I think Washington State is one of the most expensive states to live in (I really don’t know how Seattle compares to other large cities). Our sales tax is one of the highest in the country (9.8% in Tacoma but it varies from county to county. Fun), and we have the highest pay rate per hour at $9.32. This basically means that the apartment choices for someone in who is low on the middle-class list is you don’t get very much for your money.
I’ve checked out 3 places so far, and here is the breakdown…
$700 for 700 sq feet, a tiny-ass washer and dryer, and a kitchen from the 40s that looks like it was repainted about a dozen times. It has built-in cabinetry and no patio storage (dafuq?). At least it comes with a dishwasher, albeit a very small one. Seems almost worth the price considering the location is good, but then they tack on $70 for W/S/G, and I’m like “$770 a month for that place? Uh, no thanks…”
They have the uncanny ability of making the place look good, that’s for sure.
The 3rd place seems more my style. It’s in an area of town I used to live in. Not the best, but not really the worst area either, and I know it well. It’s $725 for 675 sq ft and was built/updated in the 80’s. Full size washer/dryer, patio storage, very quiet location – and W/S/G is included. Problem is, they only have around 36 units and not all of them are 1 bedroom. So, it’ll be a test to see if they have one when I’m ready to go!
What about you? Do you rent? How to they compare?