Good Questions: What to look for in a new place?

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In last week’s open thread, AT:LA reader Kim asked a good question that already has gotten a few responses, but we felt deserved it’s own thread: “I’m moving to a brand new city and need ideas of what architectural aspects to look for in an apartment that lend themselves to design. Can any ol’ apartment look spectacular with the right pieces? Or does the apartment itself have to be spectacular?”

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Personally, I’ve always let cost and location be the first deciding factors for any new potential home. After that, would be if the space meets my lifestyle needs. And then finally, I try to embrace the space, and let it “speak” to me in terms of decorating. That being said, however, I don’t think there’s really any right or wrong. It’s more about what’s most important to you. Clean lines, good floors, nice windows, and ample storage are always helpful to start with. Yet sometimes, you can fall in love with a space that is nothing like what you started out looking for. If you keep an open mind, that can make all the difference. What do you guys think?