As you probably have seen on Instagram by now, the Houzz tour for my (not so) new apartment is LIVE! Carrie and I participated in this shoot back in January, and while a lot of our (ok, my…) decor has changed, a lot is still the same (aka Carrie’s room and our downstairs!). What can I say…I love rearranging from time to time, so my room is always slightly in flux!
I also thought I’d take this time to answer a few frequently asked questions about our place–many of which I’ve discussed on the blog over the past year (but I know answers tend to get lost in the shuffle!).
Q: How did you find your apartment?
A: Believe it or not, we found it on Craigslist! Carrie and I had visited tons of different rowhouse apartments, mostly in the Eastern Market area, but were having trouble finding something that fell within our price range, was convenient to public transportation, was located in a safe neighborhood, and most of all, felt like home! This place was truly a gem of a find in that it checked all of those boxes and more. I have a detailed post about DC apartment hunting where I talk about our whole process and include several tips if you’re starting your own search. I also shared some “before” pictures of our place in this post.
Q: What’s the building like?
A: It’s old and small in population–but charming! Our building used to be one person’s house (my room in the attic was probably the maid’s quarters). There are about 8 different units now, most of which are studios or one-bedrooms. Everyone is roughly our age, but we’re the only roommate pair living in the building, so it’s definitely less of a “social” atmosphere than many of the buildings that cater to 20- and 30-somethings downtown. We live up two long flights of stairs (which don’t bother me too much, but my friends who live in elevator buildings definitely notice when they come over!) and are on the top floor of the building along with one other unit. We’re fortunate enough to have a roof deck that is only accessible from our unit, which makes for the perfect private spring/summer entertaining spot. One downside is that there is only one washer and one dryer for everyone to share–they’re located in the basement–but we were willing to forgo having one in-unit when we saw how much else our place had to offer.
Q: How did you handle the move with the spiral staircase?
A: Omg, it was a nightmare–not really physically, because I hired movers, but logistically and financially. Basically, I had started contacting moving companies to give them a heads up about my October 1 move-in date before Carrie and I even knew where we’d be living. I didn’t want that date to fill up and knew that even if we didn’t find a place by then, I needed to still get everything out of my Georgetown apartment and take it to my parents’ house (thank goodness Carrie and I were both local–it took a lot of pressure off having to find a place by October 1, since we knew we could always live at home for a bit). Once our apartment application was approved, I called the moving place back to let them know that the logistics would be a be more difficult than I’d anticipated–the room I was moving into was located up a flight of narrow wrought-iron spiral stairs! Luckily, the moving company was confident that they were up for the task–and they did a great job. Everything that I wanted to go upstairs made it up safely thanks to three movers and their teamwork/hoisting skills. The only real issue I’ve encountered was when I purchased an awesome mid century modern dresser in April and needed to get it up there (I usually can lift other items by myself or with Carrie’s help, but this was ridiculously heavy, even with the drawers removed!). It was nearly impossible to find a Task Rabbit/service who would hoist just one piece of furniture (as opposed to a whole move’s worth), though I found one eventually and they were in and out within 15 minutes!
Since I did hire movers and knew that the upstairs move-in process would be lengthy and expensive, I tried to carry up as many boxes as possible the day before our official move-in date (our landlord gave us the keys early) because I figured the more things I could carry myself, the less costly the next day would end up. However, going up and down two big flights of stairs was definitely a workout–but it was also a great way to begin unloading things bit by bit.
I’ve been loving sharing a little tour of our space with the internet, and everyone’s nice comments on the feature have made it even more fun. Without further ado, enjoy the piece!