Twelve Weeks Later

Back in January I did some comparison shopping among the major downtown Harrisburg apartment complexes.  I wound up signing a lease for a medium-sized (about 800 square feet) one-Bedroom in Executive House and moved in February first.  It didn’t take long for me to realize I made the right choice.

Harrisburg Apartments: Crunch Time

Just over five years ago I did The Adult Thing ™ and moved from downtown Harrisburg into a house in semi-rural suburbia.  This place was never a particularly nice home, nor was it really my style.  But it was cheap, had decent square footage, and endless potential for upgrades.  I paid down the house on…

Harrisburg Apartments, Day Five: Old City Hall

This is it.  A solid week of apartment hunting in midtown / downtown Harrisburg wraps up as of right now.  My last stop on the tour is Old City Hall, located across Walnut Street from the Capitol building.  The building was built in 1910 as a technical school, and remodeled for use as Harrisburg’s City…

Harrisburg Apartments, Day Four: Executive House

My downtown/midtown apartment hunting continued today with a visit to Executive House.  Executive House is a 14-story high-rise located at the corner of Chestnut and Second streets, directly across from Harrisburg Hospital and Crowne Plaza.  More likely than not, you drive past it every time you head downtown via 83. Executive House is a 14-story…

Harrisburg Apartments: Weekend #1

Wow – January is just FLYING by.  I’ve sold my house, sampled three Harrisburg apartment buildings, made six trips to Goodwill, and given away most of my furniture for free on Craigslist.  My home is about half-packed, but I still have a damaged Ikea computer desk to dismantle.  Today most of my 80s home computer…

Harrisburg Apartments, Day Three: Towne House

I’ve spent the past few days looking at Harrisburg apartments.  My criteria have been pretty straightforward from the beginning: Anywhere downtown or midtown, within a half mile of Restaurant Row, Riverfront Park, and the train station Mid-rise, hi-rise, or townhome Less than $1,000 / month after parking, utilities, and rent So far I’ve looked at…

Harrisburg Apartments, Day Two: Pennsylvania Place

I just recently sold my home (without a realtor; did I mention that?) and have been searching downtown / midtown Harrisburg for a new place to live.  Since nothing for sale in the sub-$125k range appeals to me right now, I’ve decided to rent.  Yesterday I visited The Grayco and was majorly impressed at its…

Harrisburg Apartments, Day One: The Grayco

In Monday’s post I mentioned that I have successfully sold my house at about a $9,000 profit, sans realtor.  And I also mentioned that legally, I currently don’t own a home.  With February 1st (my deadline for new occupancy) fast approaching and my moving target of 1/22 – 1/25 just around the corner, I am…

I Am Homeless

The building I called “home” for the past half decade is now more properly called “sold”.  This past weekend, contracts were signed, funds were exchanged, and Important Things were notarized.  In the  midst of the complete collapse of the housing market, I managed to sell my home at about a $9000 profit — WITHOUT any…