Another bit of good news, and I cannot help but update this with a personal post.
We found a place to live in New Paltz. I put a deposit down on a condominium right in town, located in behind the Gilded Otter Brewing Company, next to the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, and .7 miles from the campus proper.
It has a terrace that runs the length of the unit, but it's actually a first-floor condo. The building is built on a grade, so the entrance is ground-level, but the back overlooks a grassy spot, the railtrail, and the Wallkill river. When the leaves drop, we'll have a view of the Shawangunk ridge and Skytop.
It's gorgeous and spacious, and I cannot believe our luck at both getting the spot and having what seems to be a really cool landlord.
I do believe that we deserve this, as we went through a miniature version of hell to finally get it.
We've been checking out every apartment in town, and a lot of them just weren't what we were looking for, or we were in competition with potential renters that were perhaps better qualified; we've got the money, but I think some of the landlords in town are spooked by "students". But karma has smiled upon us, and we got one.
I'm ecstatic right now.
Also: we are going to have pet fish.