I like not having the responsibility of dealing with anything that goes wrong. If it goes wrong here we have to figure out how to fix it. Our "landlords" live in another state and they do what they can when they can but for the most part it's on us. In an apartment someone is there to call if you have an issues. At our first apartment in AL (which these two photos are from) it was very little space but I loved it! I loved that we had a gym (and I so regret not using it more!) and we had a pool and hot tub. And we had an awesome walking trail right next to them. We could rent bikes from our apartment complex to ride on the trail (we did that once and the chain broke on one of the bikes at the farthest end of the trail!).
I like that feeling of community even if you have no clue who your neighbors are. I think our neighbors at the time was a group of men, like 4 or 5 of them. They were foreigners and I'm not sure they spoke much English but they always smiled and seemed nice. I think they were probably working on something related to the Space and Rocket Center. They looked smart. But whatev, I loved that place. And I loved our townhouse once we moved into our own place here in NC. It seemed more house like because it was two stories and brick and we could walk across the street to a school park. And we were 2 minutes from the hospital, if even that. Not that we have to use the hospital a lot but it seemed nice. We had a gas station and a mexican restaurant and a library within walking distance. It's funny the things you kinda take for granted until they are gone.
My husband has taught me that you don't need a lot of stuff. I would gladly get rid of half our stuff right now to live somewhere we really loved. And I know we can't do apartment living forever. We need to invest in our future and purchase something. And I'm not anti purchasing, I guess I'm just anti house purchasing. If we could find a condo in a great town/city I'd be willing to buy asap.
Our family isn't going to get any bigger so we don't have to worry about outgrowing our space or anything. 3 bedrooms would be nice but we could totally do with two rooms and be fine!
I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who actually loves living in an apartment! Lol!