For Brian starting in January, anyway (I’ll still be stuck in my 400-some-square-foot Dupont Circle apartment for the foreseeable future), but still, I’m excited! So let’s take a quick tour, shall we?
All pictures courtesy The London Luxury Apartment Homes website, because my iPhone 4 crapped out on me. The good news is I’m now the proud owner of beautiful new iPhone 6 and Brian and I are now on our own family plan. New apartment, new phone, new carrier, quite the weekend.
Oh! The location! Duh. The apartment is in the Dunwoody area north of Atlanta, but it’s still an Atlanta address, if that makes sense. It’s right by the Perimeter Mall, with everything you could possibly want (Walmart, Target, Container Store, Michaels) within walking distance or just a short drive away.
When picking a place for our first (and hopefully last) ATL apartment , we considered living a little closer to the center of Atlanta where cooler people our age would want to live. That thought lasted a whole 5 minutes before we decided to be honest with our uncool selves and settled on the northern suburbs. The idea is to get a feel for the area to help us shop for our first home. Brian is only signing an 8-month lease with the intent that we would buy somewhere between the 6 and 8 month marks. So with that in mind, Dunwoody it was, and it’s a choice I’m really happy with.
Here’s a look at the floor plan. Pretty standard, but as someone who’s lived in a studio apartment for the last 5 years (that sounds so sad), I’m loving the three different mentions of “room” and the W and D for washer and dryer.
At 820 square feet, the unit is one of the smallest ones offered at the London, but again, it’s all relative, and to us, the place feels pretty palatial. Plus, free parking! Readers in DC or similarly space and rent-challenged cities will understand. To those of you who don’t, consider yourselves lucky.
That’s the same living room layout we can expect, minus the turquoise walls.
I don’t have any kitchen or bedroom pictures to share, but I’m very much looking forward to having three times as much counter space, not seeing said counters from my bed, and getting in and out of the bed from my own side. It’s the simple things.
Pools aren’t a huge selling point for me, but they certainly don’t hurt. Hot tubs I could do without too, but I can do with them too. Brian is more easily impressed and very excited to use both.
Right next to the pool is a large gym area that I expect to become intimately acquainted with. The gym even offers free group exercise classes for residents, including Zumba.
Zumba is something I got into recently. I recommend it if you’re like me and hate working out.
Topping my list of favorite things about the new place is the organic herb garden maintained by the landscapers and available for all residents to use. I see lots of caprese salads and pesto in our future. The best part is our unit (marked above) overlooks the herb garden and is but a few steps away from the clubhouse.
So, all in all, this was the easiest, least stressful apartment hunt of my life (thank you New York and DC), and I’m really looking forward to spending whatever time I can there, even if it’s just a few weekends here and there. I gotta say, I’m really not into this whole long-distance thing, but it’s only temporary and I have faith we’ll make it work. I already know that one of my coping mechanisms will be to pour what would have been Brian time into home decor research time. Pinterest followers, consider this your warning.
Images via The London Luxury Apartment Homes