The tricky part will be finding a property near public transportation. There is only one bus route that will get me to work on time in the morning, and most of the properties currently available in my price range are separated from the bus by over a mile, not to mention a major highway with only one overpass. Since I don't want to walk 35-45 minutes in the dark (and the cold and the rain) every morning to reach the bus, that limits me to a smaller number of houses that are near the bus route. Luckily, I don't have any pressing need to leave my current apartment, so I have plenty of time to find the perfect place.
I'll be starting my search on Thursday, when the agent will be taking me to tour the various neighborhoods with available properties. I'm looking forward to seeing things in person rather than snapshots from real estate websites.
In other news, I couldn't resist ordering a few more plants for my balcony, including this Passiflora vine. The poor little thing dropped its leaves after I transplanted it into a larger pot, though, so I hope it recovers. My other plants are doing all right. The bay laurel tree I got several months ago has just shot up to nearly double its height over the past couple weeks. The pineapple sage now has tall stalks of bright red flowers that have attracted at least one hummingbird. And I finally have a bunch of serrano peppers nearly ready to harvest.