It's looking almost certain that within the next couple of months my relationship of 7 years is going to collapse in a heap of painful rubble. When it does, I want to leave the complete shithole that is Sheffield as quickly as possible and move to Leeds, since it's a) much nicer, b) where I work, and c) closer to everyone I know. But I don't know where to live.
I'm completely torn. My budget (for renting) will allow me either a swish flat on the canal in the middle of the city centre, or a nice, decent sized detached house with garage in a leafy suburb like Horsforth or Adel (one of the nice bits). I've had a couple of these new-fangled luxury apartments before in Sheffield, and both I've left because the noise bleed has been intolerable, people listening to music directly above drives me utterly insane and I'm very sensitive to it. But those flats were half the price of the ones in Leeds, which certainly look much nicer on the inside, so I'm wondering if the extra money would mean a better built apartment that doesn't just bleed noise through every wall round the clock. I guess I could fork out a bit more to try and get a top floor one, as in my experience it's noise coming down rather than through the sides or floor that's really problematic.
And it would be a much easier commute. Wake up at 8.30, five minute walk to work, no expense, no sitting in traffic. Easy access to night life, no paying for taxis. But they're small, really small compared to a house. I have a lot of stuff. I also play drums, and lots of Rock Band, both of which would have to stop completely if I got a flat but would be fine in a house. I'd feel guilty watching TV or having music on, as I know how much it makes me scream when people above me do it.
I also suffer really, really bad paranoia/OCD when it comes to leaving the house. I won't stay away for a night or go on holiday if I don't have someone to look after the house. I think I'd be far more comfortable leaving a flat unattended. With so many windows close together if your curtains stay open or shut for a week it won't stand out and nobody would notice, you need a key to get in the building and even if you did there's no way you could break the door down without anyone in the neighbouring flats hearing, so I could go away for a weekend and probably not worry too much.
Anyone have any experience or opinion? Sorry for waffling on, I'm exhausted.