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Old 04-26-08, 01:38 PM   #1
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Ah, apartment living...

is there anything better? right now, i have some wonderfully uninvited music (bass line) creeping from somewhere in the building into my living room. construction is going on across the street and the smell from my neighbor's cigarette is gently blowing in from the window and over me as i relax on the couch.
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Nobody in my building smokes (inside) luckily, but the music can be a little annoying sometimes.
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is there anything better? right now, i have some wonderfully uninvited music (bass line) creeping from somewhere in the building into my living room. construction is going on across the street and the smell from my neighbor's cigarette is gently blowing in from the window and over me as i relax on the couch.
I used to live next door to someone we called Yuri The Mad Russian DJ, because he was named Yuri and was a mad Russian DJ.

I suspect he probably called us "Those *******s with the loud dog" so it all evens out I suppose.
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is there anything better? right now, i have some wonderfully uninvited music (bass line) creeping from somewhere in the building into my living room. construction is going on across the street and the smell from my neighbor's cigarette is gently blowing in from the window and over me as i relax on the couch.
Hmm, sounds like you're me a couple of days ago.

Unidentified loud bass from somewhere - check
Asphalt smell from a road construction - check
Cigarette smoke from the neighbour below - check
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haha. nice to see the joys of apartment living are alive and well in sweden as well.
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Years ago I said to myself I would never live in a apt ever again. Well, when I met my now Wife 4 years ago she had an apt in Tampa. I had a small place in Bradenton. We all know there is one girl that we would do anything for so I moved in with her. I could not ask her to move to Bradenton and commute cause she had no car. I had to live inthat apt for about 5 months to finish out her lease. Then we bought our own place.
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is there anything better? right now, i have some wonderfully uninvited music (bass line) creeping from somewhere in the building into my living room. construction is going on across the street and the smell from my neighbor's cigarette is gently blowing in from the window and over me as i relax on the couch.
Well... you could be on a carrier, out at sea, living in a 150 man bunk room.

Then again, you learn courtesy quickly in that environment.

or in Iraq, sharing, essentially, a container cargo with another person, stacked in with many others.

Or in a tent....

In perspective, life's minor annoyances (I'd have the same complaints!) aren't really that bad.
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I can actually put up with a lot of things, but the damn music really drives me up the walls some nights!
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If we had gone up to piermont, you wouldn't be enjoying that right now.
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It's nice to live in an apartment:

- no property tax
- insurance is cheap
- utilities are cheap
- somebody to call for emergency repairs
- get a pool and hot tub (or other similar amenities)
- can pick up and move easily

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It's nice to live in an apartment:

- no property tax
- insurance is cheap
- utilities are cheap
- somebody to call for emergency repairs
- get a pool and hot tub (or other similar amenities)
- can pick up and move easily

But no backyard for the pups. No garden for fresh vegetables. Unwanted noise coming through the walls from the neighbors. etc, etc, etc. Been there, done that. I think I'll stick with a house.
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It's nice to live in an apartment:

- no property taxYour property tax is part of your rent
- insurance is cheapInsurance is cheap cause you aren't the owner of anything
- utilities are cheapNot much area to heat/cool etc
- somebody to call for emergency repairswhen the upstairs neighbor's water heater blows
- get a pool and hot tub (or other similar amenities)with other peoples 'goo' in it
- can pick up and move easilyLike at midnight


It is nice to live in your own house
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Not much area to heat/cool etc
I know you didn't necessarily bill them as such, but a couple of your rebuttals aren't necessarily bad things. I shudder to think what homeowners spend to heat/cool one of the modern, ridiculously huge, tilt-up homes so favored by builders these days.
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My nearest neighbor isn't close enough to hit with a bow and arrow...not consistently anyway.
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Could be worse. I have a condo, which brings it the worst of both worlds. For the first couple years, it was good, but its old now, as one has most of the house overhead costs (plumbing, electricity), but no backyard, or ability to just overhaul things. At least its cheap to heat/cool, relatively.
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that's the thing with condos....and if you buy one, then what if some couple moves in upstairs with three rotten bratty kids???

boy...apartment living. I live in a duplex now and of course, there are always neighbor problems. Mainly it's slackers who think the world is their ashtray. The top floor is eurotrash, always smoking. NExt door it's these 20something guys...i asked them if they could just refrain from tossing butts into the driveway. I'm not a prig about smoking, live and let live, but it's gross when it rains and they smell.

But apartment living! horrible music blasting from downstairs; the family with three psychotic kids who lived upstairs from us for six months. THe teenagers who decided to hold Raves every night in their basement apartment, stupid students who leave their garbage outside for days, the skank barmaid who had screaming fights with her boyfriend that lasted SIX HOURS! The last building i lived in was okay, in fact most of the neighbors were pretty nice, but it was the surrounding neighbors who made all the noise. In the building, it was mostly the plumbing which made a lot of noise.

I agree, apartment buildings generally suck.
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I'm moving in a couple months, and it looks like apartment living is the only way I'm going to be able to afford anything. You guys aren't helping
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that's the thing with condos....and if you buy one, then what if some couple moves in upstairs with three rotten bratty kids???

boy...apartment living. I live in a duplex now and of course, there are always neighbor problems. Mainly it's slackers who think the world is their ashtray. The top floor is eurotrash, always smoking. NExt door it's these 20something guys...i asked them if they could just refrain from tossing butts into the driveway. I'm not a prig about smoking, live and let live, but it's gross when it rains and they smell.

But apartment living! horrible music blasting from downstairs; the family with three psychotic kids who lived upstairs from us for six months. THe teenagers who decided to hold Raves every night in their basement apartment, stupid students who leave their garbage outside for days, the skank barmaid who had screaming fights with her boyfriend that lasted SIX HOURS! The last building i lived in was okay, in fact most of the neighbors were pretty nice, but it was the surrounding neighbors who made all the noise. In the building, it was mostly the plumbing which made a lot of noise.

I agree, apartment buildings generally suck.
I don't see how people in densely populated areas such as Berlin, Tokyo, or other areas can deal with apartment life on a day to day basis. Are apartment buildings over there built differently so as not suck and isolate noise compared to American ones where usually its a sheet of drywall separating you from the neighbors?

I just find it funny how in Austin residental condo towers are being built like mad (as if the market isn't soft enough.) Unless they are pitching the condos to people who have a resort home and want a place in town, why would one want to deal with that type of life? Suburban life has its issues, but its a lot better to have a house and some distance from noxious neighbors.
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I don't see how people in densely populated areas such as Berlin, Tokyo, or other areas can deal with apartment life on a day to day basis. Are apartment buildings over there built differently so as not suck and isolate noise compared to American ones where usually its a sheet of drywall separating you from the neighbors?

I just find it funny how in Austin residental condo towers are being built like mad (as if the market isn't soft enough.) Unless they are pitching the condos to people who have a resort home and want a place in town, why would one want to deal with that type of life? Suburban life has its issues, but its a lot better to have a house and some distance from noxious neighbors.
It's simple. Lots of people are willing to put up with neighbors in order to get the benefits of living close to all the amenities that the city has to offer. I would much rather deal with neighbors than sit in traffic for an hour and a half every day on the way in from Round Rock or Lakeway and then do it again at night if I want a good meal or to go see a show. When I first moved to Austin I lived at the Arboretum and even that was too far away from all the things that I had to do/wanted to do.

It's also a question of what you're used to. I grew up in a Baltimore brick row house that shared two walls with neighbors. You tend to just tune out most of the noise.
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It's nice to live in an apartment:

- no property tax
- insurance is cheap
- utilities are cheap
- somebody to call for emergency repairs
- get a pool and hot tub (or other similar amenities)
- can pick up and move easily

utilities aren't cheap. they don't even bother to insulate the horrid things!
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we own the apartment, so at least it will be an income asset for us when we leave and lease it out.

i actually feel like i have more privacy living in an nyc apartment. generally nobody cares what you do and people aren't popping their heads over the fence to ask how you're doing or inviting themselves over.

i guess each has it's advantages and disadvantages.

ideally, i'd like to live at the top of a mountain with a bunch of molten lava surrounding it to keep people away.
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is there anything better? right now, i have some wonderfully uninvited music (bass line) creeping from somewhere in the building into my living room. construction is going on across the street and the smell from my neighbor's cigarette is gently blowing in from the window and over me as i relax on the couch.
call a lawyer!
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Well... you could be on a carrier, out at sea, living in a 150 man bunk room.Then again, you learn courtesy quickly in that environment.

or in Iraq, sharing, essentially, a container cargo with another person, stacked in with many others.

Or in a tent....

In perspective, life's minor annoyances (I'd have the same complaints!) aren't really that bad.


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call a lawyer!

Yeah!
And the lawyer will charge you $XXXX.00 to tell you to shut your window because the smoker is doing absolutely nothing wrong within the law.


(edit) BTW, the people next door to me smoke on their back porch and their smoke drifts toward my back porch. They are completely within their rights to smoke there. I am at a disadvantage other than to hope the wind goes the other way and be white about it.

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