So our bout of real estate mania started on April 25th when I got this text message from Chris regarding our lease negotiations with our landlord.
|This was the text that started the mania!|
I could not believe it!! I would LOVE to get a 10-15% raise, but I knew it would not happen. A 10-15% raise in rent would put us over our housing allowance, and we did not want to waste any money in rent. So Chris and I decided to call our relocation angels and start looking for another new place.
|Meet Ben. He and Sandy showed us all kinds of apartments this time around.|
Before I show you our new apartment candidates, let me show you more homes that will be WONDERFUL for other people.
|That policy would last about 2 minutes with our dogs.|
|The landlord of this place insisted that he leave all of these Chinese books for us to read.|
|Someone missed the message that company is coming. BTW, my house has looked like this many times, so I am not judging.|
|I wanted this apartment for the statue!|
|Really Ben? I would prefer indoor plumbing!|
And now the finalists!
Finalist #1 : Steel My Heart
Located in the City Castle compound, this tastefully decorated 176 m2 apartment has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a lovely scrapbooking room/ office.
|The kitchen had everything we requested; a dishwasher, oven, washer and dryer.|
|I could see us hosting Thanksgiving here.|
|The apartment was very nicely furnished.|
|This would be my office!|
|The compound has plenty of green space for the puppies.|
|They even have a ping pong room!|
The apartment has everything that we need, but is lacking in storage space.
Finalist #2: Park Avenue
Located in the Park View Apartments compound, this apartment has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an office, and a fully equipped kitchen.
|This park is right across the street from the apartment.|
|I thought the main living area was light and airy.|
|This was the guest bedroom. The balcony overlooked the park.|
|It has a fancy Japanese toilet!|
|The kitchen had an oven and dishwasher!|
|We noticed the walls and floors were buckling a little.|
I loved the view, but would Chris accept the buckling laminate floors?
Finalist #3: Heaven Sent
Located in the Xi Ji compound, this apartment has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and amenities center.
|Cherubs lined the compound walkways.|
|The living room had plenty of shoe storage!|
|I really liked the Chinese style dining room table!|
|This built in wine rack would be perfect for my new wine brewing hobby!|
|Unfortunately, there was no oven and no dishwasher.|
Will the lack of kitchen appliances deter us from renting the apartment?
Finalist #4 : Metroriffic
Located in the Jing’An Four Seasons compound, this 3 bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment is on top of Metro line 2. (If we move here, we won’t have to walk outside to catch the Metro.)
|The living room had a wonderful view!|
|This was the master bedroom.|
|With a little help from Ikea, this could be an awesome scrapbooking room/ office!|
Will we move to the new convenient location? Please take a minute to tell me which apartment we should select! I will reveal the winner later this month!