So it seems like since I came back to Canada in August of 2014 with no lingering travel plans, I’ve still managed to do quite a bit of moving! I’ve been back and forth between Toronto and Vancouver, on vacation to the Dominican Republic and down to the States. I’ve moved from my parents’ places in Toronto to a 4-month sublet near UBC to my own mini bachelor pad in northeast Vancouver.
And here I go again!
That’s right, I’m moving! After just two and a bit months in the Closet, I’m packing it up and heading elsewhere.
I have loved living alone and I really enjoy my space. It’s small, for sure, but it’s also modern and has everything I need; I’ve been spoiled with insuite laundry, a dishwasher and cable. And my 15-20 min commute to work couldn’t be more ideal.
So why am I moving? A few reasons: 1) While I think the rent I’m paying is fair for what I’m getting, it is a little steep for my liking. Working two jobs means my current rent is affordable, but I definitely could be saving more. 2) My current place is the perfect location for my Monday to Friday job but….far from pretty much everything else! It’s just a bit too far northeast, especially when I’m working late on the weekends. 3) Lastly, my place isn’t pet friendly. I thought it was for a bit, but turns out, it’s not. Now I may not be ready for a dog right this second, but it is something I want to consider in the near-ish future!
Luckily, I’m on a month-to-month lease with my current place. My landlords are wonderful and completely understand that I’m looking for something dog friendly.
How did this happen? So this whole moving thing came about kind of suddenly; we’re talking like two weeks ago. My friend Sophie, who works at Free The Children with me, just moved to Vancouver in January. She’s got a place of her own, but isn’t crazy about the situation. She caught me on padmapper one day (my favourite website) and asked if I was looking for a new place. I told her I just check (daily) for dog-friendly places. She joked that we should move in together: she was looking to leave her place, I was looking for a place where I could get a dog and we were both looking to save some rent money. I laughed and then thought, wait a minute….
We both decided to mull it over. “Mulling” quickly became sending each other craigslist links of available apartments which ballooned into emailing landlords to set up viewings. Our first, and favourite, viewing was two Saturdays ago. It was fun to be apartment searching. Over the next week and a half, we visited a handful of places and chatted about our lifestyles and roommate preferences. Despite how quickly everything was happening, I felt, and still feel, really excited!
Where am I headed? After seeing about 5 or 6 places, Sophie and I kept coming back to that very first place. Even though they say never to go with the first one! It’s a small place but very modern and right across from a park (where I can walk a dog). The landlord seemed really nice and while it’s a bit far south, it’s right on the bus line to work! So we were thrilled when we heard back from the landlord a few days ago to find out we got the place!
So in two weeks time, I’m going to be getting the keys to my new place! I still have my current place till the first, so it’ll be a gradual two week move. Which is perfect, because it gives me time to buy some furnishings. Who knew a bed was going to be so expensive?
I’m really excited for this next little adventure! I’m excited (and scared for the credit card bill) to buy some new stuff and furnish a new place. I’m stoked to be moving in with the wonderful Sophie, whose running, yoga and cooking skills I hope will rub off on me. I’m thrilled to be heading to a new neighbourhood and get to discover some local gems. And I’m psyched for the possibility of getting a dog!
Look out for your house-warming invite :)