Luxury Apartments

Have you ever looked for a place to live in the classified ads? I have and I’ve seen some real dumps. Amoeba and I once looked at a “spacious, 5 bedroom condo with a spectacular view of Diamond Head”.  The place did have 5 bedrooms, but we were asked not to use one because it was above the bedroom of the day sleeper who lived in the basement unit.  Oh, and the “condo” was a chopped up house.  Proof of the old adage, “If it sounds to good to be true then it probably is.” Before you start apartment shopping, you might want to check out the Apartment Market Overview.

Then, if you’re looking for Luxury Apartment Rentals, you’ll want to check out Bling Apartments [dot] com. The Bling Apartments website is easy to navigate, provides a good selection of listings, offers an abundance of current photographs, and even supplies floor plans so you can do much of your shopping online and formulate your questions before you arrive to consider the actual property. In addition, you will find the rent/leases prices clearly displayed by unit and by floor plan.

My Own Eagle’s Nest

For most of my life I have dreamed of having my own little cabin in the woods.  It was a vague dream with no defined locale, but San Juan Island has changed that.  I would love to have a little cabin on one of the cliffs overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Park Homes has the perfect cabin. The Harper model is a gorgeous two person hideaway, plus it has a double loft so Amoeba can have his musical instruments on one side and there’s sleeping room for a guest or two on the other. I love this model not just for the space, but because it is full of light and windows — a must if I am going to perch it on a prime whale watching cliff overlooking Orca territory.

Now all I have to do is find the lot to put it on. Thanks to the Federal Manufactured Housing Program, I don’t have to worry about the quality of my manufactured home. Park Homes meet and exceed industry standards, plus, they can be customized.

Buy a Foreclosed Home & Save Big

Many of my friends will be relocating over the summer. They’re in the market for new homes, so when I was asked to review this Foreclosure Listings search engine I thought it might come in handy. To use the Bank Foreclosures search engine, just visit the website and type in the city and state you are moving to and you will receive a list of foreclosed homes. Even though you won’t get a brand new home, many of them are like new — but you don’t get those brand new prices.

Believe it or not, I found six listings for right here in Friday Harbor, WA. and the prices almost blew me away! I found a 1,264 square foot, 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home on a 25000 ft (approx. one-half acre) lot for less than $200,00.00!

Stats and photos are available for each home. The ForeclosurePatch also provides a large selection of instructional articles about how to buy a foreclosed home. Further information on affordable housing options is also available.


I just found out about Move.Com and I am impressed. I am so impressed I am darn well tempted to move again even though I love this house. I just typed my own zip code into the search engine at and a half-dozen rental units came up, a couple of them really sharp houses.

As you know, we found this house we’re living in from an internet search, but none of the search engines had anything listed for Friday Harbor, Wa. The closest they came was Everett, WA which is an hour’s ferry ride and about 100 miles away. Move.Com has a house listed that’s within walking distance to my place. You want to be my neighbor?

The next time I am looking for apartments for rent, or (more likely) houses, I am definitely going to check out Move. Com. I wish I had known about them last November. It could would have saved me hours of net crawling before I found this house!

Visit Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington State

Of course, I could be prejudice since I live here, but I think Friday Harbor is one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest — and that’s saying something because this is a land of impressive scenery.  Friday Harbor is on San Juan Island, nestled in the middle of Puget Sound between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, BC.  It is part of a chain of lush, green islands that dot the blue-gray sea.

Friday Harbor is home to about 2500 permanent residents, and a rich collection of wildlife including majestic eagles and Orca whales.  We live in an outdoor recreational paradise with an abundance of hiking trials, kayaking opportunities, deep sea fishing, whale watching, camping, etc.  If the opportunities to have fun don’t blow your socks off the island views certainly will!

I don’t know how many of you are aware that both Susan and Thom plan to be here this Summer.  There’s no reason we can’t expand the group to include you, too.  My house is full already, but if you need a vacation rental in Friday Harbor there are plenty to choose from. There are three beautiful bed & breakfast houses within walking distance of our home. San Juan Island also has some great camp grounds. Susan says she and the kids plan to check those out.

The greatest concern you will have in visiting Friday Harbor is transportation. If you wish to bring your car, check with the Washington State ferry system for the round trip fees. Or, for five dollars per day you can leave your car in the long term parking lot at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal. If you are flying into Seattle, rather than renting a car you may wish to just catch a transfer flight on Kenmore Air, they have both land and seaplane service into Friday Harbor. I have flown in both ways and I love the seaplanes the best.