We are moving!
It's not a house, but it is an apartment in a better complex (as far as we can tell) and in a better area of town. The new apartment is just about 300 square feet larger than the one we're currently in and, because of a special they were running, it's about $14 less than what we're paying now.
We do sacrifice some things, but we're willing to give it a try while we continue our house hunt. K. only has another year of middle school and the high school she'll be going to has a larger boundary area than the middle school. It'll give us more opportunities (we hope) to find a house.
One of the things we're giving up is the 24-hour exercise room. In the new complex, it's only open from dawn to dusk. It also doesn't have the same variety of machines as the one we utilize now. On the other hand, it does have better access to outdoor activities and there's a YMCA just a short walk from the complex entrance.
Another thing we're sacrificing is a bit of privacy. We're going from a duplex unit (where we share ONE wall with neighbors) to the ground floor of a standard-type apartment. It's not really a sacrifice of privacy, but we'll not only share a wall with neighbors, but also have people above us. It's not something K. has ever experienced and bound to take an adjustment period.
The new kitchen is much, much smaller than my current kitchen (which I think is too small), but I can live with it for a for a while. While small, the kitchen does have a (small) pantry closet IN the kitchen (what a novel concept) and a garbage disposal. I'll miss the light currently over the kitchen sink that serves as our household nightlight.
And K.'s bedroom will be a little bit smaller, too. She's said she'll live with that to "escape" the current apartment. (Also, she's getting a new bed and finally getting to do what she wants with her room.)
We lose the front porch this apartment has, but we gain a screened-in patio, a small storage unit (on the screened patio), and a full-sized water heater.
It's really a bit of a trade off. We lose some things that we really like. On the other hand, the new apartment has two bathrooms (hallelujah!) and, as I said before, almost 300 square feet more space.
So... we're moving! This is supposed to happen on the 17th of July. That's less than a month away, and we don't seem to be preparing too much. That worries me, but people keep telling me I'm a worrier, so... maybe it's nothing. Maybe. We'll see.