Some of the things I'm looking at in a condo:
- Under $350,000. Holy crap, why would someone give me $350,000? This one actually narrows down the list of places available a lot.
- A heat pump or at least forced air heating. A heat pump would provide me with air conditioning during the summer. Growing up in Nebraska, air conditioning is no longer an optional creature comfort; it's as essential as drinking water. A place with central heating could be converted to also provide air conditioning. A place with baseboard heating is a lost cause; baseboard heating automatically disqualifies the place.
- Reasonably close to Microsoft. I don't want to have to buy a car, and I'd really rather not take the bus. Unfortunately, there are very few options near Microsoft at the moment. I may end up getting a place in Kirkland or Yarrow Point, WA, and taking a bus, though I loathe the idea. I hate commutes.
There used to be a lot more things there, but those three criteria are already strict enough that they don't even yield a dozen places as it is. I kept lowering standard after standard until I reached the above list. Next week I'll be talking to banks and touring places, taking notes and pictures. Very soon after that, I'll have to pick one. This is crazy.