Apartment location should be one of the most important factors in choosing where you want to live. You should look for a place in close proximity to day-to-day living conveniences to simplify your life (and the amount of driving or walking you have to do!) Here are some the the conveniences to look for as you begin your apartment search.
1. Proximity to a Grocery Store
Having a grocery store nearby your apartment will be a huge time saver. It’s nice to only have to make a quick run to the store every weekend instead of trekking all across town in search of food. Even more, having a conveniently located grocery store will be nice on those occasions when you’re mid way through baking or cooking and realize that you’re out of a specific ingredient. All things considered, living near a grocery store will simplify your life and free up more time.
2. Proximity to Work or School
Not everyone wants to live within close distance of school or work. After all, having some distance between home and work makes it easier to divide work life and personal life. Not wanting to live adjacent to work or school is understandable, but it’s wise to at least live nearby easy transportation or access to either of the two. Especially in cases where you live in a big city, being close to public transportation is important. Find an apartment that isn’t so off the beaten path that it significantly adds to your commute.
3. Proximity to Restaurants
There will be nights when you don’t want to cook or when you simply want take out. Having to drive across town just to find a decent restaurant can be a pain—especially when you’re starving. While it shouldn’t be the biggest selling factor, living near restaurants is definitely a perk. Remember, there will be nights when you’ll want to have pizza or Chinese food delivered. If you don’t live close to anything, delivery may not be available. Don’t choose to live in an apartment located out in the middle of nowhere.
4. Proximity to Public Transportation
If you reside in a big city, living within a few blocks of a subway or busy station is very helpful especially if you don’t own a car or keep one in the city. It’s typically more expensive to live in close proximity to a subway station, but the convenience is well worth it. To pay less of a premium, find an apartment about four or five blocks away from the subway station. A few blocks is completely walkable. You can also look for an apartment nearby a bus stop that will drop you off at a subway station or commuter rail.
5. Proximity to a Gas Station
If you don’t rely on public transportation, living close to a gas station will be helpful. It’s convenient to have a place to stop and fill up your tank right around the corner especially when you’re on your way to work or class.
Your apartment and its surroundings should fit into your lifestyle. Figure out what you need to save time and energy. Having conveniences nearby takes away any hassles.
Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.