We’ve got some big news at the apartment — my roommate Christie got engaged last weekend! She’s thrilled, and I’m thrilled for her.

She is also moving out August 15th.

Hence, it’s time to look for a new roommate!

Before posting anything on Craigslist, I thought it would be a great opportunity to extol the virtues of my lovely apartment to the readers of Kate’s Adventures. First, check out some pictures of the inside. Keep in mind that they were taken in winter.

Basics:

–There are four roommates. We will likely be looking for another female.
–The apartment is in Somerville, specifically, near Davis Square. It’s about an 8-10 minute walk to the Davis Square red line station. Teele Square is even closer.
–I’m not going to post the rent (and you can probably find it buried in a former entry), but I will tell you it is SO cheap compared to most of non-ghetto Boston. As I’ve said many times before, I know only ONE person in the Boston area who pays less than me, and she had creepy Russian roommates who spied on her in the shower. (Hehe, sorry, Michelle.) To be completely honest, a place like this could easily go for $100-200 more. I lucked out. Utilities are not included and are about average for the Boston area.

Layout:

The apartment is on the second and third floors of a two-family house. The landlords live on the first floor (and are very accessible and very good about taking care of problems).

The second floor features the kitchen, dining room, living room, half bathroom, pantry, door to the basement, porch for storage, and my bedroom. There is also a good-sized piece of almost-flat roof where I like to sit in a lounge chair and read on warm days.

The third floor features the other three bedrooms (including your bedroom) and a full bathroom.

I’m not sure which bedroom it’s going to be, since the girls may switch. But mine is the smallest (though the best-located) and it’s about 10′ by 10.5′. I love being right next to the kitchen, so I’m not giving up this room!

Street parking is available with a Somerville sticker, which is a cheap price that I can’t recall. We have two parking passes for visitors. There is FREE laundry in the basement!

Location:

Davis Square is a great place to live for someone in his or her twenties. Everyone I know lives in Brighton, but this place is so much fun! The Square is, essentially, what Harvard Square used to be before it became a giant sellout. There are few chains, and there are plenty of quirky coffeeshops, thrift stores, a great used book store, an old school video rental place, an ANNA’S TAQUERIA (pure bliss), and a movie theater!

There is a Bank of America ATM and a Citizen’s ATM (and probably more that I can’t think of at the moment), there’s a Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, and there are plenty of cool bars, like the Burren, the Joshua Tree and Johnny D’s (which is great for live music).

For restaurants, there are a few Indian places, a few Tibetan places, a really nice place (Gargoyles on the Square), pizza places, Italian places, Chinese places, diners, and a great barbecue place (Redbones). There’s also a J.P. Licks for ice cream.

And, of course, there is the Davis Square station on the red line. It’s about a 15-20 minute ride to Park Street and downtown Boston. Best of all, you DON’T have to deal with the drama of taking the green line!!

Davis Square is so active every month of the year; even during the winter, you will see the streets full of people. It’s a mecca for people my age. One of my favorite things to do in the Square is to buy a super burrito at Anna’s and go see a movie at the Somerville Theater. The Starbucks is also a REALLY GOOD, really big Starbucks. (It’s always pretty busy, though, and it can be hard to find a seat.)

As for groceries, I go to the Shaw’s down the street in Porter Square. There’s also a Wild Oats nearby, and a Stop & Shop not too far away, if you need Bigelow Red Raspberry tea! And we have a really cool liquor store with flashing lights at the end of our street.

Roommates:

The other two girls are graduate students at Tufts who are in their twenties. At 22, I’m the youngest. They are both very kind, intelligent, funny girls, and they’re very busy with their schoolwork!

We don’t spend much time together, since we’re so busy, and we do most of our roommate communication by email, but whenever we hang out, we always get along great.

Rommate Criteria:

When the girls were looking for roommates before, they wanted a young professional or graduate student, and I believe that holds for this round, too.

Again, I need to talk over the specifics with my roommates, but I’m sure it’s safe to say that we do NOT want a smoker. For me, personally, I wouldn’t live with anyone who does drugs of any kind — ANY kind.

Also, we’re very quiet here. This is not a place for you if you plan to host parties. We have friends over from time to time, but this is definitely not a party apartment.

Roommates live here for a long time. The guy who I replaced had lived here for a year, and all of the other girls have lived here at least a year and a half. Christie, who’s leaving, has lived here the longest. This isn’t for a short-termer.

If you think you may be interested, or you know someone who may be, just let me know and I’ll give you more specifics, including the costs and the specific location.

Keep in mind that this isn’t an official roommate ad yet — it’s just an overview of the place. Everything is subject to change, including availability.

Even if you’re thinking of another place, if you’re thinking about moving, PLEASE consider Davis Square. It’s a great place to be, fun, reasonably priced, and SO much more convenient than living anywhere on the green line!

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