We found a place to live in Northampton! Assuming our application goes through, we'll hopefully hear at the end of this week. Being home-owners ourselves the rental agency ladies were quite positive about assuring our probability, so I'm going to go ahead and write this blog about our new apartment.
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The white door to the right of the awnings is the door that leads to our staircase, to our apt door! There's also a back entrance that brings you up a wooden staircase and deck-landing, that door brings you right in to our kitchen. We'll have a parking spot and perhaps most importantly, the snow will be removed for us!
It's small. The leasing information lists 6 rooms but even as we tried to stretch it we only counted 5. We'll have to condense a lot, and get creative with the space, but nevertheless we are falling more and more in love with our new home and can't wait to settle in.
What's there to love about it, you ask?
Here are 10 reasons to begin with:
- The apartment is above Northampton Coffee, Beehive Sewing, The Oxbow Gallery and Ye Ol' Watering Hole. Huzzah!
- It has hardwood floors throughout, except in the kitchen.
- We are a 7 minute walk from my office - either through town or via the rails-to-trails path that spans several states.
- We are two minutes from I-95 which Markus will take to Bradley airport in CT another state I can't quite spell out perfectly yet.
- There's a rails-to-trails path opening literally next to our building.
- We are minutes from the Iron Horse Music Hall where we just discovered our favorite MS band, Rosco Bandana will be playing July 26! and Calvin Theatre.
- Go Berry is down the street. It's ah-mazing. And we already have our favorite brunch spot selected: Sylvester's.
- In addition to that local treat which we had twice during this 24 hour visit there are over 92 restaurants in Noho and a diverse cuisine - burger places, Thai, Indian, Moroccan, sushi, tapas, a raw bar, Italian, Mexican, and from what we've seen, pretty much everything is locally grown!
- Not only is Ye Ol' Watering Hole an awesome dive bar, it's also a beer can museum over 4,000 beer cans on display and the owner seems like a great guy, he was very friendly and told us all about the establishment, the area, the crowd that visits the bar (read: it sounds like we'll fit right in).
- We won't be "house poor". It costs half as much as any other place we looked at.