A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about that fact that I would never live in a rich neighborhood. Funnily enough, when I wrote it, a few of you called me out because you knew that I own a place in the Hyatt Hotel.
About a year ago, I moved to Seattle from Orange County, California, because Seattle has a better entrepreneur community and no state income tax. And because I don’t believe in paying rent, I naturally bought a place once I found the right deal.
So, here is my place…
If you are bad at parking, you can always give your car to the valet.
There are usually some cool conferences going on that you can typically attend.
If you stress out like me every once in a while, you can go to the relaxation room to put your mind at ease.
The spa has some cool features like a steam room, which I use five to six times a week.
I have never used the pool, but it’s supposedly a salt water pool that has music playing underwater.
I don’t have any pets, but the weird part about the pet area is that it’s on the 18th floor instead of the ground floor.
I am kind of a hippy, which is why I live here. The building is LEED certified, which means my electric bill only comes to $9.00 a month.
I never cook, but one day, I am going to learn how to.
If you don’t know how to cook or clean like me, you can always call room service.
Painting of me
My friend from Globalizer sent me a move-in gift, which was a painting of me holding up a black American Express credit card. I don’t have the card anymore, but I did when I was 21 or 22 years old.
I know this picture looks a bit weird, but I am too cheap to pay for anything. Luckily for me, the following companies furnished my place: Online Poker, Nerdy Shirts, Shoemoney Capital, Revenue Enhancement Group, Train Signal Computer Training, Chitika, Get Ads, Globalizer Network, Device Doctor, Driver Library, Buddy TV, John Chow, Five Q Enterprises, and Big Door Media.
I know I said I would never live in a rich neighborhood, and I am still sticking with it. I live in downtown Seattle because it’s convenient for me. And although my place is decent, there are a lot of places that are close by that aren’t “fancy.” For example, I lived in a 275-square-foot apartment that was located across from a drug park for six months when I first moved to Seattle, and I loved it.
The main reason I chose to live in a hotel wasn’t to show off. I am an entrepreneur that has very little free time on his hands. If I cooked and cleaned myself (I used to clean restrooms for a living), I would technically lose more money doing that than if I paid someone to do those things for me.
Lastly, I know the pictures look “great”, but it isn’t as fun as you may think. I still prefer living in a 50-year-old home in La Palma, California. You never end up using the fancy amenities places like this hotel provide.
*Update: I never purchase real estate to lose money. I truly think I will make a good return on my investment. Before I bought this place, I put offers on over twenty other homes. My theory was that if I kept placing low offers, someone would accept one sooner or later. You just have to be patient and take emotions out of the picture when negotiating.
*Update 2: If you are wondering why I moved away from the place that was across the drug park, it was because the Internet was really slow, and I almost got mugged twice.