From the I Hate Change Dept
Since I rented this guest house
in Delray Beach in a $600,000 home 2.75 years ago, I knew that if the owners sold the house (the house in which they raised their children) I would have to move. They told me so from the beginning. And never raised the rent in all that time. Just like the realtor told me.
I can't complain for the deal because in this expensive neighborhood the landlord only wanted $750/mo including utilities and cable! I only paid for the phone line. And the house is the last one in a dead end street! Almost no traffic and very quiet
. The only "extraneous" sounds are birds singing sometimes. And the trees are enormous
The house is 4.0 miles from work, parking to parking so I told my co-workers that I was moving because the commute was killing me, you know, four
miles! They looked amazed and of course concluded that I was joking so what is the punch line? That is because of the present commute, I am moving... 1.6 miles from work!
It is a furnished condo that they would normally rent for much more in December, Jan, Feb and March for what they call "seasonal rates". But the realtor (the same one of March 2000) said that because I was such a great tenant (as reported to him by the owners of the present house) he would be willing to rent me (with option to buy; I'm just not ready for it yet) the condo at regular rates. It would be better for both of us since if he rented it for seasonal, he would soon have to be worried about renting it again to yet another unknown etc, and in exchange
, since I'm a "known quantity" he would convince the owner to make the deal.
The new area is a nice area but not as isolated as this one, except for the closeness to work, and the personal privacy. The new neighbors are absentee landlords. People from the Northern USA that bought the condo a long time ago for almost half the current going rate and don't live it really. Only an investment.
Finally it's one of the few places (in Delray Beach) that I've seen young women walk out of a swimming pool!
(This town seems to be a "Mecca" for retired persons).
Any nightmare stories out there about moving !?
Sad Note: NO DSL over there
. So I will have to explore other broadband opportunities (shoot! I hate change!)