So I took a look at Zillow and found several Miami apartments priced around $ 1,650 per month, which I pay for my Brooklyn apartment.
I was intrigued by a two bedroom apartment listed on Zillow for $ 1,700 in Little Havana, which is about 40 minutes from downtown Miami by public transit.
At 1,100 square feet, the apartment was more than double the size of my two-story Brooklyn apartment, and came with some extra amenities that I didn’t have.
In Brooklyn, I live in an apartment under 500 square feet, about 30 minutes from Lower Manhattan by train.
According to my lease, this is technically a 1.5 bedroom apartment. But I only use one room as a bedroom, and I have two additional small spaces that I use for work and play.
While I love my Brooklyn apartment with all of its quirks – I’m looking at you, the windows facing each other – I decided I had to visit this Miami apartment to see what I was missing.
Upon entering I was greeted by a bright kitchen roughly the same size as my kitchen in Brooklyn with the same amount of counter space and storage.
Like my home, the Miami apartment also had windows in the kitchen to let in natural light, which I loved.
But one interesting thing about the Miami apartment that I didn’t have in Brooklyn was the interior window facing the living room. I imagined I could watch TV while doing the dishes.
My sink faces a wall in Brooklyn, and the refrigerator blocks my view of my small living room.
The living room in the Miami apartment, on the other hand, was huge, almost triple the size of the living room in my Brooklyn apartment.
I was excited when I saw a sliding patio door in the living room leading to a small balcony.
I thought the patio overlooking lots of green in the courtyards below was just big enough for two people to enjoy it quietly.
In Brooklyn, my bedroom window opens onto an emergency staircase leading to a sidewalk that I use as an outdoor space.
But the fire escape doesn’t have enough room for two people to sit comfortably, so when I have someone at home, one of us has to sit on the windowsill .
There was a half bathroom downstairs plus a full bathroom upstairs in the Miami apartment.
I only have a small bathroom at home and thought it would be nice to have a second one, especially when I have friends in my house.
Upstairs, the Miami apartment had two decently sized bedrooms a bit smaller than my master bedroom with windows and large closets.
My Brooklyn apartment has two small rooms that lead to the master bedroom. One of them is my music room, but I thought about using it as a workout space or for other activities.