When we talk about rentals, we so often focus on the worst. While it can be fun to share nightmare stories and tales of bad landlords and unkempt apartments, let’s forget about all of that right now and take a stroll on the other side of the tracks.
Let's talk about the best place you've ever lived, the one you lucked out in getting, the one you still think about today.
For me it was a 1970's three-story condo in Vegas that we lived in from 1998-1999. There were these condos that I would drive by, fawn over, and fantasize about what they must be like inside. They were the kind of places that people bought and never rented out, so thoughts of actually living there never really entered my mind.
Until one day we (my boyfriend / now husband and I) drove by and spotted a for rent sign in front, and with bated breath flew back to our current crappy residence and made the call. That day we were in a giddy daze as we met the landlord and got the long awaited tour. It was much, much better than we could have ever imagined. It had a two car garage, three stories, 30 foot vaulted ceilings, french doors that opened onto the tree covered community pool, three balconies, a full laundry room and basement (that turned into a darkroom and studio), a sunken living room, a walk-in closet in the bedroom, an oversized circular tub with his and hers sinks in the master bath, and a built in library/office on the third floor that overlooked the living room. And all for $800 a month (which at the time was a huge stretch for us).
Now don't get me wrong, it didn't come without any flaws. It was from the 1970's and hadn't been updated, so it had the 'charm' of wall to wall orange shag carpet and yellow vinyl floors. But seriously, that is the last thing we cared about. For us it was like living in the lap of luxury. We stayed there for two years and the only reason we left was because we moved out of Vegas. We knew that after living at the Calle Del Valle that our future homes would only go downhill from there, and that prediction held true for the next eleven years.
What is the best place you've ever rented? You know, the one that was so hard to leave. The one you compare every other place to. Share below...
(Image: Marina Replicates Her Boston Home House Tour)