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Manhattan - Here They Come!

We had a great trip to Manhattan yesterday. Brandon got out of class early, so we met at Varney's Bookstore and picked up a few things. Then the rest of the afternoon we spent driving around looking at the outside of houses and looked at one 4 bdrm. apartment. The apartment was pretty small, and the kitchen was almost non-existent. I had found one house in the Manhattan paper (online) so we drove by it and called the owner. After several phone calls back and forth (she had to call the current renters) we were allowed to look at the inside of the house. It has 4 bedrooms (the 4th was made out of the garage), 2 baths, a nice sized living room and a nice sized kitchen. It even has a small patio in the backyard, and the owners provide a mower for the yard. We went ahead and signed a lease and paid the deposit (one month's rent) and the lease starts August 1. I had no idea you had to find a place so early in the year for the fall semester! Originally our trip was for engineering day - but Kaleb opted not to go to that since he'd been to senior day not very long ago. I'm so glad we decided to do the "house / apartment hunt" instead!

Currently there are 3 K-state students living in the house, so I didn't take pictures while we were there. However, the owner e-mailed us some pictures when we thought we might not be able to get inside. Oh, and the location is great too! It's just west of the basketball arena, and the football & baseball fields. Their 4th roommate, Dom, is studying in London this semester. He had already told Brandon to pick something out because he doesn't care where he lives! It's an older house, and not fancy, but I think it will work well for them. If it does, they will probably live there for the next 2 years.

Here is the living room looking into the kitchen...Here is the kitchen...Here is the 2nd bathroom behind the bedroom they made out of the garage:Since we bought quite a bit of stuff for Brandon when he moved into the Jardine Apartment last semester, we think they are pretty well set for living in a house. We are planning on giving them the couch and love seat we have in the basement. Eventually we'll buy some new furniture. Keep your fingers crossed that between scholarship money, graduation money, saving money from their jobs, and loans - they can afford this!

Now I have to get busy and fill out their FAFSA's. I got our taxes done, so now I can do this. Then we'll know how much government money they can borrow for next year.


Lenore said…
So they decided to let Kaitlin live with them after all?
Linda J said…
yep. Since Brady flunked out and it's just Dom, Brandon and Kaleb, they're cool with it. She will get the biggest bedroom (the old garage) in exchange for doing most of the cooking & cleaning. She's just disappointed she can't take her cats.

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