J and I heard back from our first choice place today and we're in! We found a two bed, two bath place in an eight unit complex. It's upstairs and in the back, so it gets a little less natural light, but also a little less noise. They are going to deep clean the carpet now that the showing is done, so we should be able to take possession on Sunday or Monday. We're aiming to do the big move the 11-12th, but as soon as we get the keys we plan to move a truckful of boxes or so a day, and some of it (bathrooms and kitchen mostly) I can start unpacking immediately.
I am grateful that all the legwork I did paid off. I spent a day looking through the previous week's worth of craigslist, and then an afternoon driving by my top 20 choices, which eliminated a few of them right away, and allowed me to narrow things down further. We saw six places on Saturday, applied to two on Sunday and whamo. I am grateful that we're doing this in a renter's market, it certainly makes things easier for us.
I'm also grateful that the place isn't available immediately - I feel like I've been moving for months now so I'm looking forward to having some quiet time for myself this week before the moving starts again.
Oh and on Monday I sat with M the previous roommate and we agreed to a final payout for the few items he is now in possession of and the deposit. We also transferred all the bills to his name so I am officially, completely done with the MV apartment.
Progress is a wonderful thing.