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When we began our apartment search, my boyfriend stated that his only rule was no clawfoot tub. A strange request in my eyes, but compromise is key, right? So we searched for places without clawfoot tubs and without wall-to-wall carpet, by my request. These parameters gave us a starting point, because although we didn't know exactly what we wanted, we knew what we didn't want.

It wasn't until we laid eyes on our future apartment that we realized one of the most important things we were looking for in a home. The living room and bedroom were flooded with light, which was a complete change from my current, very nice but very cave-like, apartment. I have always been a firm believer in natural light benefiting your mental health, and having lived in our apartment for over a year now, I've come to the conclusion that good natural light is irreplaceable. It literally makes me smile more, and that's not something I'm willing to give up.

For some it's a washer and dryer, for others it's access to outdoor space. When you walk into a new space, what aspects make your heart sing? What could you absolutely not live without?

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