Looks like we’ll be moving to Ann Arbor.

We finally found a new place to live yesterday and, assuming my credit and background checks are acceptable, we should be signing a lease within a week or so. We’ve been looking for a few weeks now, but hadn’t found anything that we were one hundred percent happy with. A chance drive by the Mill Creek Townhomes last weekend, however, turned out to be just what we were after. They don’t have weekend office hours so we didn’t get a chance to drop by until yesterday after I got off of work. They offer 2 and 3 bedroom townhomes with basements for a reasonable rate and while I was hoping for a three bedroom, in part because they have an additional half bathroom, only the two bedroom models are up for grabs for the next couple of months. Still, the townhome has at least as much square footage as the apartment we had in Canton and that’s not counting the extra room the basement provides. Best of all the rent is only going to be about $100 more a month than what we had been paying in Canton.

My new job is literally a couple of blocks away from the townhomes so, in a pinch, I could walk to work in a reasonable amount of time. Also there are two bus stops for the Ann Arbor Transit Authority system nearby that we can also make use of. With gas prices expected to hit as high as $7 a gallon within the year we’ll probably take advantage of the bus system quite a bit. It doesn’t hurt that they’re all biodiesel hybrids. The fact that Ann Arbor is a college town also means we won’t have to go very far to have access to all sorts of cool stuff.

To say that we’re relieved to have found a place we’ll probably be happy in for at least the next year or two is an understatement. We’d been planning on making the move at the end of June after all the stuff with Courtney’s graduation and open house is out of the way and not having found someplace by the start of June was a little worrying. We hung in there, though, and found the right place in the right location for the right price. It’ll be good to be out on our own once more.

14 thoughts on “Looks like we’ll be moving to Ann Arbor.

  1. I’m happy to hear you have found a place.  Our truck will be ready for you when the time comes.  I think maybe your sister might be able to help too but I won’t commit her.  I know you have got to be relieved.

  2. Man that is good to hear!

    Best of all it sounds like you’re close enough to where you won’t have to drive. Living close to work has helped me save a lot of money!

  3. Congrats!  There’s a lot to be said for living close to work enough to work to walk.

  4. Good Luck!

    $7 a gallon

    Ha- try £1.17/$2.30 litre at the moment.  The price here has gone up 30p- approx 58 cents a litre (About $2.70 rise per gallon) in the last 7 months.  Apparently ‘experts’ are not sure why oil price is rising so quickly- China/India and the middle east shouldn’t be doing it this severly.  The suspicion is it’s due to speculators gambling on the markets last year- you can buy futures up to 2 years ahead.

    I’m not after any personal info, but I’d be interested in comparative costs- what’s a typical rent round you- what do you get? What about a typical week’s shopping, and what is considered an average wage/take home?

  5. Hi Les, let me join the gang in congratulating you on the move – and yes, walking is a great and cheap way to get to work if you can. If you feel it might be a bit too far, try it out for a week (a day or two isn’t enough!) and you might find that the benefits you can get are worth it (less cost, more fitness, less stress than a car – though the last bit obviously depends on whether the walking route is worth anything).

  6. I hope it works out for you and your family, Les.  I’ve never been to Ann Arbor but I’ve heard good things about it- lots of culture and liberal politics.

    Commuting with public transportation, or bike, or on foot, is the way to go.

  7. It’s still a bit far for me to feel comfortable walking every day, but I may try to track down a good used bicycle as an alternative. This morning I dropped off some paperwork at the leasing office so I was able to get an idea of just how far it is from work. By car, including stoplights, it’s almost exactly 5 minutes of time at an average speed of 35MPH.

    So, yeah, walking in a pinch is doable, but probably be better time and fatigue-wise if I can pick up a bike someplace.

  8. Les, if you can figure out how to get it there from Normal, Illinois, I’ve got a good used bicycle for you.  Cruiser style, fatt tires, bitchin’ Shimano 7-speed hub.  Anyone going that way?

  9. Normal isn’t exactly a tourist mecca, despite the delusions of our town council.  But if anybody happens to be making the trip North, and happens to have a van…

  10. despite the delusions of our town council

    The place is called ‘Normal’, what other evidence do you need!

    I note that you are only 35 miles from Peoria- the following quote from the rules errata from the game “Kung Fu CB Mamas on Wheels vs the Motorcycling Aztec Wrestling Nuns” puts the area into context

    Page 3 Para 5.  In the second sentence please move the phrase beginning with “boring” and ending “unbelievably dull slice of Americana” to after the words “Peoria, Illinois, a”.

  11. Actually Peoria, being along the Illinois river, has actual hills and is considerably more interesting geologically than Normal.  Here’s a picture I took along the North edge of Normal:

    Feel free to lay a ruler or other straightedge along the screen to get an idea of just how flat it is here…

  12. Nice pic, dof.  Actually, that looks very much like the view north of our summer house on the Donau Kanal, in the years when they have rye planted.  The only difference is that on really clear days you can see the Karpathen mountains in the background, across the Czech border.  Lots of Austria looks just like that.

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