Not a real article yet, but should be. The weekend every apartment available in May in Halifax goes online and people fight with all they've got to snag a place they hope they will love.
Couple with sense of humour and habit of naming microwaves seeks single colourful house for year or two stand. We won't complain if your toilet breaks and your bathtube must be thrown onto the front lawn, not to be removed for a week as long as you hire nice plumbers.
This weekend I am almost 90% guaranteed to be putting a damage deposit on a place I love with the man I love. Investing in an area that is beautiful and makes me feel safe and I will really call home because I will be there for more than a year and we won't have roommates.
1 or 2 bedroom apartment on Halifax peninsula. Price liveable for students. Previous owner must be slightly regretful to be leaving... "I really love this place, the landlord really cares for it, but I got this job out West..." Voice must trail off and look sadly at charming kitchen and messy but loveable living room. "You're really going to call this home."
Must be close enough to my parents that I can see them every week for dinner, but far enough of a bus ride back that I can explain to L all the reasons I am SO GLAD I don't live there anymore. Some kind of deck or porch preferred. We would love to have a place to put the gorgeous little grill we asked for for Christmas. That's right; this Christmas we got a grill, some cookware, a board game... We were thrilled.
Internet included preferred. I mean, we can pay for internet but who doesn't have that set up in their house already? What students before us did not go online at home? This is too strange for me to comprehend.
Will pay extra for a nice sofa. Will buy my own sofa. Will not tolerate a velvet orange floral piece crapped out by the 1970s unless it's REALLY, really comfy. We're not broke, but we're also not rich. If the place is cheap, we will spend every minute of our free time painting walls and sewing slip covers. We will make your house our home.
We want this to be the last place we rent until we leave Halifax or buy a house. We want this to be a 1-2 bedrooms, a small kitchen, a bathroom, and one decently size closet of hopes and dreams. We want the happiest moments of our lives to be here, and the quiet fights that we will inevitably have but only make us stronger too. I want room for my obsession with patterened mugs. L wants a nook to watch baseball. We want room for a huge shelve that is our library. We will troll Value Village every day and low ball people on kijiji for furniture in hopes that we can make it feel spectacular. I will paint walls, maybe too many coats, because I will want everything to be perfect. Even though everything will be perfect the whole time. I don't even mind a comedic moment with a broken tap or awkward neighbor. I mean, at the time it will suck, but of course we need something to talk about after we move out.
Must include ability to house having a beer in the shower on a hot summer day and an armchair to paint my toe nails next to a window in the winter. Natural light makes me happy. Must always be there for us. Must have a hard floor that will make me cry when I drop one of the plates I bought with my own money, forever sentimental because they were the first plates to be mine. Must be small enough to make me realize I have too much stuff and sell it off in a desperate attempt not to have this apartment as cluttered as the last, because "this one's going to be perfect!" Must be within walking distance of a grocery store that we will go at the same. time. Every. Single. Week. And love it! Because we LOVE grocery shopping! Must house our shared quirks. Must have room for a full length mirror so I don't have to jump up and down in the bathroom on repeat to see if what I'm wearing looks passable.
I'd like to stay in the neighborhood I'm in, but most of the streets are not safe here for a woman walking home. Must make me feel guilty for leaving a little gentrified place I felt like a warrior for. Must make me feel like some South End princess who abandoned my North End and proved my mother yes, yes I will move to the old money or student streets because it's a bit pricier but you can't put a price on your own life. Must make me think, "Have I sold out?" Must make me too happy to care.
Power inclusion optional. Heat must be included because let's be honest; your house insulation is horse hair. This is Canada. Duh. Must have curtains if there is a window in the bathroom.
I must already be in this building even though I've never been inside it before.
I must be convinced I can make this place look like it belongs in Real Simple or Lonny with some elbow grease and some hard core thrifting. It won't be able to, but it'll get pretty close, and corners of it will look pretty damn good for a soon to be 21 year old.
Quiet couple who loves Scattergories will cook in you and clean you each night and never throw laundry on you. We love makeovers! We'll paint you up nice. We'll spend money on you and take care of you. You will never be lonely. Call us back, dream house. We can have a beautiful relationship. We might leave you for Montreal in a year or three, but you'll understand. For the time we'll be together, we will be beautiful
Oh, by the way, can we bring a cat?
See you Monday! Hopefully I'll have some news.