Flat Hunting

Our lease on this lovely flat in the West End of Edinburgh runs out at the end of this month. I've been too busy/lazy to organise anything else yet so today I bought the appropriate newspapers with listings, got a pen and sat down to find a two bedroom flat within walking distance of pubs, uni, gym, railway station. Also checked with the rental property agents to see if they had anything interesting. First one I found sounds perfect, not too expensive and central so I called up. I'm going to see it tomorrow and I really hope it is perfect because I really cannot be bothered to go see hundreds of apartments. I'll report back. But now I have to think what's important. So we're going to need three columns, perfection, acceptable and unacceptable...

Perfection Acceptable Unacceptable
Central location, West End, Broughton, New Town, Stockbridge. Newington, Marchmont, Bruntsfield Sighthill, Wester Hailes etc.
Laundry Facilities (Washer-dryer) At least a washer. There's a laundrette four blocks away.
Power Shower (not in the bath) Okay Shower that works. I hate baths.
Nice modern (read plain) decor. Unoffensive colours Woodchip or other textured nonsense.
Cale TV Hookup Broadband-able No fast net connection (or a significant delay in getting one)
Good range of bars and restaurants nearby to include one perfect bar. Okay selection of pubs, Chain restaurants Wetherspoons and MacDonalds
Good selection of new & used book shops At least one good bookshop within 10 minutes walk There's a WHSmith on the corner that sells Danielle Steel and John Grisham
Roof Garden I'm not going to be fussy on this, a roof garden is pretty unlikely.
Top Floor / Penthouse 2nd or 3rd Floors Ground Floor where people walk by and look in
Good sized Kitchen with Mod Cons Okay Kitchen, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer etc. Kitchen like in old flat which was no bigger than a matchbox and was made of old wood found by owner on the beach or somewhere. He then laminated it all green.
Local & National Public Transport Links on doorstep (not literally, but closeby) Local Bus Svc. nearby Need to get a car
Suggestions for other ranking criteria? Or even better an offer of a place in column 'perfection'?

Posted by Paul in Flats Edinburgh at August 20, 2004 04:22 AM