I remember the NY Times used to (maybe still does) have slide shows featuring houses around the country so you could marvel at how little or far your dollar would take you. When I reveal how much I pay to live in London most people are shocked. So, here’s a tour!
Before I tell you how much it costs to live here, keep these two things in mind:
1) My commute is short! We’re talking 10 minutes and I’m in the city.
2) I live in a clean, very safe area in a nice, newly renovated house. So lovely. Lots of green space. Close to shopping and excellent dining.
For this room (with a cute little fireplace!) …
…. in a house with three other housemates (I don’t have a say in who moves in) and only one bathroom, I pay what is the equivalent of about $1,100-$1,200 per month, all bills inclusive. When I lived in Terre Haute, Indiana, and had a bigger room, way bigger kitchen and only one roommate (Hi, Garry!), I paid $280. Thinking about that price almost makes me feel sick!
I pay only a little more than most of my friends, but the two things I mentioned at the beginning of the post are very important to me. I absolutely did not want to live somewhere that I didn’t feel safe walking home at night, or even during the day! I have a love affair with how short my commute is. Most importantly, I like coming home. I feel happy there and it’s relaxing. I think all of these things are pretty hard to find in a big city, especially for a good price.
It’s safe to say I take over most of the kitchen. I have three full cabinets, while the three boys in the house each have one that they barely fill.
The fridge is another story. One small shelf. My shopping is being delivered tomorrow, at which point it will be even more packed??
Can’t forget the living room, aka room to hang wet clothes out to dry. I tidied up for this picture, but as you can see in the mirror, we have hanging shirts rather than photo frames. Such is the British household …
It might be crazy expensive, but I’m still enjoying city life enough to make it worth it!