Here are some new developments as regards my housing options (lease is up mid Aug):
1-stay put. It's cheap to rent, not ideal, $$$ to heat. Great location, only 2 more years that we should stay in this town (complicated divorce issue)
2-a 3 bed/2 bath more on the other side of town just got posted on CL. Avail Sept 1 (but I finally heard back from prospective LL, she'll start showing it "in 2 weeks" so I am guessing Aug 1). LL asked when I was looking to move (told her ideally Aug 1 as lease expired 2 weeks later, this would give me time to move,clean). Wanted to know about my employment and who I'd be living with. Told her I've been a town resident since 1990, continuously employed teacher since 1987. Would be with my children and 2 indoor cats (allowed). I asked for more info (again)-which appliances, what about the sizes of the guest bedrooms-would they accomodate a set of twin beds for example? I await a follow up. This rental is at my max. Possible savings with anticipated reduction in oil bills. No idea about fireplace/stove as a backup.
3-another CL posting, this time for a 4 bedroom/2.5 bath Colonialon this side of town, from the 1970's-yes, they had insulation by then! Wood stove on site (awesome). This is $500 over my max BUT I spoke with college boy, simply exploring an idea-absolutley no commitment, but how would he feel about moving back in with Mom (he'd be bring the Gf with him). Written house rules in a contract with him/her, rent to be charged, as well as "rent" of $100 each to cover their groceries for the month. No set amount determined, again this was a fishing expedition. I told him that if he turned the idea down, I'd immediately eliminate this third option. He just left to get the GF at work, he'll talk to her about it. I've already heard back from this prospective LL, the house has all appliances, rooms would all accomodate a full/queen bed (has a king in one of the guest rooms). I have an appointment to see the house on Sat morning, taking DD with me. I don't do CL ads alone. : )
Just exploring options