Got a evening weather job up here, so it was a great career move.
I did my floors as dark as they could stain them, without adding dark paint to the stain, not sure what the color is, but espresso is probably a good description. I did smooth, because I feared the hand-scraped might be a little trendy and less classic than smooth.
When we moved to Keller, we also lived in an apartment for six months. My wife and I had just gotten married, so we had two smallish houses crammed into our apartment. Thankfully, the apartment also had a garage I could use as storage too.
Driving out of the apartment parking lot the last time knowing I'd never have to hear the herd of elephants (or so it seemed) running in the unit above me again was won-der-ful.
Love your open kitchen/LR. We did the same thing here.