The Geeky Way to Choose an Apartment

I’m a fan of quantitative decision-making. When I chose Carnegie Mellon for undergrad, my Mom and I used a Pugh Matrix. When my partner and I were deciding between several apartments in Seattle this weekend, we wrote-out this chart:

Pugh Matrix of Apartments

We ended up choosing option 3, a small apartment in the new, eco-friendly, Citizen of the Pike Pine apartments. It was the second smallest and the most expensive, but as you can see from the chart, those weren’t the only factors in our decision. I loved the Capitol Hill neighborhood: on one block there was a cupcake shop, a yarn store, and a used bookstore and another had the Chatterbox Cafe and a pie shop. The space, though small, was exceedingly well-designed (thus the “Yes!” in the usability column) and the apartment management got 10/10 for professionalism in our book for being honest, knowledgeable, and flexible. The space has good bike storage and the route to Matt’s work is thoroughly bikable. Basically, I am thrilled with our new apartment.

Though I still love PadMapper, we found our new space entirely by accident–we were wandering between viewing appointments and decided to try and get a tour during office hours. Serendipity at its finest.

Inspirational Quote:

“Home is a shelter from storms – all sorts of storms.”–William J. Bennett

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