Happy Hump Day! I hope your week has been going fabulously 🙂 So I wanted to share a bit about what we’ve (my wife and I) have been feeling the past few months.
If you are new to my blog, my wife and I currently reside in Santa Monica, CA and have been here for a little over 2 years. We moved here from Las Vegas, NV and we have loved every second of living in Santa Monica.
Over the past few months though we have been thinking about moving.. still in California and preferably still in the Los Angeles area but we are also open to perhaps moving to the OC as well.
While we love living in Santa Monica, we have recently been thinking that it would be really nice to have a change, and to find a place that is cheaper than here. If you didn’t know, Santa Monica is considered one of the most expensive places to live in comparison to San Francisco etc. So we are looking at areas that have a significant drop in cost of living or at least housing.
We have found that Long Beach is a really nice area with a real chill vibe, not as touristy, and the cost of housing is significantly cheaper but can I just say that it has been really hard to find our perfect apartment?
Every time we find something we like and call or try and contact the person in charge of the listing it’s already gone, or if it isn’t gone, the person is not very responsive and so then by the time they respond again its not available. I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to us. One time we had an appointment set up to view an apartment and when we get there the rep is like oh we actually rented that unit out… which is fine but dang couldn’t you have called us and told us that before we made the drive down there? (Long Beach is about an hour or so away from Santa Monica if there’s no traffic)
We have been searching on craigslist, trulia, zillow, radpad, rent.com etc and are having a super hard time just getting someone to respond to us or call us back. It’s super disheartening, but we really would love a change so we will definitely keep at it. Sorry I feel like this has totally turned into a rant :/ but hopefully you don’t mind 🙂
Have you had any similar issues while searching for a place? If you have any recommendations as far as websites or apps that might make this process easier please share! I would love any and all kinds of advice.
Of course I’ll keep you posted if anything changes 🙂
until next time <3