So, we are curently renting a very old house. We have been here for almost two years, our 2nd son was born here. It's a great place. But it's so old and my baby got a 19 on his lead test. And it's small, there's no backyard,no washer or dryer...I could go on. It's only 675/month and we only pay electric, phone and internet. The heat is not electric. We're students and cannot afford a lot, but have so clearly grown out of the place we're in.
We are looking for somewhere new and have narrowed it down to two places. One is a town house, a little further from town than where we live now, but not much. It's new and cute, bigger, 3 bedrooms, 3 floors (no basment), 1.5 bath, has a shared backyard and a teeny little shed. It has electric heat, not included in rent and is 875/month.
Place two is a house owned by friends. It's huge and beautiful. 5 miles from down, but we can still bike there easily which is very important to us. It has a garden, a giant back yard, a huge shed, a full basment, 3 bedrooms plus a loft type thing and 2 full baths. The rent is 900/month and the only utility we'd pay is the oil heat. It is older, but we can do some stuff to the windows come winter.
I'd like to know which place do you think would be more be economical and enviromentaly responsible overall.