Plenty of space, including two walk-in closets and a walk-in pantry.
Affordable. Even with the monthly dog rent and including all utilities (yes, they throw in heating) the rent for a one-bedroom the second year leasing here is $633.000. Peanuts.
Near main highways such as 11N, 680, and 80.
Can walk to stores such as Marc's.
Neighbors are friendly and helpful. The man upstairs digs out my car. Another rocked my car off the ice.
That's life at Hillbrook Apartments, South Raccoon Road, Austintown, Ohio.
Part of it.
However, it is looking (literally) increasingly likely that I will have to banish myself from Paradise. That's because the dog feces keep piling up.
When I first moved into the complex in early September 2016, only the dog park in the G section had been dominated with poop that hadn't been cleaned up.
Now, it's everywhere. Even on top of the snow there are the poops of both giant and tiny dogs.
Of course, that's a health hazard.
Of course, I can no longer invite guests to visit.
Of course, I now have to meet with prospects and clients in Starbucks.
And, of course, I am sliding into a clinical depression. I grew up in the hood. This brings back flashbacks.
In my support group I discuss this reversal of fortune. I had assumed that I would be happy on South Raccoon Road until it was time for assisted living in Arizona (where the quality is high and the fee manageable).
Since I live in a basement apartment I now am hit not only with horrific brown sights but also the smells.
I put up signs. They were torn down.
So, I went to onsite property management.
I also called the owner - GMS Management Co. (216-7666-6000) - on 4645 Richmond Road in Cleveland, OH.
An activist type in my building has a more aggressive agenda. I let her know to count me in.
Therefore, yes, the problem could be solved. My lease has seven more months to run. This still could be my forever home.
But, I am not betting on it.
Last week I drove to rural areas outside Pittsburgh and reviewed apartment complexes. They were more affordable than Hillbrook. At one, the basic rent for a one-bedroom, before other charges such as pet rent are added, was about $400.00 a month. The journalist in me interviewed some residents. They were content.
Soon I will drive north toward Lake Erie and check out the apartment complexes about 15 minutes from Cleveland. They too are mighty affordable. The basic rent is under $500.00. Some include heat - very important in OH winters - in the rent. That's the only utility I am concerned about.
No, I am not happy about being "forced" to move.
The fees involved in a move are not cheap.
The inconvenience is massive.
You bet, I am hoping to wake up as the snow is melting and see no piles of brown, large and small.
The funds saved from not having to move will be put toward a vacation for my four-legged child - LOV - and myself to the Atlantic Ocean. We will watch the waves come in and memories of dog poop will recede into the whatever.
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