If you're an outdoorsy person, living in an apartment rather than a house in the country might not be your first choice -- but if you want to live near your job in the suburbs or city, it's probably the wisest choice. It is possible to find an apartment that's at least somewhat accommodating of more outdoorsy activities, such as hiking, biking and kayaking. Look for these features:
Spacious, off-street parking.
You don't want to be squeezed into a tiny, street-side parking spot as you try to load your kayak into the back of your car or mount your bike rack on your hood. Look for an apartment with spacious, off-street parking lots, and packing your car for weekend adventures will be a lot easier. Side-by-side parking is a lot better than parallel parking since you don't have to worry that easy access to your trunk will be blocked by someone parking too close.
Cleaning off muddy boots and other dirty gear can be a challenge in a tiny apartment bathroom. If your apartment has a utility sink, this task becomes much easier, and you don't have to worry about scrubbing mud out of a formerly pristine bathroom sink, either. Some apartment facilities have utility sinks in the shared laundry spaces instead of in the individual units. This is a pretty good option, too.
Access to extra storage.
Whether you're a hiker, a biker, a kayaker, a hunter, or all of the above, your outdoor activities are sure to require a lot of equipment. You don't want to have to store your bike in the kitchen or your kayak on the coffee table. Make sure the apartment you rent has access to additional storage. Some units have storage lockers that you can lease separately. Others might include access to a storage locker in your rent.
Wall-to-wall carpet might be nice for some people, but when you're an outdoor adventurer who is bound to come home muddy from time to time, having hard-surface floors, at least in the entryway, is essential. This way, you won't have to worry about paying a fee for having muddied up the carpet when you move out. Cleaning a tile or vinyl floor is as simple as wiping it off.
If you can find an apartment with the amenities above, continuing to be involved in your favorite activities will be easier -- even now that you're not living in the country.
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