Well… after looking for our own place to live for a year, Devon, Gryphen & I have finally found something! I want to thank our realtor Kelly Purcell from Island Heritage Realty Inc. for taking us to SEVERAL place .. I mean SEVERAL! He even picked me up from the airport just to look at one place (which we almost bought) then brought me back. I honestly feel like we really lucked out with landing Kelly as our agent. Kelly is also a pilot so him and Devon always had something to chat about!
How it all started.. Last Spring Devon & I decided that we wanted to move back to Ontario and be around our families a lot more. When we started looking we mainly wanted the place to have two bedrooms and an open concept. Just before Christmas we found out that Devon’s base in Halifax would be shutting down in the new year (how fucking awesome right?) Well once it was confirmed we started saving money since we’d be moving a lot sooner then planned.
Then began our search for a condo, I feel like we looked at so many garbage condos. I have no idea how people even live like that. Seriously people VACUUM! We can across one place that we really loved, it had plenty of space, the condo fee was insane but it was do-able. We put our offer in, waited.. Things went back and forth then they ended up accepting someone else’s offer. Sadness.
After spending twenty-two months in Nova Scotia we packed up our lives into a uHaul, put the baby on a flight and headed back to Ontario! We aren’t “settled” we’re living downtown Toronto, in Parry Sound & our storage unit! Well after lengthy chats Devon decided he’d be able to handle a one hour commute for work which really opened up the location we could live. We revised our must have’s (having a much better idea of what we really wanted) three bedrooms, master bedroom MUST have a bathroom, large closet, open concept, two piece restroom on the main floor, basement, garage & a backyard. FUN.
We told Kelly! Then we told Kelly the locations we’d like to look and that’s when we got sad news. He couldn’t show us places in Niagara Falls 🙁 He’d have to refer us. We were pretty sad that’s for sure. Well the new guy showed us some places, some were okay others we not. We were torn and not sure what to do. Then.. we seen a subdivision being built so we decided to stop in and talk to them. They were closed! Just our luck haha. We spent the rest of the day having fun! Visiting with Uncle Morgan and enjoying the falls. When we went back Saturday, they were open! Yay! The show home was amazing ( it should of been for the amount that it cost!), Devon & I read all the information package they gave us (while Gryphen slept on one of their sofa’s). After reviewing all the information we decided that we wanted one of these places! They were gorgeous!! We sat down with the sales agent and got a ton more information 🙂 and were on our way!
We talked. We talked. We talked some more and more. And we talked. We wanted to live there! I called our mortgage broker, went over numbers. Now it was time to decide which place we wanted! We headed back to Niagara Falls to sign all of the fun paperwork and make our final decision. A lot of factors played into our finally decision, if we were able to get the place we wanted for a little more should we do it? YES!
1. The laundry room: having it on the second floor was a deal sealer for me, I had dragging everything downstairs then bringing it all back up!
2. Master bedroom closets: his & hers, need I say more?
3. Window seat: In what will be Gryphen’s bedroom, there will be a window seat. Devon fell in love with the idea she’ll be able to play there as she grows.
4. Basement: Is fitted for a bathroom and it’s completely unfinished. I’m really looking forward to designing this space for my future home studio and office.
These were just some of the important factors in our decision into the final purchase of our home. I know they may seem very small but in the long run they’re what we’ll be dealing with daily. Other things we looked at was the primary school in the area, local shopping, golf courses, community centres & distance from Morgan!
Now we just have to wait another ten months before we get to move into our brand new home! Stay tuned for some fun DIY’s i’m going to be doing for our future home 🙂