I am looking to move out to an apartment soon, and I have spent the last 2-3 weeks looking at places. As I am looking for a 6 months lease, I have found my options quite limited, but there are two places I have seen that I am quite keen on.
The first one is located 3 minutes from Kanda station. It's a 30.5m2 studio, located on the 5th floor of a "high rise" (13 floors) building. The building was completed in 2005, so it is pretty new. It's furnished which is handy.
The second one is located in Edogawabashi. It's a 34.5m2, and designated as a 2DK (the balcony is bigger too). 2nd floor of a low rise building (4-5 floors). The building was completed in 1991, so it's old but the interior has been renovated. This one is unfurnished, but costs 135,000 yen less in the initial 6 months, and 28,000 yen less each subsequent months if I extend, than the first option.
I am going to work in Kojimachi, so as far as work commutes is concerned, Edogawabashi wins (6-7 min train rides). Kanda would take a minimum of 14 minutes, 17 if I go for the cheaper route, but that is mainly because there is no direct line. The actual distance is identical, and close enough (3.5km) to consider cycling.
For other places, Kanda's JR Yamanote and Chuo line does provide faster access to more places to the lone Yurakucho line in Edogawabashi.
One thing that I have no really figured out, is the immediate vicinity. Is one place better than the other for cheap-ish eateries? How about supermarket access? Does the place become deserted during the week-end?
I would much appreciate if anyone familiar with those areas would share their opinions.