Coffee Talk: House Hunting

Hi sweet friends!!! How is everyone doing today?! I am SO excited that it’s Thursday and time for our weekly chat! Seriously, it makes my week. I even treated myself to some fancy coffee this morning so I could really get in the groove.

Do you have your coffee too?! If not, pour yourself a big mug because that’s part of the rules. (Or tea, or water, or a nice little 8 AM rosรฉ moment, or whatever floats your boat but I like to pretend we’re on a little coffee date).

Ok real quick, before I dive straight in, the other night I had this like major blog breakthrough (in my head). All week this week, Ben has had to work late, which means I’ve been home alone with the cat every night until about 9 PM. No complaints or anything, but I feel like when I’m alone after work, I am actually super productive.

So the other night it was storming SO BAD and I’m absolutely terrified of storms. And I tried to watch the news and literally started crying (yeah, it’s that time, y’all lol) but honestly I was crying because of the tornado damage to a nursing home which is REALLY FREAKING SAD and I just decided I couldn’t watch it anymore.

Basically I closed all the blinds, turned off the TV, turned on some soothing music, lit every candle in the house and then I just sat here and THOUGHT.

I called it – wait for it – my Rainstorm Brainstorm.


I thought it was hilarious and so did my mom OK!?!?!

Yeah I know it’s kind of lame, but that’s me, so whatev. Anyway. I actually just sat here with an open blank document and typed out every single idea that came to my mind that I could talk about. And then I pulled out my (barely used) content calendar, and actually WROTE DOWN when I needed to post these ideas, and also what I want to Instagram each day.

It was pretty epic. Because if there’s something that I’m not super good at, it’s planning ahead. I’m just a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of person.

SO. With that being said I really do have so many fun posts coming up, and my Instagram (hopefully) will be a little cooler because I watched a tutorial on photo editing and I just hope it takes it all up a notch.

Sooooo within the next month expect maybe a few tweaks here and there. But I’m pumped.


I feel like we just had a full coffee talk but y’all don’t even know what we’re about to discuss yet!

Let’s get into it, shall we?

*Dramatic Sip*

Today I want to talk about something SUPER relevant to me TODAY and that is house hunting. Or should I say – apartment hunting. Rental hunting, maybe? Idk. It just doesn’t sound as cool lol.

But yeah some background here, Ben & I are renters and we currently live in the Lakeview neighborhood. We love it, but we have both always wanted to live closer to the city. Honestly though, we’re really not high-rise types. I LOVE to visit high rises (hello!? Doormen, amazing views, elevators, pools, and gyms – who wouldn’t want that?) but for some reason I just think living in one would feel like I’m living in a hotel. So we really prefer more of a residential feel.

Yeah, if you couldn’t really tell (*sarcasm*), my living environment is super important to me.

You know the type of people that can just live wherever and as long as it’s cheap or by their work or whatever they really don’t care?

Yeah. Not me. I’m pretty particular.

And our landlord is actually selling our current place which gives us a deadline. I’m actually totally OK with this, because we currently live in a 1-bedroom and we just need a little more space. So the house hunt has officially begun.

But it made me think (because I’m like obsessing over it) – what do you guys look for in a new house?

I realize this may have a crazy variety of answers depending on where you live – someone’s NYC list won’t be the same as Hoxie, Arkansas (yes, I’m obsessed with Bachelor even though this season is SO BORING). But I still want to know!

Like if you were on an episode of House Hunters RIGHT NOW – what would be on your list?

Do you need a yard for your dogs? A parking spot in the city? Washer & dryer in the unit? Hardwood floors? Carpet in the bedrooms? An updated kitchen?

Are you a modern design lover? Joanna Gaines farmhouse-style? Or do you prefer more of an eclectic, vintage-y feel?

I seriously want to know!

I feel like you can learn so much more about a ย person when you see their everyday environment and I seriously want to know your thoughts on this.

My wish list? In-unit washer & dryer are non-negotiables for me (and actually pretty hard to find in the neighborhoods I love). I am also a stickler for hardwood floors AT LEAST in the living areas. Bedrooms – I can deal with a little carpet, it keeps things quieter. Major updates aren’t a huge factor for me – I’m ok with older appliances as long as they work lol. Oh – and outdoor space is crucial for me. Idk what it is, but if I don’t at least have the option to walk out on a little deck or patio I feel kind of trapped.

I don’t feel like that’s too much to ask, RIGHT?!! Lol.

Should be an interesting next couple of weeks.

Ok but really. Can you guys tell me now??? Give me your House Hunters list! Even if it’s extreme, it’s just for fun! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!!! Oh – and do you have any advice I should heed while looking? Anything you’ve run into that you want to warn me of!? Tell me that, too!

I will be back on SATURDAY. Yes, SATURDAY. With a new post where I’m sharing a challenge that I’m taking on in March. I’m excited to share. See you soon! Xo.




  1. Oh, please keep us updated on the house hunting journey! About a year from now, my boyfriend and I will begin our hunt in Chicago so this will be so helpful! ๐Ÿ˜Š Best of luck!! Ps- washer/dryer in unit. Number one thing I can’t give up. And of course, pet friendly!

    1. Thank you Chelsea!! Omg that is so exciting you are moving here!!!! If you ever have any questions at all let me know! I’m so happy to help with neighborhoods and stuff like that. I know it can be super overwhelming!! When we moved here 5 years ago we had no clue where to look and I know how that feels. I will definitely keep you guys updated!!! Xoxoxo

  2. We really are the same person! Where I live is SO, SO important to me. My husband moved from a Loop high-rise (yuck) to live in a Lincoln Park 3 flat (heaven) with me because I insisted. Musts: close public transit, newer bathroom and kitchen, lots of sunlight, close to parks (coffee and good food too). Not important: door man, elevator, parking.

    Good luck with your hunt!

    1. Loooove Lincoln Park!! And agreed with all of the above. You know coffee = EVERYTHING. Must be close. Lol!! And agreed about the door man, elevator & parking!! I love that we’re so similar ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxoxoxo

  3. JILL! So I literally just bought a house. Not even a week ago. I did it so fast my head is still spinning like my in-unit washer and dryer (they actually didn’t come with the house, but I forced them to include it at no extra cost- GET A REALTOR they do miracles)

    The musts for me were: 2/2, safe for me to walk walter, updated b/c I am no Joanna G and have no desire to “fix up” anything, near-ish to my mother and father b/c I am still incredibly a child, and ability to run from my doorstep (don’t want to drive somewhere to run). That was seriously it. And I got it! There were others initially like “water view” and “balcony from the master bedroom” and “middle aged – to -elderly neighbors b/c I don’t want to hear children screaming” buuuuut it’s near impossible to get everything you WANT. So, really think about what you NEED, get that, and then if your want-list is included then that’s just a bonus! ps: I have a screaming child neighbor ๐Ÿ™

    1. MOLLY!!!! Congratulations!! That is freakin’ awesome!! I’m actually going to text you this weekend about something else, not sure if you’ll see this, but I can’t wait to hear about it all!! And I love your recommendations. So true. And I LOL’d about Joanna G. Love you!!!

  4. Hi! I love your blog and have been following it for awhile now. I just moved to Chicago a month ago and I’m in a short term lease. My boyfriend and I (25 &24) are moving in together in July and we need MAJOR help finding a place. I love the brick at your new place and we are deff dying for an in unite wash/dryer. Any tips for us? Where should we even be looking? Would Really appreciate the help!

    1. Hi Ashley!! That’s so exciting!!! Congrats! For me, I like walk-ups versus high-rises, so my main areas to look were Old Town, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview. The closer to the city you get (Old Town, Lincoln Park) the more the units will have a “vintagey” feel and more character like exposed brick, but sometimes the trade-off is a shared washer & dryer. My best advice is to start looking early and don’t give up! If you start looking early, you will know which listings are legit and which ones are scammy (you’ll see the “too-good-to-be-true” listing over and over and over again). I have always found my apartments on Craigslist, but Padmapper is also a really good app to use! Feel free to e-mail me if you have more questions! I’m happy to help ๐Ÿ™‚

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