Arrived in Philly a bit before noon Saturday. We had several apartment viewings setup for the afternoon, scattered around the city: Graduate Hospital, West Philly, and Manayunk. Was nice to get to drive and walk through most of the areas we were considering on the first day, we checked into the hotel and made a bunch more calls to setup additional apartments expanding from what we'd seen. None of Saturday's apartments were real winners, both the Manayunk and West Philly ones were too far out and run down.
Too far out for S to reliably take public transit (already involving a transfer and shuttle to her campus), but we were nicely surprised by how compact the city is, the block-size seems to be half of Chicago's and getting from an edge to downtown over the weekend consistently took less than 20 minutes.
Saw one apartment on Sunday that fingers crossed will be our home for the next year, a larger one bedroom (relatively) in Center City / Society Hill. Owner-managed, and in a stroke of luck she told us they'd just decided to drop the rent by $100 after feedback from other showings. So we'll have about half the room we have in Chicago, but at least pay a bit less, and be in walking distance of downtown and right by the PATCO line S'll take over to NJ for her commute.
Also took a trip out to the Rowan campus on Sunday, and generally spent the weekend looking at Philly sites from the car saying "we'll look at that park/museum/shop when WE LIVE HERE, for now off to another apartment!"
Looked at several more apartments Monday that just confirmed that apartment-hunting is mostly about ruling out crap places. One excessively nice complete rehab was great, if it wasn't out in the desert at 51st. A University City place that looked promising was unbearably mired in college-dude-funk, as was the college-dude agent who showed it to us. Also, don't want to know how they fit 12 apartments in that house.
Missed the other Husi folks as dinner with S' new co-workers went on a bit long, quite enjoyable people though, all nearly-post-kids so a bit of a generational gap thing, and a bit of doting on the new professora. Also, far too much delicious food.
We'll be back Philly, moving at the end of August. Really looking forward to it.
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