Alicia and I recently went out to Colorado for Memorial Day weekend and to look at places to live.
We thought one whole day running around the suburbs of Denver would be enough to find a great place to live, but after looking at 8 different apartment complexes, we're still undecided.
We definitely got a better idea of what the areas are like that we were looking at only on a map, and we did find apartments that we liked, but finding an apartment we liked in the price range we wanted proved to be difficult.
Here is the map we used with each of the blue baloons being an apartment complex that we looked at.
After 8 visits with the complex's leasing agents, we had the routine down. We figured out that 4 things were most important in our search for the best apartment: proximity to my office, size (sq. footage), amenities offered, and storage space.
After coming home and talking about the 8 apartments that we saw, we narrowed our choices down to two three that we really liked, but we still want to look around for more apartment complexes just like the three we liked.
Now that we know what we're looking for, hopefully we can find that perfect place that will be a combination of what we really want and what we want to pay.
In a little more than a month, this view from my hotel window while interviewing will be a common view for me. Hopefully Alicia view from the apartment will be a little less skyscraperish.