I think I found a house to live in!

A few days back, I saw this ad on Craigslist:

One bedroom of three available in perfect Wallingford home. Current occupants are two mid 20’s female professionals: fun people who like to hang out, but are still independent. Large house and yard, one block from bus line (great for UW or downtown commute) in great neighborhood.

$525 Great Wallingford house with two fun girls!

Looking for another NON-smoker, 20-something female who is considerate, grounded and somewhat clean. No pets allowed.

Currently $525 on a month-to-month lease–must pay about $75 in utilities (depending on the month), includes wireless internet and cable. Looking for someone to move in around the end of April/beginning of May.

We’d love to hear from you =)

I responded with my standard email I send to all the potential places:

I am interested in coming and checking out your place.

About me: I’m 23, just graduated from UW with a business degree. I love being around people and just generally having a good time. Lately I have been trying to become a better chef and so far can cook a pretty mean pasta, a solid steak and good scallops.

I am a great roommate and have lived closely with others my whole life; 4 little brothers, roommates throughout college (and I’m actually still close friends with most of them). I am friendly, but will respect your space.

I am currently working as a business analyst at a downtown Seattle technology firm and also starting my own business on the side. I always am looking for new challenges, whether they be in the business world or for fun. I climbed Mt. Adams last summer and am thinking about climbing Mt. Ranier or something similar this summer. I love sports (especially football) as well as outdoor activities, such as hiking, canoeing, sailing, running and so on. Sometimes it is nice just to relax and watch a movie or read a book to though.

Hope to hear from you soon! Contact me back at XXXXX@gmail.com or call XXX-XXX-XXXX.


I didn’t really expect a response because she had specifically said that they were looking for a female. To my surprise, she emailed me back and asked me a few questions and I answered them and she responded by asking if I wanted to come check it out. So yesterday I got the address (in Wallingford, a few blocks east of I-5) and went over and looked at it.

The house is gorgeous and enormous. The room I would have is in the daylight basement and is much larger than my current room. I would also have a huge storage/living space throughout the rest of the lower floor. Upstairs, they have a nice living room fully furnished with pretty decent stuff. There is a nice backyard with a view for BBQs during the summer (they have a charcoal and gas grill). I have been hunting for an apartment for a while and I just fell in love with the place. I met one of the girls who would be my roommate and she was really nice and is a professional working at Boeing. She seems like a classy, fun All-American type of girl and I think it would be a really good situation. She told me about the other girl (works as a law clerk for a judge) and she sounded cool too.

However, this may be too good to be true: Melanie (the girl I met) said that they had specifically been looking for a girl, but thought I was a cool guy from my response and wanted to meet me. My guess is that there is tons of other girls who are very interested in moving in, so I’m at a disadvantage. I am supposed to go meet the second roommate on Sunday, so hopefully I’ll be able to make a good enough impression to overcome the fact that I’m a guy. I’ll be continuing to search for places to live until then, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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Joel Gross is the CEO of Coalition Technologies.

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