When I took a new job and moved into the city, I had a little extra money to spend on rent.
I chose one of the larger apartment complexes that includes a long list of amenities.
Although the rent was at the high end of my budget, I decided to splurge for one year. After that, I planned to move out of the city, make the longer commute to work and start saving to buy my own home. The apartment complex offered everything I could ever want in accommodations. There are tennis courts, racquetball courts and a giant pool where I can swim laps. All around the pool are sun loungers, and there’s an outdoor kitchen with a barbecue and seating area. Within my apartment I have state-of-the-art appliances, including a washer and dryer, huge bathrooms and a balcony that overlooks the pool. I am just a short walk away from a complete workout area. The gym is located just down the hall and is outfitted with every imaginable type of exercise equipment. There are several types of treadmills, stationary bikes and rowing machines. I can use the stairmaster or a wide variety of strength training machines. Along with a weight bench and dumbbells, I have access to medicine balls, kettlebells, resistance bands and battle ropes. There is plenty of space to unroll a yoga mat and stretch. The gym offers bathrooms and a water cooler. Everything is kept spotless and I typically have the facility all to myself. Although I’m paying a great deal in rent, I’m saving money on a gym membership. I’ve now lived in my same apartment for three years. I’ve looked into less expensive accommodations, but I have no interest in moving out and leaving so many luxuries behind.