And go downtown… things will be great when you’re… downtown… you’ll find a place for sure… downtown…
So after my friend/co-worker drove me all around the entire city of Nashville a couple of weekends ago, I’ve really gotten in the “holy shit this is really happening we could really be moving to Nashville soon and the insanity that is my commute from Murfreesboro could almost be over!” spirit.
Unfortunately, houses are really effing expensive in Nashville. Even the ones in East Nashville, which I really, really liked (and which I had heard would be cheaper than most of the rest of Nashville). And sorry, I’m not moving to Antioch or Madison or Nolensville. I left Chicago to get away from the ghetto-ass neighborhoods, and I’m not going back to that in Nashville, of all places.
Apparently I have been taking my 1280 sq. feet, two bedrooms, two and a half baths, two walk-in closets all for under $800 a month for granted. Well, no, I don’t take it for granted. I fucking love it. But every time it takes me two hours to get to work, or three hours to get home, I love it a little less. This is our first house and I’m really attached to it, but god damn. Why can’t we just take Murfreesboro and LaVergne and switch them? That way I could still have my little college town that isn’t so little anymore, all my friends, and my cheap mortgage but not go batshit insane driving 75 miles a day to and fro work??
Anyway, Ian will be starting an internship in Nashville pretty soon, and when that’s over he’ll be graduating and most likely starting a new job in Nashville as well. And as cheap and as awesome as our house is, it doesn’t really make sense to have two people driving 75 miles a day, fighting traffic, risking accidents, and wasting—at a minimum—two hours a day just sitting in the car.
So right now we’re torn between buying something or renting something for a year until we are ready to buy again. On the pro side of renting, we have:
- Makes the move easier (don’t have to be selling and buying at same time)
- Can have time to save up a little more money for bigger/nicer house while not having the commute from hell, instead of just buying whatever we can afford and then have to buy/sell/move again in a few years.
- Even if we just rent for a year, we’d rent a badass loft/apartment downtown, making it easy to live it up and enjoy the last years of our young, single, childless livelihood (not that we’re planning on having kids next year or anything, but let’s face it: We’re almost 30. It would be fun to live downtown and be able to party and then walk home. Think of how much liver damage we could incur!)
- Wouldn’t have to worry about buying an old house and having to fix it up on a very limited budget
- I have always wanted to live in a loft. Always. I used to daydream about it in school when I was younger.
But, of course, we have pros for buying another house right away, too:
- We would have our own driveway (this would be a must with the new house). I’ve never had my own driveway, and I am the biggest parking nazi ever. I HATE when I can’t park in front of my own house here because some assbag is having a kegger and invited 40 people over.
- It would be our own place, again. We could basically do whatever we wanted to it without worrying about having to paint it back to original color, etc.
- Wouldn’t have neighbors in close corners. No banging on ceiling/floor/wall. I haven’t had to deal with that in almost four years, and I think it would be hard to hear bigfoot clomping around upstairs again.
- No pet deposits or paying a bajillion dollars for parking.
- Money we made from townhouse would go straight into new house; wouldn’t have to pay capital gains or whatever tax you pay when you don’t immediately reinvest your money into real estate again. I think. Does anyone even know how that works?
So anyway, I think this week we’re leaning toward renting a loft for a year (but last week my mind was set on buying a cute tudor or cottage-style house), and these are the places we’re going to check out sometime soon:
If y’all have any info or any feedback on any of these places, or know of some other cool lofts that aren’t ridiculously expensive, please holler at me!