April 14, 2010

Finding a roommate

While researching this story about finding a roommate, I spent some time clicking through craigslist "roommate wanted" postings. I was curious to see what Baltimore folks say they want from a roommate, and what they say about themselves.

Here's what caught my eye:

One woman looking for a room near the harbor describes herself as "pulchritudinous" -- a 15th-century word for beautiful, so hey: lovely and smart.

Two men living in Canton, advertising the third bedroom, ask for the usual in a roommate -- be respectful -- but hope for more: "It would be great if you like to go out with us or join in community sports teams so hopefully we can all not just live together but be friends as well."

A 25-year-old man sharing a city home with a 21-year-old woman says they're looking for another roommate -- female only: "I have had much better girl roommate experiences than ones with guys revolving around household responsibility. I'm a guy but I pick up my end of the chores!"

Someone advertising a $425-a-month room for rent bucks the trend of asking for quiet types: "Have to be outgoing. The people in the house are 21-22 [and] they party all night."

But it's not all laughs.

An Anne Arundel County man, offering a free room to someone who will watch his son during the day and help his school-aged daughter with her hair, writes: "I am a single Dad in need of help. childrens mother deceased."

And a 22-year-old Cecil County resident with a 1-year-old daughter is desperately searching for a place she can rent for $400 a month. "I will be homeless within the week," she writes.  

Posted by Jamie Smith Hopkins at 7:00 AM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Renting, Roommates
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Jamie Smith Hopkins, a Baltimore Sun reporter since 1999, writes about the regional economy. Her reporting on the housing market has won national and local awards. Hopkins is a Columbia native and has lived in Maryland all her life, save for 10 months spent covering schools in Ames, Iowa.
She trained to become a wonk by spending large chunks of time as a geek and an insufferable know-it-all.
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