New Apartment

clawfoot.jpgOver the past year I’ve done quite a bit of bitch­ing about my apart­ment. That will all soon end, since I now have a new apart­ment else­where that is loads bet­ter than my present leaky shoe­box. Rejoice ye chil­dren of Ctown. Verily I say un­to thee, w00t! Anyway, on with the de­scrip­tion.

My new apart­ment is lo­cat­ed in Tremont, a his­tor­i­cal neigh­bor­hood that is lit­er­al­ly about 5 min­utes from Downtown Cleveland. It is still a rough around the edges place, but is be­ing slow­ly and sure­ly ren­o­vat­ed and I think in a year or two will be the new hip place to live. My apart­ment is on the ter­ri­bly named Fruit Avenue and is lo­cat­ed in the back of an art gallery. It is a two way street that has one way streets en­ter­ing from both ends. The on­ly way to ex­it the street is to head west. This means turn­ing the car around if you en­ter from W. 10th street. Due to this crazi­ness there is vir­tu­al­ly no traf­fic; thus, things are very qui­et.

The land­lord lives above the art gallery and prob­a­bly in his mid thir­ties. There is an­oth­er apart­ment above mine which is al­so avail­able for rent­ing. My apart­ment is the on­ly one that has per­ma­nent ac­cess to the English-style gar­den in the back­yard. My apart­ment has a back porch. It has wood floors in three of the rooms, lead­ed glass cab­i­netry, crown mold­ing and to top it all off, a claw-foot­ed bath­tub. The on­ly things it re­al­ly lacks are a med­i­cine cab­i­net and clos­et space. I’m think­ing about ask­ing the land­lord to in­stall a med­i­cine cab­i­net with mir­ror, one of those at­tach­es to the wall job­bies in­stead of an in­stall in­to the wall deal. The clos­et space I’ll just have to deal with.

Also, this build­ing is ap­par­ent­ly haunt­ed. I kid you not. The dude said that he has had para­nor­mal ex­perts out to vis­it and has had it “cleaned” sev­er­al times. Contrary to most folks, I think this is sort of cool, if true. I’ve got no prob­lems with the spir­it world and it ain’t like any crit­ter has the abil­i­ty to hurt me. There just bet­ter not be any ec­to­plasm on my gui­tar. All in all it ap­pears that karmic pay­back is in ef­fect. After slum­ming for a year, I’ve man­aged to get a place with ridicu­lous amounts of char­ac­ter, a porch for my hick na­ture, mul­ti­ple rooms to walk through, in a qui­et neigh­bor­hood in a groovy area of town. Huzzah!

4 thoughts on “New Apartment

  1. Actually, Tremont has been the “new hip place to live” for about 3 or 4 years. Look at the 400k con­dos that were built, for ex­am­ple. It was a rough around the edges pi­o­neers on­ly place abo­tu ten years ago. At this point it’s just like liv­ing in any oth­er city neigh­boor­hood — yah, you have to lock your house and your car, but you can walk around at night and there’s way more en­er­gy than in the burbs.

    Anyways, glad to have you as a new neigh­bor.

  2. i’m glad to hear you got it, you were so ex­cit­ed about it. sounds like great pay­back for your ten­e­ment days. and who knows the ghosts could be fun.

  3. sounds like a nice pad, fel­la, and i bet it doesn’t re­quire 5 grand to ob­tain like my place in san fran. i’ve vis­it­ed cleve­land on sev­er­al oc­ca­sions to en­joy the mu­si­cal stylings of artist’s rang­ing from tool to sig­ur ros…so not on­ly is that town cool, it has enough go­ing on to keep you en­ter­tained. con­gratz on the ad­vance in liv­ing quar­ters.

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