I have an apartment!
I haven't wanted to jinx the process, so I haven't discussed my apartment-hunting trip or the place I'd set my heart on--but since my credit and reference check has gone through and the landlord and current tenant seem okay with my preferred move-in date, allow me share my enthusiasm for a moment.
You will recall that I currently live in a studio; in fact, I've lived in studio apartments ever since I graduated from college, and although my current place is the nicest in that series--large and lovely and quirky in ways both good and bad--I have long harbored a dream: the dream to live in a place with more than one room.
Well folks, that dream has now been realized.
Here are the specs: my new place is a beautiful one-bedroom with a full kitchen, a small separate study, and a balcony out back. It has 13-foot ceilings and enormous windows, including a big bay window with a windowseat. Original Victorian moldings and floors (hardwood and tile) throughout. Oh, and? It's in the city's leafy, lively arts district: across the street from one museum; two blocks from another; three blocks from a third.
And of course, it's only 70% of what I'm currently paying in rent (and 55% of what my landlady intends to charge the tenant who replaces me here).
So~~let's hear it for economically depressed regions remote from other major cities!