The Cool Basement Apartment
It's Cool X 3
1. Temperature: While it's supposed to be 99 degrees outside today, everyone is sweating, the homeowners' (the two stories above me) air conditioning unit can't keep up, I'm downstairs feeling cool and comfortable. In fact, my pup and I got a little chilly yesterday afternoon, so I closed the AC vents.
Cools Down My Budget
2. Since many people reject even the idea of a basement apartment, they run a little cheaper than a ground floor or upstairs apartment. I have a beautiful, completely newly remodeled, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, W/D, storage, use of carport, separate entrance, and 5 BIG windows for a cool $500 (including all utilities, wireless, and basic tv). And, it's not at all dark.
I've had so many visitors completely surprised when they walk in, and some have actually asked me to hand the apartment over to them when I move out (which I have no plans to do).
This low rent gives me additional funds to do my current favorite: Decorating! (See my Furnishings section in: http://lucyliu12.hubpages.com/hub/More-Ways-to-Live-on-a-Dime-Rather-than-a-Dollar
It's Just Plain Cool
3. I've heard that word used so many times when people describe this apartment. I think it has kind of bohemian, chill atmosphere. No one knows it's here if they haven't been invited.
Is a Basement Apartment Right for You?
To be honest, as with any shared housing situation, there are some possible irritations, but I've only encountered one that might bother some people, but doesn't bother me. The homeowners have an adorable 3-yr-old who runs across the floor above, and a lab whose toenails I hear click, clicking once in a while. This doesn't bother me because the little girl is so darned cute, that I know she's just having fun and enjoying life; however, if you're the kind of person who needs silence, it might be best to choose an upstairs apartment.
Before moving in, check with the homeowners to see if your schedules sync. If you're the kind that likes to sleep 'til noon, and the family above gets going at 7am, that might be an issue.
Besides feeling cool and comfortable this summer, I feel fortunate to have taken a chance on viewing this apartment. And (bonus!) the family upstairs is as cool as their basement apartment.