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The search is on!

It was May 2018. I’d been in Japan for five months and everything was going well. I’m from a Caribbean island originally. Although I’ve travelled to many places and experienced foreign climates, that year I’d had my first true taste of winter and spring. It was different but in a great way. I’m a shopaholic, not diagnosed,  but all the same, it’s my addiction. To cater for seasonal changes one has to dress the part. This new environment justified all the shopping I had done to stay warm thus far and would have to do in the upcoming months to survive. Summer, after all, was on the horizon.

I was living in Kuji, Tama Ward, Kawasaki Prefecture at that time. Although the walk to the station was a bit far, delayed further by two sets of traffic lights to cross before you got there, I really liked the area. On my way home, I used to pass a 7/11, Lawson, two supermarkets, a bakery, a laundry mart, two drug stores, a few hairdressers, restaurants and many other essential establishments. It was convenient and easy living there. For all its merits, there were still some things lacking but I couldn’t quite figure out what.

A friend of mine invited me over to her place for a movie night and that was the first time I visited an Oakhouse residence. It certainly took me by surprise but it answered my question about what had been missing in my life. Camaraderie (mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together) and entertainment. We all need a certain amount of social stimulation to be healthy. That’s when I started looking into Oakhouse shared residences.

I was very particular about what I wanted in my new accommodation because let’s be honest, moving is a lot of work and a big deal. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you cry, “Why, oh why, did I move here?” Being comfortable is just as important as making social connections. I had a tidy list of requirements at hand. It went something like this:

- cost of utilities included in the monthly rental payment

- a proper mattress and bed frame

- wifi throughout the building

- lots of storage space

- a proper clothes’ drying area

- non-smoking rooms (if you aren’t a smoker then you’re really sensitive to tobacco and can discern the slightest trace of it)

- air conditioning

- a desk and chair

- a fridge

- really close to the train line

- a nice lounge

- a recreation room

- a theatre room

- a gym

- lots of kitchen space and equipment

- a personal mailbox

Sounds extensive right? You’re thinking, “Dream on sister! It’s a house, not a mansion!” I can confidently say that you’re wrong. Fourteen out of fifteen ain’t bad (just swap study room for recreation room).
I visited six sharehouses as the Oakhouse website is really user friendly and the process for viewing rooms is easy. Ichigao West exceeded my expectations. The only thing missing on site is a gym but there are three near to the house. I was quite happy with the newly built, four story building. The rooms are an extremely satisfying size, the kitchen has three cooking stations, the lounge extends out onto a glass enclosed deck, each floor has its own laundry room and toilets and there are seven showers. Resources are always available and the great thing is you don’t have to scrub the shower anymore! Maintenance does the major cleaning. Just always tidy up after yourself in the common/shared areas, please. Thank you!

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