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Feb. 5th, 2006

We looked at quite a few duplexes and houses this morning, and weren't impressed. They were in the price range we wanted but none of them were in the quality range we wanted. There have to be places around $600 that are actually nice. We'll find 'em, we're patient. :) This last place looked worse than this one - smaller and less finished and there was even mold on the bathroom ceiling! But it had chickens in the back yard, which was cool.

Next on the agenda is the Super Bowl, and I'll be doing some crochet design for the next CrochetMe and straightening up the place during it I'm sure. And I bought more brussels sprouts so we'll have some tonight. Mmm.

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shetwinkles
Feb. 5th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
I don't think one could even find a place out here for $600 at the VERY LOWEST quality level. Maybe a studio in a very bad area. It's ridiculous.
rivulet
Feb. 5th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't think I could deal with living in southern California very well. I like my Oregon. :)
rini
Feb. 5th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
I'm really surprised you're having trouble finding a good place in that price range. Maybe it's because of all the students... In Portland, from what I know, it's not hard to find an apartment for $600 or $650 that's pretty dang nice!
rivulet
Feb. 5th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
It's not fun to live in a college town - either your apartment is trashed because of former tenants, or the places around you are trashed. And it doesn't seem like landlords care too much - I would probably give up on trying to have a presentable place if my tenants kept making a mess out of my properties.
oregongirl
Feb. 5th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
The best time to shop is toward the end of the school year. Then, you can find the better places. But, it's still ridiculous what they can get for a filthy hovel around here; you cram three college students into one place and they each pay 300 bucks- that's $900! The college kids don't care about the condition. They're either so happy to be away from home or cannot wait to party and trash the place. landlords know this and take advantage of it. We "normal folks" end up on the losing end.

I've been in the same apartment for more than ten years -- just because the thought of trying to find something better that I can afford scares the heck out of me.
rivulet
Feb. 6th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
Another sad thing is that I could go to Eugene, but it's also a college-y town and I'd have the same problem. And I don't want to drive an hour to get to work every day. Argh.
oregongirl
Feb. 6th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
I have coworkers who make that commute. I could even afford to buy a house down there, but the idea of being stuck with a 2 hour daily commute (total, to and from) just makes it not worth it to me.
There's also Albany, but I don't really like Albany too much.
rivulet
Feb. 6th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
I don't like it very much either, and I hear there's a ton of crime there too. But I'm getting to the point where I'm going to have to start looking there, I think. Though I'd rather live in someplace like King's Valley or somewhere that's on the rural side of Corvallis.

How much are you paying for your place, may I ask? It's over by the Benton Center, right?
oregongirl
Feb. 6th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
It's a commute, but I have friends that commute from Dallas (via Kings Valley, through Philomath). They love living up there. They report that taking the backroads are more scenic and actually quicker than Hwy 99.
Still, it's a freaking long commute.

We're near Benton Center (actually, on the corner of 10th and Fillmore, about half a block from the old Royal Pacific Lounge. (I'm so glad that bar is closed down.)
I pay $560 per month with onsite laundry and storage. I also have a fireplace in my apartment.
I rather like them, but after ten years, my carpet is shot and the place needs painting. So every once in a while, I get the urge to move. Then I go through what you're dealing with and decide that the old carpet is tolerable.

The one problem is that while my place allows cats, it doesn't allow dogs. But I believe that the Marcola, across the street, does.
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