX. While that one TX firm has the washer/dryer, many of the others in TX do not.

I really don't understand all of the 55+ communities with facilities instead of in unit washer/dryer or at least hook ups!
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I really don't understand all of the 55+ communities with facilities instead of in unit washer/dryer or at least hook ups!
That's an easy one to understand: It's more expensive to provide a washer/dryer in each unit. And it's also more expensive to construct the building with hook ups than without. That's not the same as saying it's the best choice, just that it's understandable.

I'm 71 and still go to the laundromat even though I have hook ups in my townhouse. I just never got around to buying a washer and dryer when I bought this place 14 years ago and I can't seem to get motivated to do so. (It's not a question of money). I suppose a lot of it is simply what we're used to. Yes, going to the laundromat is less convenient that having machines at home, but to me it's just not a big deal.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:15 PM
 
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I'm 71 and still go to the laundromat even though I have hook ups in my townhouse. I just never got around to buying a washer and dryer when I bought this place 14 years ago and I can't seem to get motivated to do so. (It's not a question of money). I suppose a lot of it is simply what we're used to. Yes, going to the laundromat is less convenient that having machines at home, but to me it's just not a big deal.

I am not sure that it is any more inconvenient to head to the laundromat. You can do four loads of wash at once and you can be out of the place in two hours.

When you do it at home, it seems to take all evening ...
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