After spending several weeks searching for just the right apartment, I finally found it! My lease at my last place ran out, and even though I had lived there only a year and actually liked the place, I was unhappy that the landlord had never let me use the garage. This would have given me storage, and an extra bedroom or computer/music room for the boys as the garage had been divided up. Also, when my youngest gets a car this summer, there would have been no place for him to park.
I was really surprised at what I found out there while searching for the right place. The first place I looked at was my very favorite, and it would have been perfect for us, but they wouldn't let us have our dog. I found another cute duplex which was HUGE, but someone else had first dibs. There were other places I found that were terribly overpriced, and one was so icky, there would have been no way that you could have paid me to live there! Finally I found what I feel is going to be the perfect place. The boys really like it too.
Isn't it pretty?
What a cute little entrance. It's effective in keeping any draft from sweeping in when we open the door.
Here is the living room part of the great room, which also includes the kitchen. Looks so spacious!
I hated the light fixtures in my old place, but I love them here. I'm glad that there is a ceiling fan in this apartment.
I just love my new kitchen. Just look at all those cupboards! Look at all that counter space! What an awesome stove and microwave! I can even bring my own refrigerator. I had the option of using the landlord's, but wanted to get my fridge out of storage. I love the pot lights too. I have a window over the sink!
I love the light fixture too.
Somehow, I forgot to take a picture of my bedroom, but I made sure to show my closet. Not sure if it could be considered a walk-in, but it is definitely a step in! I can actually fit all my clothes in here!
I even have my own bathroom! Hoorah! After sharing a bathroom with my sons my whole life, I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this. No more picking my towel up off the floor and putting the seat down all the time. No more whiskers in my sink!
There is even a linen closet in my bathroom. I grew up with a closet this same size and that was just for my clothes.
The boys have a cool bedroom. There is a patio out back, and they have sliding glass doors leading out to it.
They have their own bathroom too off the hallway, and it will also be the bathroom for guests, so they have to keep it reasonably clean.
My oldest boy picked out the shower curtain, but I found the accessories, and the boys really like them. This shell sculpture was from Big Lots for only $10.
I found this Paris poster at Goodwill for $3, but it will cost me $14 for a frame. Still not a bad bargain at all!
I was thrilled that there was a beautiful washer and dryer here! After a year of washing clothes in an apartment size w/d, I can't even begin to express how excited I was over this!
There were some other great features too, such as windows with blinds on the INSIDE! I also have a one car HEATED garage! I had never heard of such a thing, but I think that when my daughter and her husband come to visit, I am going to get a big air mattress and throw down a rug and a lamp and table and let them use it as their bedroom. She thought that was a great idea.
We moved in on Saturday. I am still getting things out of the old place and cleaning there, but will post pics of the new place all decorated.
We are loving it here!