Adventures in Apartment Hunting, part 1

It’s that time of year again- time to find a new place for Iggy and I to hang our hats.
I usually enjoy finding a new place to live- there’s something about finding a brand new space and making it your own that I really love. But sadly this year I’m moving away from my beloved Hyde Park- HP’s the new West Campus now that West Campus is becoming the new Riverside- and heading southward to Soco or Oltorf or thereabouts. I always see ads in the Chronicle that sound perfect, so I called a bunch of people yesterday and went out to look with a locator that afternoon.
I had told the locator where I wanted an apartment and how much I was willing to pay, but that I was flexible. She made me drive from campus all the way out to Anderson Mill in rush hour and THE FIRST THING she says to me is “I didn’t even look in South Austin because it’s going to be too expensive. How far north do you want to look?” Already I knew we were going to have an issue.

I was floored. Didn’t even look? Don’t they pay you to look around here? So she showed me three places- one on Bull Creek (eh) one well outside my price range on Burnet (?!?!) and one that’d be perfect except it’s on North Lamar and said the management was rude. Being on the tail end of my tenure with the World’s Crappiest Management (three months with no A/C from August to November, among other things) I’m not willing to go there and do that again. I really liked the place though…
I talked to my best friend later that day and she was supremely weirded out as well that the locator didn’t even LOOK in South Austin. Yes, I know everyone’s being displaced from West Campus because of the construction. I’m aware, locator. They’re moving next door. Hyde Park’s for grad students and undergrad students who don’t want to live anywhere near other undergrad students, and, like I said, that’s swiftly changing. You don’t have to keep telling me that. But I find it so hard to believe that there’s no place whatsoever in south austin to look when other people are taking me out this morning to see them.
Sigh. Carry on, apartment hunter. Carry on.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jonathon (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

    I KNOW! We just started looking for a place. We live South (down in Barton Hills — pretty inexpensive as South Austin goes), and want to find someplace bigger in the same zipcode.

    North is tempting, but it’s just so lame!

  2. ttrentham (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 4:28 pm

    I know someone who recently moved into the Barton Lodge complex near Lamar and Ben White. It’s got a less than stellar rating from, but they got a pretty good deal and the location’s pretty damn good. Their experience so far confirms that the management isn’t the most responsive, but they’ve been relatively happy so far.

  3. Rantor (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 11:15 am

    If you’re not looking for someplace in a complex, it can pay to check out the desired neighborhood street by street. Many duplexes, garage apartments, and small houses are never formally advertised. If word of mouth doesn’t rent these places, a small sign out front takes care of it, usually in under a week.

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