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House sitter for almost any kind of house/apt in Ann Arbor :)

Tenant Looking for a Home in Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Monthly Budget: Maximum USD $1000

Looking for an Entire Home | Willing to Housesit
Tenant Timing: From September 15, 2023 until December 20, 2023

Description

I have a semester away from my home university in the UK, and would like to spend it back in Ann Arbor (where I'm from), to be near my parents for a while and have some time and space for myself. About me: I'm in my early 40s, university professor (equiv. of assistant prof) in the UK, to my utter horror generally responsible adult. I'm pretty handy and aware of practical house stuff, and I take care of the objects around me (I know that sounds weird, but I do). I have had a cat for many years (current cat will be staying with a friend while I'm gone). I live pretty quietly, no noisy parties and not many late nights out. I'll probably be mostly reliant on a bicycle, or foot/bus for transportation, although I'm also happy to take care of a car (e.g. keep it unfrozen, drive once in a while to keep the battery up once it gets colder). I grew up in Ann Arbor, so I also know about house-care things like raking and snow shovelling, if that's relevant ?? What I'm looking for: an apartment or house, ideally low-rent or no-rent in exchange for house-sitting, with grown-up spaces for things like cooking (i.e. not a hotplate and a dorm fridge). I don't need a separate office or space for anyone staying there other than me. I'm not really looking for a home-share situation (housemate or property owner). I'd love to be convenient-ish to downtown although not necessarily in it-- around my house here I'm happy to walk or bike a mile or two regularly, and further occasionally if I need to. Preferably in a quiet-ish area, not right in the middle of lots of student houses. In the interests of a continuing relationship with my parents, I probably couldn't house-sit for an apartment in the lower-town development on the corner of Maiden Lane and Broadway, but pretty much anything else :) What I'll be doing: partly, decompressing from several incredibly stressful years of work, and thinking about career planning. I'm taking an unpaid career break for this, and also to spend some time as an adult living closer to my parents (I've lived increasingly far away for the past two decades, first Massachusetts and then England). I may also be working on a few writing projects, including a book on translation studies and book history (don't ask unless you have a lot of time!), but only if I feel like I actually do have the mental space for it. If not, I'll possibly be doing some translation work, helping rake the leaves at my parents' house, and maybe painting sets for the U of M Gilbert and Sullivan Society. About rent: I know the number I've put is pretty low for Ann Arbor, but I'm taking unpaid leave and still paying part of my UK rent, and UK salaries aren't particularly high compared to the US. Fingers crossed.

Bedrooms
1

Bathrooms
1

Offices
0

Suited For
1

Property Type
House, Apartment or Condo, Studio or Loft

Tenant Timing

From September 15, 2023 until December 20, 2023

Estimated Duration

3 Months | My dates are flexible

Comments: Sometime in September to sometime in December? Pretty flexible.

Desired Location

Ann Arbor, MI, United States

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Surroundings

  • Off Campus

Tenant Budget and Terms

Maximum USD $1000 Monthly

I am fine with utilities included or not included

I am fine with or without a cleaning service

Considerations

I prefer smoking not allowed in the home

House Sitting

I am willing to housesit

Yes, I can help with pets

I love cats and have had a cat for many years (she's staying with a friend though). I'm not your person for dogs though. Fish, birds, other mammals negotiable.

Yes, I can help with mail and deliveries

Whatever you need :)

Yes, I can help with plants or garden

I'm generally good with houseplants, but best if I have specific instructions. Happy to do some gardening too.

Features

Interior

Furnished

Connectivity

High Speed Internet

Appliances

Oven

Stove

Refrigerator

Tenant Details

Who's Coming?

Party of
1
1 Adult

Member Background

Languages

English, Italian

About Me

University lecturer in England, from Michigan, by way of Massachusetts, with a few stopovers in Italy. I teach and research in translation studies, and I also dance salsa, knit, rock climb, sing in choirs, and garden increasingly. I live in a cute little very English brick terraced house with a postage-stamp back garden, with a housemate and a cat. I haven't owned a car since I moved to England 9 years ago.

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