I think we may have started looking too early, because all the places we have seen want someone to move in on April 1st. Our lease is up on May 31st, so that means we'd be paying rent in two places for two months. That's quite a bit of overlap.
We've had a couple places we were interested in, and today we just got word that the landlord of a place we were very interested in accepted our application (above the "pile" of apps he got). I'm not surprised, because it was a really reasonable rent for the size of the place and the location--which incidentally is a really great location for us. It's right near the college, in close walking distance to TheLimey's work and to Limelet's favorite familiar on-campus playground and possible part-time work for me (if I play my cards right, I guess). The only bad thing that I can see about it is that it's one of the places that wants us to start our lease April 1, so now we have to hunker down and make a firm decision if we really want to do this.
If we stay two years or more, which is our plan anyway, we would end up saving money because of the low rent ($300 less per month than most similar places, or even smaller places!), but there's that initial outlay of paying double rent for two months.
The place has a front porch, and a great back yard, especially for the area, which has mostly those long, thin little yards. This one has that, but then at the back of it, it has a huge yard joining onto our little thin one, like a mini-park. With trees and presumably squirrels. Ooh--I'm envisioning toddler splash parties already, now that I think of it... And the back is South-facing, so the kitchen (with gas range!!) would be facing the sun all day long (though there is a covered patio behind it). There are about twice as many rooms as we need, certainly more than most places we looked at, partly because the attic is finished. The only lackluster aspect is probably the bathroom, which is small and unprepossessing.
So--decision time then. I think we are, or at least I am, leaning towards a yes. But we are supposed to sign a lease Sunday, so that'll be the deadline.