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Houses/Apartments
  • I recently spent a month on vacation – but instead of staying in a hotel, I looked for a short-term rental (a place to live that can be rented for a short period of time). I ended up sharing a two-bedroom apartment – that’s an apartment with two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen – with some friends. It was actually cheaper than renting a studio apartment (an apartment with only one big room) all by myself.
  • The apartment was on the top floor of a five-story building (that’s a building with five floors) and it had a balcony overlooking the ocean(that means you can see the ocean from the balcony). From the roof, we also had a nice view ofthe city skyline (this is another expression used when you can see something from a certain place).
  • The apartment had recently been remodeled/renovated – meaning it was fixed up and improved – and was fully furnished, so it already had furniture (beds, tables, etc.) and appliances (refrigerator, stove, etc.)
  • We loved the spacious living room (the room was big), but unfortunately the bedrooms were rather cramped (small and uncomfortable). It was nice to spend a month there, but by the end of the trip I started to feel homesick – that’s when you feel sad because you miss your life at home.
  • I’d really like to have a place of my ownso that I’m not throwing away money on rent every month, but there’s a real shortage of affordable housing(houses/apartments that are reasonably priced) in my city. Even if I stay away from the upscale neighborhoods(areas where rich people live), I’d still have to take out a mortgage(borrow money from the bank, in order to buy a house) and it’ll take me more than 30 years to pay it off.
  • But still, I’m gonna start saving up for a down payment (an initial payment on a big purchase). Someday, when I do move into a new place, I’ll be sure to throw a housewarming party (a party to celebrate living in a new house/apartment).
Useful Collocations

short-term rental: a place to live that can be rented for a short period of time
two-bedroom apartment: an apartment with two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen
studio apartment: an apartment with only one big room
five-story building : that’s a building with five floors
overlooking the ocean: that means you can see the ocean from the balcony
had a nice view of : when you can see something from a certain place
recently been remodeled/renovated: fixed up and improved
fully furnished: beds, tables refrigerator stove
spacious living room: Big room
bedrooms were rather cramped : small and uncomfortable
feel homesick: feeling sad because you miss your life at home
have a place of my own: not throwing away money on rent
affordable housing: houses/apartments that are reasonably priced
upscale neighborhoods : areas where rich people live
take out a mortgage: borrow money from the bank, in order to buy a house
down payment : an initial payment on a big purchase
throw a housewarming party: a party to celebrate living in a new house/apartment

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