On Thursday, I visited two boarding houses in Ashfield. In the first house, which is about ten mins from the train station, there were no common areas, i.e a lounge, nor a tv, and also no oven in the kitchen. But it had a very nice backyard. The rent is $155. The owner was egging me and trying to frighten by saying it was cheap for the area if I didnt take it, someone else will (I didnt think so, but kept it to myself).
The owner is from China, but I didnt tell him I am Chinese, and am used to cock and bull stories from typical malaysian chinese salespeople at home. So I just shrugged his story off.
The second house has a common area, which is a lounge, with three sofas, a big television, an oven in the kitchen, a separate male, and female bathroom/toilet, and a outdoor area with some table. It has a backyard which is shared with the house behind, and a little messy.
But neither of them had a table for dining, except for the former, which was outdoors and had roofing over. The rent was $140 and over, as there was a second room available but I couldnt view it.
In terms of socialisation, I much preferred the second one house. I am more inclined to choose that, but let God help me to choose should a better one come along.
After that, I visited the library in Ashfield. It's much bigger, with a completely newly renovated local Civic Centre.
After a chat with some mates, they said it was too expensive as there were 8 persons to be sharing the house and $165 was a bit too expensive in a boarding house of that many!!