I started actively looking about three weeks ago, but it was really for my own sake because I had no way of visiting the places I was interested in, and even if I did, I wasn't ready to make a decision. I had to see a few places before I could commit to somewhere, right? Hell, I found a place on Craigslist that looked really good on a Friday. By Monday, the listing had been deleted. That's how fast apartments go around here. And I was only using Craigslist because hell if I knew where else to look.
My requirements were few: I wanted a one-bedroom under $1,000 that was near a BART station. Preferably near downtown Berkeley, as that's where all the cool stuff was. I soon discovered that really wasn't a possibility, so I concentrated my search around Ashby BART. Even then, though, my pickings were slim. A couple people, however, had suggested north Oakland, and one day I idly moved my Craigslist search to the north Oakland/Temescal area and, to my surprise, I found a lot more choices and, more importantly, choices that looked more appealing, apartment-wise. As long as I stayed close to Macarthur BART, I could walk to the station and take the Emery Go Round to work.
My relatives, it seemed, were going on vacation for over a week, leaving me to fend for myself. What this meant, however, was that my commute was my own, and I could finally spend a great deal of consecutive time looking at potential places to live.
The hunt was on.
( $806 / 1br - If you lived here, you'd be home by now! picCollapse )