Sunday, February 4, 2018

The First Rent House (and Probably NOT the Last)

Ricky.  Deep thoughts at the park.
 We found and booked the house we're renting in Denver through VRBO.  We saw photos online, and asked the owner a bunch of questions.  It seemed to meet most of our needs, and certainly all the important ones.  Dog friendly, fenced yard, a kind sized bed, WiFi, bathtub, and a good central location in a nice neighborhood.  Check, check, check, check, check and check.

One question we didn't ask, because we didn't know to ask it was, "Is it located on a major street with a lot of noisy traffic?" We didn't get to find out the specific location when we were in Colorado in December because the owner wanted to protect the privacy of the then current occupants.  I respected that and just went based on photos, reviews, and the general location the map showed.  But holy moly!  We are on a main road.  There's no wall between our house and that street.  If Lucy or Ricky happened to run out the front door, there would be complete panic.

Fortunately, there is a big fenced backyard.  And we are less than a half block from a pretty park that connects to various trails around Denver.
this park is just a few houses down from where we are staying
But there's a security system and bars on the doors.  Which leads me to believe that having a house on this street probably isn't super safe.  Also, if someone wanted to watch our habits to plan a break in (do I sound paranoid?), they could just wait and see when are cars aren't parked in front- there isn't a garage, so it's all pretty obvious when no one's home.

We rented this for a month, and it's available to us for up to 6 months.  However, now that I've been here a couple days I know that we won't be staying here beyond the first month.  I don't feel all that safe, it's pretty loud street noise- even in the middle of the night- and I just do not like being on a main road.

The first day, when we got here and saw it, I was so bummed out.  Distraught.  Complete bitchy meltdown.  I have never been so dissappointed with a rental, and we've used VRBO quite a bit before!

But after a good night's sleep, I was able to frame it all with a much better attitude.

We packed pretty light, so moving to a different place isn't a huge deal.  Also, we'll have an opportunity to get familiar with yet another area of Denver by renting somewhere else next month. I'm not super excited about having to spend time finding the next place, but... at least it can be done online during my insomnia.

Fermin asked me to let it go and not worry about it for a week or two.  So, I'm trying not to.  This is just a little snag.  And it will make the next place seem that much better.  And if the next place isn't better, the next place will be.
we'll be fine

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