I'm quite discouraged about this, because I feel the air in here is unhealthy and am not sure air purifiers will really help, though I'm willing to try. Yesterday I laid out around $200 for a near top-of-the-line unit with a regular and HEPA filter. I'm going to try that out and see if it has any impact. If it does, I'll order a second one. Overall that's a bit of cash but with my allergies and being at home most of the time, being stuck inside with no fresh air and tons of dust and pet dander is just horrid. Even though I get used to it, when I walk in the door the odor hits me, just this stink of animal, cooking, etc. and it really ruins the niceties of what's otherwise a lovely home. Just want to *smash* the windows, I swear!
Meanwhile I told Caleb about all this and he basically encouraged my pipe dream of moving to this beautiful old building The Ponce up in Midtown (see this page for historic background). I *love* that building and there are gorgeous units there quite comparable to mine and not even a lot more expensive -- plus they are actual old units, not newly built like mine. As such they have *real* wood floors, beautiful marble fireplaces, built-in bookcases, and OMG one of the best features, outdoor iron balconies big enough to use, plus insulated windows that open! The building has a great location as well, right across the from Fox Theater, a block from North Avenue MARTA station, a block from my favorite restaurant, a few blocks from a big supermarket.
Anyway, indulging in the fantasy of moving, I looked up what units are for sale and out of the half-dozen for sale, came up with two I love, one of which is realistic price-wise (similar to my present), one of which is not, unless I find myself a rich husband ;) (When you click on link, mouse-over the spots on the picture to change the pictures.)
Lovely 1 BR 1 BA, just my style
Drool-worthy 2 BR completely out of my price range
I wish The Ponce was downtown and that it was easy to sell units in my present building. As it is, given the market, lack of parking garage, etc., I would expect it would take at least a year to sell my unit. Let's hope I never need to move in a hurry!