Our new apartment is a 1930's townhouse made of brick and stucco with about twenty units facing two small courtyards. Located just south of Burnside Street, we are very close to downtown and the Northwest Neighborhood where we previously lived, and just a couple of blocks away from the entrance to Washington Park, which is just up the hill. Above are our crooked stairs leading from the living room to the bedrooms.
The neighborhood is a mix of taller apartment towers like the one to the right and two-storey townhouse style buildings like ours. You enter at the center and at the back the building opens up to a courtyard.
Our unit looks out onto this courtyard in the back which contains a small fountain with singing birds and little squirrels. The morning light shines through the trees into the bedroom and living room. Olive spends many hours sitting on the wide window sill, looking at the critters outside and the other cats in the windows next door.