On the plus side, the kitchen is huge and full of light and has a real gas stove and fume hood. The other huge plus is that it has a big private deck on the roof. Those are my dreams, just to be able to cook and sit outside in the morning while I have my coffee. And it's a good location. The back yard private deck is so much better than even the balconies on big apartment buildings, because the balconies are all right next to each other.
Oh, the other drag is that the landlord is a handyman and does the repairs himself. That's such a huge fucking disadvantage. I've had that at three apartments now and it's been a huge disaster each time. They're always super slow, if you ask them to fix something it seems to be code for "please tear up my apartment and then leave your tools in it for a month and maybe stop by for an hour every other week". Then they act so smug and pleased with themselves when they actually fix something for you. You know, I'm sure a professional would've done a better job much faster, and it's just your duty to have things fixed, so stop acting like I should praise your amazing skills and thank you over and over. In reality *you* should be thanking *me* for letting you play your handyman dressup game on my time in my home.
I also looked at this place in the Trace Lofts. It's ridiculous, it makes me angry. For one thing, like so many of the new apartments, it's basically a shoebox with a hole cut in one end. It's long and skinny and only one skinny side has windows. It's also just a bit open space with no rooms, no closets. Okay, fine, it's a "loft", it's all urban and trendy and cool. But the whole fucking point of those big industrial loft conversions is that they SUCK so they're really cheap, so broke artists can afford them, which is what makes them cool. This place is expensive as balls and it's targetted at yuppies who want to play like they're urban cool artists and pay out the nose for nice fixtures but still get all the suckitude of not actually having rooms or doors or closets. So dumb. (the penthouses on top of the Trace Lofts seem amazing, the one available is in the old building part). (hell the penthouse is only $2250 , well well worth the $250 for the upgrade) (if you want to go to outrageous rents like that this looks nice too).
If I don't get the ridiculous duplex I might just rent a house. You can get whole houses now for around $1600/mo that are just slightly out of the main area here. There are several in the 19th & Prospect area for around that, which is a bit of a long walk to the happening area but still walkable, and there's even one at 16th and Harrison which is not far at all. If you rent a house, noone lives above you.