Friday, July 18, 2014

I'm Moving to a New Apartment!

Ford Lake rowers (credit)
One day in the near future, I hope to post an article about making an even bigger move to California, but for now, a move from Ann Arbor, to next door city neighbor, Ypsilanti will have to do. If you're familiar with this area, Ypsi (its short name) gets a bad rap in the afterglow of the self-prescribed fantabulous Ann Arbor. But like a lot of cities that border a well-known liberal college town with a world-renowned university, the not so great things about the border city is highlighted mostly in the local news.

I love Ann Arbor, but as I whined about in an earlier post this spring, after living in the same apartment for 10 years, my rent renewal increased significantly, with no upgrades or services added on to said rent. Although I renewed my job search and I'm looking for jobs that may have me commuting up to 40 minutes one way, I still wanted to be close to Ann Arbor, but not live there. So Ypsi was the best choice. I found an excellent community that has undergone new management in the past several years, and they have cleaned up all the riff-raff and it's a great place. I am moving from a 750sq one bedroom apt (period, that's it), to a 950sq two bedroom apt with a balcony and lake view, swimming pool, tennis court, and work out room. And I'm still paying $30 LESS a month.

However, because Ypsi is no Ann Arbor, unfortunately my State Farm renters and auto insurance will increase a bit. I'm in the nicer section of Ypsi, so that helps as well. The homes nearby are very large and average in price of over $250K.

To give you an idea about the rivalry between Ann Arbor and Ypsi, here is what one person wrote at a forum a few years back in response to why is there disrespect towards Ypsi from some people:

I've lived in the Ypsilanti community for over 30 years with no problems. Sure; there are parts of the city and township where I would not live, but nearly every town/city has these. And the undesirable parts can be immediately identified by visual observation only.

Ypsilanti haters tend to fall into one of three categories:

  1. Have never lived here
  2. Haven't lived in Ypsilanti for over a decade and are still boasting to all their old neighbors regarding their new town
  3. Only lived in student housing while enrolled at EMU and are still angry they weren't accepted at U of M.

Well, I think she summed it up perfectly.

By month's end, I'll be all set up in my new apartment and I'm excited about updating my blogs while looking out on the beauty of Ford Lake.

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