I'm not sure I said, but we've decided to rent for a while instead of buying ASAP in Detroit. In the end, we just decided that we wanted to get to know the city a little better before jumping into anything. I don't think anyone will deny that the Detroit metro area is a complex situation and we just want to make sure we buy where we will be happy.
Marc visited recently and spent about 6 hours driving around. He last lived their pre-Tucson in 2000 and said things had and had not changed in the last fourteen years. I feel very ill-equip to say anything about this city even though I've been visiting quite a bit the last 14 years. Honestly, I feel a little lame in the "safeness" of the rental areas we are looking. Problem is, we are spoiled with our way of life: Walking to the park, to get ice cream, to the library, to fabulous restaurants and amazing bars. Right now we want to keep that excitement and ease, while we look for a more permanent place.
I've lived in a ton of rentals in my life. The one we are in now is FAR from ideal. It's been pretty amazing for us to see exactly how much the space we live in effects our happiness. Don't get me wrong, it's cute and close to downtown, but it's very closed off layout. Only a two bedroom. The freaking mosquitoes that keep us trapped inside. The not being able to see the kids playing while I'm cooking. And having to interrupt what seems like every.single.meal to escort a girl to the only bathroom upstairs. Sharing a room with a toddler. Ugh. I could go on. We realize how much we took 86 for granted.
I'm currently walking a fine line between pro-active and psychotic looking for a rental in Detroit. I have a pretty big "want" list: 3 bedrooms, at least 1-1/2 baths, good layout, modern-ish kitchen, at least partial finished basement, fenced yard, and walkable to shops/library/park/restaurants/bars.
We let a good rental slip through our fingers last week and now I feel like I have craigslist wired directly into my brain. Moving could happen in as soon as 8 weeks which has me excited, panicked, and unbelievably sad. Life keeps happening all around us and we are doing our best to keep up.