A brief comparison of my old and new apartments, and the neighborhoods containing them:
Time to Work
Old: 20-35 minutes, depending on traffic.
New: 10-15 minutes, depending on traffic.
Old: Grody, easily stained and horrific to clean carpet.
New: Hardwood floors.
Old: Termite-infested cabinets, linoleum from the 70’s, barely enough room to turn around.
New: Brand new everything, marble floor, granite countertops, decent size.
Old: Tiny, with the sink and mirror in the hall for some reason.
New: Still fairly small, but self-contained. Marble tile on the floor and in the shower, brand new fixtures.
Old: Large room, tiny closet.
New: Moderate size room, huge closet (which I’ve basically turned into a storage area.
Owner/Management of Building
Old: Extremely sketchy company that is quite possibly a front for the Russian mob (How many legit property management companies do you know that operate out of a PO Box?).
New: Single owner that people have actually seen, using a property management company with actual offices.
Closest Fast Food Restaurant
New: 99¢ Only
Old: Massive public high school, right out my window.
New: Language magnet school four blocks away.
Distance From Beach
Old: 1.7 miles
New: 2.3 miles
Old: Cat couldn’t get out of the building, could only see other cats in the building.
New: Cat keeps trying to run out the door into the neighborhood every time I leave the house, other cats come to the window and mock him until he starts yowling at them.
Old: Gated and underground, but with a tendency for the gate to get stuck at inconvenient times.
New: Off street.
Winner: Old, but not by much.
Old: Elevator, prone to breakdowns and squeaking like a crying child.
New: One flight of stairs.
Bottom line, there are a few things about the old place that I’ll miss, but the new place is far, far ahead in all the areas I really give a shit about. And I probably shouldn’t live two blocks from an In-N-Out Burger anyway.