Where Will We Live?

Like many others, Paul and I have set our sights on the Elmwood Village as a great place to live.

Buffalo and Elmwood Village (114)
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How could we not want to move to an area voted one of the 10 Best Neighborhoods in America? That recognition came in 2007, but my impression is the area has only gotten better since then. The few times I’ve been able to visit, I’ve felt at home. I could definitely see myself living there.

When we move to Buffalo, our plan is to rent while we search for a house to buy. (We’re looking for a flexible lease option so we won’t be stuck with a long-term rent commitment, just in case.) I started following the local real estate market last year, but since we don’t know exactly when we’re going to move, we don’t want to stress ourselves out trying to locate and purchase a house right away. After all, there will be a lot of other changes going on! This will be the first property either of us has ever owned, so we want the home buying process to be as stress-free as possible.

I assume it should be easy enough to find a suitable rental property in the Elmwood Village area. Just from doing a few cursory Craigslist searches, I’ve found multiple rental options that are both larger and less expensive than our current 2-bed/2-bath in southwest DC.

Will we be able to buy a house in Elmwood Village when the time comes? That remains to be seen. I haven’t found many available houses on the market, but that could change at any time. (Another issue is we don’t want a huge home, but many houses in the 14222 zip code are quite large.) I also search for zip codes in the surrounding area (including Allentown), so hopefully we’ll be able to find something we love when the time is right.

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  • Reply emily January 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

    This is such a great idea for a site! If our paths overlap, I’d love to meet up for your inaugural Buffalo dinner.

    • Reply Zan January 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you, Emily! Even if it’s not my inaugural dinner back in Buffalo, it would be great to meet you once we move. At this point, I only know Paul’s family — and while they’re great, I need to meet some females around my age as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Bryana DiFonzo April 19, 2013 at 12:13 am

    My husband and I are moving to the Elmwood Village in May, and I am out-of-my-mind excited about it! I think it will be the perfect place for you to start out. We found our apartment (2+ bedrooms, renting) on Craigslist.

    • Reply Zan April 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      There may actually be a change of plans — we’ve found a place downtown that we’re in love with. I’m sure I’ll be in the Elmwood Village often, though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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