Seeking Shelter.

It’s a nightmare out there. I’m not saying this as a location snob, I’m saying it as a person who is genuinely flabbergasted at the places for rent, and what is being charged.

Yes, I have walked the streets looking for the hot deals. People are not putting up very many signs on their lawns, and if they are, they are unreasonably expensive, too small, and they read like polemics from the Coalition For No Fun, Ever:

Clean, bright garden level suite. 1br, $1500/mo. 500s/f. N/s.N/p. No stereos. No parties. No drinkers. No shift workers. Small children upstairs, so must be completely silent from 7pm on.

Craigslist, of course, is a menu of mind-boggling rip-offs, and I’m not just talking about places on the West Side. $2,000 a month for a two-bedroom basement suite in Cloverdale? Come on.

So far, we’ve seen all of four places that looked (in the paper/online) as though they might be suitable. They were not.

$1200 2br top floor of house: It had a big bay window, and E could have fit his stuff in one bedroom. However, the other was too small for our bed, the kitchen was pokey, and we would have had to get rid of the couch and my books to actually live in the living room.

$1295 1000s/f 1br with 500s/f deck: It was fabulous and perfect. There was space for everything. The price was a typo. We couldn’t have afforded it if we tried.

$1325 2br on West 4th: It was subterranean in most places. The kitchen had one high window that opened onto the dirt and debris of some kind of three-by-three funnel in the middle of the building. The back door opened out onto a busy alley, full of cars and dust.

$750 1br on West 10th: Nice balcony, nice bedroom, but, again, no place for, say, living in the living room.

I am growing despondent. At this rate, we’ll have to consider places where it’s harder for us to get to work, and that will take longer to get home to at the end of a long day. Places where the transportation’s not so good. Places that are far from amenities such as grocery shopping or libraries.
Oh, the joy.

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