Wow - we're got the studio condo! We're officially downsizing and moving at the end of the month. I can't believe it all worked out. Even better, the owner quoted me $795 when I toured the place but wrote $775 in his email back to me requesting a check for the first month's rent. I know it's only $20 less per month, but that's $240 for the year and it makes this condo officially $600 less PER MONTH than our current place! Amazing. I'm going to sign the lease today at lunch so I'll know for sure if it's just a typo or if it's really going to be that price.
In addition, he mentioned that that electricity is around $20 per month (I currently budget $80 where we are) so that's a savings too! He also said water and even hot water is all included, so "you could take 3 hour long hot showers if you'd like." Although I am water-conscious, I jumped for joy (in my head) because that's one of my pet-peeves now, whoever gets the 2nd shower in the morning is the unlucky one with a cold shower. Well, not any more! Yippee :) Things really seem to be working out. I hope this trend continues and our move goes smoothly. I'll keep everyone posted!