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Apartment hunting pet peeves

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1. Floor-to-ceiling windows.

Maybe it’s because I spent five years washing windows, but when I see “Floor-to-ceiling” windows advertised as a key selling point and I see windows that are not in fact stretching from the floor to the ceiling... I get angry. Like this awful, awful example on Craigslist.

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Here’s what floor to ceiling windows actually look like, grabbed from a 2 second Google search. This is a super common window layout in Seattle high-rise apartments built in the last two decades. A million times nicer than the *luxury* garbage that’s being built locally and offered for a similar price. The windows are a key part of elevating the design.

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2. Poor room layouts. Now this one is going to be dependent on the needs of the people living inside, but as I was scrolling through floorplans I realized some of these places seemed to be designed without ever once giving a single thought to the inhabitants.

Here’s an example. There was a 2bd/2.5bath townhouse I came across. Upstairs, behind three sepperate doors you had two bedrooms, and the half bathroom. Downstairs... You had a full bathroom next to the garage and another full bathroom at the other end of the floor. This place was built in the last decade.

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WTF?! Having to go downstairs to shower, and having to share a half bathroom with a roommate when there are another two bathrooms basically wasting space? Ugh.

Here’s a *good* layout as a pallette cleanser. 2bed/2bath apartment. The entire left wing is a master suite. Bedroom, walk-in closet, private bathroom. The entire right side is a master suite. Bedroom, walk-in closet, private bathroom. Maximum separation for maximum privacy, and full suites for each person. It’s even symmetrical!

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3. It seems like there is absolutely nobody currently building apartments at any price range with anything other than shit-tier workmanship and materials. From $600 1 bedrooms to $4500 1 bedrooms, these places are all using the same contractor-grade fixtures, cheap carpet, thin underlayment, rental-spec appliances, etc. And they look like they’ve been put together by a couple of drunk apprentices. Nothing like having a just-built luxury apartment complex charging $3000 a month for studios that have shower pans that are angled away from the drain and windows that fail within a month of installation...

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4. All the cool industrial lofts are gone :( I count... Zero on seattle CL. I want to live in an old brick school. A firestation. An abandoned warehouse. *sigh*. Someday.

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And number 5. You’d think prices would drop given economic disaster, insane unemployment levels, world-wide pandemic, etc. That does not seem to be the case. Maybe they’re just not rising *as quickly*

Woo-hoo.

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