I am grateful for my new apartment; I really love it. There are some drawbacks (less accessible storage space in kitchen and noisy construction across the street), but for those, there are solutions! I spent yesterday researching noise reduction applications while listening to background white noise loops (rain, wind, ocean waves, and the like) with earplugs in most of the day. They don't have construction noise regulations here, thus the noise wakens me around 5:30am each morning, and doesn't stop until after 9pm. There's no avoiding it, but there are solutions! The largest noise leak is from the windows, so I will invest in heavy duty noise-reduction blackout curtains. During my research, I learned ways to muffle sound in my extremely loud apartment. It's loud because I have marble and wood floors and bare walls, promoting sound. Most of yesterday I spent online shopping for rugs and wall tapestry and other sound-reduction items. Along with those, I might by a white noise machine.
The pros of my apartment still outweigh the cons, and I really love it!
I am also enjoying the UC Berkeley course and am so happy to have discovered it through email!
I am grateful!