I've narrowed it down to two companies that I'm looking at. I'm moving in about four weeks and they generally hold places for you for up to two, so I'm hoping to be able to go down there and get my specific unit in about two weeks. When you factor in things like utilities the two options are around the same price. Option 1: pros: 1.location, location, location! It's in what is supposed to be the best city neighborhood for young professionals. It's not right downtown but it is in a very nice looking walkable area attached to a large park. 2. heat, trash, water, and internet are included- on the other hand though, in my experience when an apartment provides internet it's very poor quality and I use mine a lot so that would be a big deal for me, and since heat is provided that also means it's controlled by the building meaning I have no control over what the actual temperature is 3. looks really nice- the apartment has really nice wood floors with stainless steal appliances, and the building is cute/artsy looking cons: 1. commute- about 20 minutes to work, but traffic is really bad in this area, so it could potentially be double that, especially in bad weather which would be frequent in the winter 2. size- 520 sq. feet 3.what I mentioned above about the heat and internet 4. no covered parking available- and we get A LOT of snow! Option 2: pros: 1. size- 760 sq. feet 2. gym and pool included, washer/dryer in my apartment included 3. individual garage available for rent- I would have to pay for it, but I think it's worth it 4. commute- about 10 minutes to work, very little traffic cons: 1. location- Although it's obviously a safe neighborhood, since it is a suburb I'm worried it will be more older/family oriented. There is a ton more stuff to do than where I live now (everything is within 5 minutes, but you'd have to drive, not walk), so there is a lot available but I'm mostly afraid that it would be hard to meet other people my age. 2. not as nice looking as the other place (certainly not bad or anything, but the other place just looks like a really nice place to live, whereas this looks like your typical suburb siding building!) 3. extra fees for pets- but still within my budget So essentially, I would be picking option 1 for the location or option 2 for all of the amenities. I just can't decide! I kind of want to try living near the city to see if I like it, and I think it would be easier to meet people being new to the area. However, I know the second one would be a much nicer place with everything that it offers, and I'll probably be meeting a lot of people through my district anyway, regardless of where I live. I really wanted a place that included a washer/dryer (I know it sounds kind of silly, but I hate, hate, hate having to drag my laundry around to do it other places) and one that included a garage just due to the fact that our winters are pretty bad. However, neither of those two things are available in city apartments that I've been able to find. So which one would you choose?