We were going to purchase a smaller home. Something with a tiny yard to mow, if anything at all. We wanted something all on one floor too. We decided to look for Raleigh apartments for rent instead. We had not considered apartment living. We thought that it would be weird to be so close to neighbors in the same building. However, we were close to our neighbors in the neighborhood where our house was at. We checked out a nice apartment building, and we really liked what we saw.
We would be allowed to bring our two dogs with us. Plus, there would be no lawn maintenance. Other than cleaning our apartment, there would be no maintenance at all. The apartment owners would take care of all of that. They even have after-hours emergency maintenance. That would be a load off of my mind as I am not as young as I used to be. The place even has a dog park that they call a Bark Park. That is a nice touch. The apartments are the perfect size. We really do not want a giant kitchen any longer. It is a waste of space for just the two of us. We liked all of the extra room years ago. Now we do not need it.
We got a two bedroom place so we could use one room as an office and creative space. I like to paint, and my wife likes to sew. We both enjoy photography, but our post-editing is all done on laptops that we can use anywhere in the house. The place is cable and Internet ready. Having our own washer and dryer in the apartment was a must. We are not going to use a laundromat. The wood-burning fireplace is a great added touch. We have always wanted one.