Friday, April 7

Houseowners and other sharks

My house has been sold, the new owner wants to move in, so suddenly, out of the blue, i have to find another flat.
I moved in only 10 months ago, painted the whole place, did a lot of work to it, and now...moving time again.
50 boxes of books, too many little schmontzes, hell.

But, i'm not even there yet. First of all i have to find a new flat.
Newspapers have very little to offer, real estate agents are a pest, therefore the logical choice is "homeless", the ultimate house searching site.

"On line" quite a few places look attractive: "5 minutes from the beach" (yeah right, 5 minutes by supersonic jet perhaps) , in a quiet neighborhood (i guess that's after 3 A.M., when the wedding hall downstairs closes down) or the "kitchen in "as new" state" which relates to a dark windowless hole in which a formica table top and tap above a bucket surely were "as new" some 40 years ago.

The most amazing one is the "lovely 2 room garden apartments" located at the bottom floor of a house at the Jerusalem Boulevard/Ehrlich junction:
Some years ago, when i was looking for a flat, i visited that same place as well. At the time there were 2 little flats with a shared courtyard. A bit poverish, but not bad.
These 2 small flats were turned into 4-5 tiny, minuscule cages.
The "garden" is really what is left of the courtyard, a small paved patch smelling of sewer. There is a shortage of small rental flats, but this is taking "small flat" to a new level.
Cage, doghouse would be more fitting names.

tomorrow i have to see two other flats, i'm getting quite desperate.