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Old 01-26-2013, 07:59 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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My daughter had a similar place in Aurora, CO. Fewer amenities, and James Holmes lived across the street. However, in true Colorado tradition, lots of parking. She was about 15 min. from downtown Denver. She did have her cat there.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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The only "amenities" my building had were locked mailboxes and a parking lot. The apartment did have floor-to-ceiling windows and a marble fireplace, though.

And orange shag carpet.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:29 AM
 
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My monthly house payment is about $1200. I have 1945SF of space which matches or exceeds the attributes in red:


The other attributes are inconsequential.

[i probably doesn't help that I hate studio apartments]
I highly doubt your 1945 sf home is in midtown Manhattan
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:32 AM
 
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Fair enough. But I'm single and can be in downtown LA in about 1.5 hours if I needed to (and I have done this many times without issue); I'll take the orange over the apple anytime.

[because money is money]
But location isn't location.

1.5 hours from downtown LA is=\= as heart of Manhattan
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:33 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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But location isn't location.

1.5 hours from downtown LA is=\= as heart of Manhattan
It's not as good as 15 min from downtown Denver on East Colfax in Aurora! Location, location, location.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I like the idea of a small studio apartment, especially if in an interesting location. I currently live in a 650 square foot one-bedroom apartment, but I use the bedroom for storage and my bed is in what should be the living room, so I practically treat it as a studio. My main storage issue is the three bicycles I own, but if I lived in a city like NYC, I doubt I'd bother owning any bikes.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:48 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Spouseless and catless, too.

Those are some pretty clever ideas; kinda makes me want to go minimalist.

My first apartment out of college was 15 x 20, not counting the bathroom -- which, ironically, was the largest bathroom I've ever had.
One of my houses was like that. The second bathroom had been a fifth bedroom so it was rather palatial in size.

My spouse is on board for a tiny, spartan place. Though 500 sq ft is a more realistic minimum for us.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:51 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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My main storage issue is the three bicycles I own, but if I lived in a city like NYC, I doubt I'd bother owning any bikes.
Bring one! It's a great town for cycling (and getting better every year). Plus you can bring your bike on the subways and commuter rails for mini vacations.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Handlebars (road bike) make a good cheap bike hanger. Hang it up in an out the way section of a room and the storage isn't really an issue. Only problem is when it rains, which in Seattle was pretty frequently.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:37 PM
 
Location: San Marcos, TX
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Spouseless and catless, too.

Those are some pretty clever ideas; kinda makes me want to go minimalist.

My first apartment out of college was 15 x 20, not counting the bathroom -- which, ironically, was the largest bathroom I've ever had.
Funny, same here! My second apartment ever was an efficiency in a fourplex (old old house). Tiny main room where I fit a double bed and a loveseat and a bookshelf, itty bitty galley kitchen that couldn't even hold a regular fridge (it had to go on a covered/screened in back porch instead). But a HUGE bathroom with clawfoot tub, built in mirrored vanity and cabinets along one wall, pedestal sink.

Heck, that bathroom was almost as big as one of the bedrooms we currently have in this apartment. I miss that tub!
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