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Offline Living in Gin

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #30 on: October 26, 2012, 03:23:16 PM »
I am left wondering how LiG lived in NYC for so long with his dishwasher demands. The only people I know in NYC with dishwashers are very wealthy.

I never had one living in Europe. It was inconvenient, but only slightly (much more intolerable were the standards my European friends had for cleanliness when they hand-washed dishes). I can't imagine it ever being a dealbreaker on an awesome apartment.

There's no comparison between the rental market in Cincinnati and that of NYC. In NYC, tenants compete for apartments. In Cincinnati, landlords compete for tenants.

I made do without a dishwasher in NYC because my options were limited; I was happy just to have my own apartment without a roommate and be near a stop on the express train. In Cincinnati, I can afford to be much more selective.

OTR: How current are the listings on the UrbanSites website? It's been my experience that the website doesn't necessarily reflect what's currently available.

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #31 on: October 26, 2012, 04:53:36 PM »
OTR: How current are the listings on the UrbanSites website? It's been my experience that the website doesn't necessarily reflect what's currently available.

That might be the case. At least with this new wave of units, I know they'll be posted online as they become available mid- to late-November. I'd check it everyday and would even consider calling them.

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #32 on: October 26, 2012, 05:45:47 PM »
I am left wondering how LiG lived in NYC for so long with his dishwasher demands. The only people I know in NYC with dishwashers are very wealthy.

I never had one living in Europe. It was inconvenient, but only slightly (much more intolerable were the standards my European friends had for cleanliness when they hand-washed dishes). I can't imagine it ever being a dealbreaker on an awesome apartment.

There's no comparison between the rental market in Cincinnati and that of NYC. In NYC, tenants compete for apartments. In Cincinnati, landlords compete for tenants.

I made do without a dishwasher in NYC because my options were limited; I was happy just to have my own apartment without a roommate and be near a stop on the express train. In Cincinnati, I can afford to be much more selective.

I agree. But still, I can't imagine finding an awesome apartment and turning it down because there's no dishwasher.

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #33 on: October 26, 2012, 09:26:55 PM »
I never said a dishwasher was a must-have item. But it's a fairly basic appliance that most apartments in my price range now include, and if an apartment doesn't have one, there had better be some other redeeming feature about the apartment that makes it worthwhile. As far as I can tell, the McAlpin Apartments don't have any such redeeming feature. The lack of individual HVAC control is much more of a deal-breaker for me than the lack of a dishwasher, anyway.

Now that the dishwasher issue has been thoroughly beaten into the ground, can we please get back on topic and help me find a place to live?

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #34 on: October 28, 2012, 06:13:16 PM »
My old neighbors had a portable like Northsider is talking about & it backed up & flooded the kitchen routinely.

Oh no!  They must have had a terrible model - ours was a hand-me-down for a friend that at this point is almost a decade old and we've never had problems with it.

from Northside's Bits and Pieces newsletter, this place sounds very nice:

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Spacious 850 s.f. first floor apartment in a four unit apartment building @ $725/mo. The apartment functions as a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment, both rooms are connected. The apartment has hardwood floors, high ceilings, large living and dining rooms, IKEA kitchen with refrigerator, DW, range and microwave, balcony and coin laundry in Basement. Water is included; all other utilities are paid for by tenant. Call 513-910-2202 to schedule a walk-through. Pets okay, though pet deposit is required.

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #35 on: October 30, 2012, 12:51:24 PM »
Here's a place I virtually lived in in Mt Auburn.
Semi finished attic, nothing is square, no central AC, used to have a 2 car garage.
It's actually a nice 1895 place. Toilet room is separated from the bathroom with a heater in the wall in between. Nothin' like a warm place to poop.
It's far enough down Highland that the BS at McMillan shouldn't be an issue.
http://www.century21.com/property/2220-highland-ave-cincinnati-oh-45219-CBR19618845

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #36 on: October 30, 2012, 11:27:48 PM »
Unfortunately, I'm not really in a position to buy anything, and won't be for a few more years. Otherwise I'd buy something in OTR and fix it up myself.

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #37 on: November 08, 2012, 01:35:32 PM »
No money has changed hands and nothing has been signed yet, but it looks like I'll be getting a place in Clifton's Gaslight District, on Senator Place around the corner from Skyline Chili. (No dishwasher, alas, but with the time I save commuting I should be able to find time to wash my dishes by hand.)

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #38 on: November 08, 2012, 01:40:51 PM »
Don't even wash 'em. It's European not to.

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #39 on: November 08, 2012, 02:18:13 PM »
Wash them, but don't rinse the soap off. Just put them straight in the dish drainer. That is the Euro way as I learned it. I'm sure the continent is not monolithic in its (in)sanitary practices, however.

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #40 on: November 08, 2012, 03:15:59 PM »
I'll be going full-on hipster by making my own organic soap from locally sourced raw materials, and using a natural sponge harvested from the ocean floor by Indonesian peasants.

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #41 on: November 08, 2012, 06:19:53 PM »
well....
Has the place got room for an Indonesian peasant? A good size storage bin would probably be ok.
It'll need air holes.

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #42 on: December 10, 2012, 10:35:16 PM »
Just a quick note to say that after much wailing and gnashing of teeth (mainly due to having my car's transmission crap out in the Inland Empire just as I had hit the road to Cincinnati, which involved a $2650 rebuild and four extra nights in motel rooms), I finally arrived in Cincinnati this past Saturday. It's good to be back home again.

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #43 on: December 11, 2012, 01:06:17 PM »
Cars suck!

Welcome home. Can't say I'm not a little jelly.

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #44 on: December 11, 2012, 01:17:25 PM »
I bet a lot of transmissions crap out in the Inland Empire.

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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #45 on: December 11, 2012, 01:51:58 PM »
Mine had been showing some symptoms of trouble for a while, but I had my mechanic in Santa Monica look at it twice and he said it looked fine. I was hoping to nurse it along back to Cincinnati and have my mechanic here look at it, but it had other plans. I think 30 miles of stop-and-go rush hour traffic through Los Angeles on a Friday evening, with the car loaded down with all my stuff, didn't help. The long uphill stretch of I-10 just east of Covina is what finally did it in; the Aamco guy in Upland said most of the internal components of the transmission essentially welded themselves together due to extreme overheating. I'm just happy this happened in the LA suburbs and not out in the middle of the desert somewhere. Good news is, they installed a heavy-duty transmission cooler along with the new tranny, so hopefully I'll get a few more years of life from my car, as the engine and body are still in good shape.

In retrospect, this whole co-op experience in California was a huge mistake on my part. While it wasn't without its good points, it certainly wasn't worth the enormous financial and personal sacrifices I made for it. I should've just done this co-op with a local firm in Cincinnati, kept my apartment in OTR, and used part of the money I would've saved to take a nice two-week vacation to the Pacific Northwest. Oh well, live and learn...
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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #46 on: December 11, 2012, 02:18:19 PM »
You must have learned something about how much you would or would not desire a career move to LA. That's part of the magic of the co-op: a low-commitment way to test out a possible career move.

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« Reply #47 on: December 11, 2012, 10:22:14 PM »
LA was never my first choice for this co-op; I was hoping to end up in Seattle or Portland. When it became clear that wasn't going to happen, I should have just stayed local instead of accepting a low-paying position in LA and giving up the life I had worked so hard to build here in Cincinnati. (And the co-op wasn't supposed to last for eight months, but a scheduling screw-up thanks to UC's semester conversion left me stranded out there for an additional semester. If I had been working for a local firm, that extra semester would've just meant more money in the bank, instead of using it all to pay for moving expenses.)

I met some great people and the work experience will look good in my portfolio, and I hope someday I can look back on all the sacrifices I made to make it happen, but for now I'm just not seeing it.
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Re: Moving back to Cincinnati
« Reply #48 on: December 11, 2012, 11:25:16 PM »
Well, welcome back!