Last year before we renewed our lease to this apartment, we went through somewhat the same process. Checking out rent.com, craigslist.org and other websites for apartment is no easy task and is very very stressful. Let me tell you that it is as stressful as finding a good pair of jeans that would fit your butt! Staring into the computer screen is also not good for the eyesight. I dont know about you but everytime we did it (going online looking for an apartment, that is! :P), Id get a massive headache and get very moody. And then after all that, guess what we did? We decided to just renew our lease for this shoe-box apartment for another year. Yup, it was just too stressful and we gave up.
This year after we came back from VA, we decided to give it another shot. On top of looking online, we also checked out The Sun from Seal Beach since we are looking for something thats 5min or less travelling time from his work place. That means it has to be either in Seal Beach, Westminster, Long Beach, Los Alamitos or Huntington Beach. It also has to have at least 1 bedroom, bigger (than current 450sqft) and comes with a garage for storage of (his)junks. On top of that, it has to be reasonably priced. Something that is not easy to find in those areas. :P
But alas, we did it. After looking at just 4 apartment, we decided on 1 that's 5min drive from his work, near the supermarket, bank and blockbuster. It comes with all the basic necessity to be eligible to be called an up-grade from a studio apartment. Yeah it sucks that now we have to buy a fridge (among other things) but at least it has gas stove instead of electric! Yeehaa! Im so happy. IKEA, HERE I COME!