I had been using the spare room in my apt along with my boyfriend as work studio for about a year and a half. Simultaneously we had several artist friends passing through who would stay with us and use the room to live and work. This gave us the motivation to fill the room more permanently. We posted on Craigslist and Stephanie Diamond’s List. Craigslist brought us some interesting prospects but the Diamond List proved more legitimate as the people who discovered us here seemed more reliable and well rounded. I believe this is because of the way Diamond curates her listings, not just anything makes it on there.
Only one person out of 30+ called before hand to talk in person. She was very nice and instantly I felt comfortable talking with her over the phone . She had her questions inline and was very serious about her presentation and desire to see the space. She had me laughing on the phone, like I was talking with a good friend. I had a feeling about her just from those few moments.
We gathered the emails that came in from Craigslist and Diamond’s List, narrowed them down, and set up appointments. We had pressed coffee and scones, muffins, and danishes laid out on a nice spread on the table in the common area. This was an effort to make them feel welcome and comfortable so they could relax and imagine themselves in the environment of our apartment. The stress and anxiety of meeting potential housemates can really grate on your persona, especially in a big city, making you nervous and less likely yourself, we wanted to avoid that.
The interview process took all day and went very well. We met people who we had coincidental connections, artists who would make great drinking buddies, and then at last we met the girl from the phone call. She was the only person who came with printed references and letters of renters recommendation. She had the right kind of energy - soft and honest with a balance that we needed in the apartment. She had a great sense of humor, she was involved in something non-visual art related (which brought a new perspective and diversity), and she was humble, kind, honest, and generous. We could see her becoming a good friend and delightful person to be around day to day, week to week, month to month, etc.
Needless to say, we offered her the room and she happily took it. After about a year of living with her, now, we can't imagine not having her in our lives. She is a special person and we feel lucky that she found us. If it weren't for Stephanie Diamond List we may never have made the connection. Now I always recommend people in search to sign up for the Diamond List first and leave Craigslist as a last resort.
Thank you Stephanie Diamond - you changed our lives!