This week we visited a beautiful old building facing an absolutely gorgeous park, close to downtown Montréal. The park has tennis courts, streams, a pool, lots of mature trees, a greenhouse…..lovely. The apartment itself was renovated:
- High ceilings
- Fresh paint
- Varnished hardwood floors
- New appliances
- Beautiful lighting
- Cleaner than our house
SO WHAT'S THE CATCH?
a) The bedrooms were so tiny there wouldn’t be room for any
b) The apartment is on the third floor of a walk-up (they call it the second floor just so you won't be discouraged before the viewing).
|NO. No No and NO!|
|Packing is another thing......|
I read that we should have a list of things that are important to us before searching. This is what we’re looking for:
- Close to downtown
- An elevator
- Old building
- High ceilings
- Renovated kitchen and bathroom
- Freshly painted
- Varnished floors
- Fireplace (faux or real - not essential but nice)
- Two bedrooms (at least)
- Space for us, our stuff and air
- Affordable price
There are a lot of nice apartments fitting the above description (the elevator being the hardest thing to find) but the problem is, there are people living in them!
Then I got to thinking, what if we were looking for an apartment in Paris? (I wouldn't be so picky because I'd be in Paris)!
- At least one room
- Floors and ceiling – doesn’t matter how high
- Bathroom – yes
- Kitchen – or not, whatever
- No higher than a fifth floor walk up
NEW YORK APARTMENTS
From what I understand, although I don't know anyone with an apartment in New York City, it can be difficult unless you have unlimited income. This one might be nice - it has an elevator! (An extreme example I know but I'd love to see it)!
BACK TO REALITY
Moving day in Montréal is July 1. Everyone in, everyone out (on the same day)! Tenants have to give 3 months notice so the ads for June rentals should start appearing in numbers next week. (Please move....please move....).
I can’t wait. I want to picture our new place in my mind, and start arranging furniture on paper. I’m like a kid waiting for Christmas. Now? Now?
I'll keep packing......