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:: Friday, March 24, 2006 ::
Just found out that "my" place sold for way more than the asking price and WAY more than what we could afford to offer.

That kind of makes me feel better - it's totally not worth that much.

Onward and upward!

:: Cathy 1:29 PM [+] :: 0 comments

I know I said that I didn't expect to get the house, but I'm still sad.

Sure, I didn't think we'd get such a great house on our first try. OK. But it's more than that. Our real estate agent has been sending us the closing sale price on a couple of places that we saw. And the prices are astronomical.

I'm starting to worry that I'll never get a place that's in a relatively safe neighborhood, within a 10 minute walk to 24-hour TTC, in a condition that's livable without selling myself cash-dry for the next 10 years.

What is going on in Toronto? People have lost their minds.

And now Alex is being kicked out of his apartment in May and will have to live with me in my tiny apartment until we find a house that satisfies.

I hope that we don't make a bad choice just because we're afraid of sharing a Jr-1 bdrm. Although it is a legitimately fearful prospect.

:: Cathy 9:25 AM [+] :: 1 comments

:: Thursday, March 23, 2006 ::
Tonight I put my first offer on a house. And tonight I lost my first house.

It's a little disappointing, I guess, but I suppose that I suspected we wouldn't get it. It was VERY cute and the location was OK. It seemed within our price range. I couldn't believe our luck.

Of course, no on in Toronto is lucky like that.

We bid much more than the asking price. And it will likely go over that amount. We'll know more in the next day or two. But we do know that we didn't get it.

So, no house.
But, on the upside, I still loved coming home to my apartment tonight.

:: Cathy 4:59 PM [+] :: 2 comments

:: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 ::
Until now, I have thought that Balzac's Coffee was the best in Toronto. I was all excited when I found out that Clafouti also served Balzac's because it was more accessible, being a few blocks from Alex's place.

OK, I also like Wagamama's coffee. I'd have put that in the #2 spot.

But bump that to #3 now because today I found it: the best.
The Coffee Roastery.

It's in Liberty Village and I was early for a meeting in that area and coincidentally hadn't had breakfast yet. OK, not so coincidentally. When I knew I was going to the area for a morning meeting, I actually went early so that I could go for a coffee.

Alex had tried to take me there before, but it's closed on the weekends. Boo! So this was my chance.

It did NOT disappoint! Rich and strong, my decaf latte didn't even taste like decaf. It had a very full flavour.

And the muffin I had was good too, but not as good as if I'd gone to Clafouti for one of their mouth watering croissants.

The Distillery's Balzac's location has the best style by far, but the Roastery is hip. Dogs hang out next to their owner's chair. I think the dog is a "regular" since everyone seems to stop and give him a pat even though he looks scary.

There's a guy on his laptop with his ear piece and microphone in place, making me feel decidedly low-tech with my pen and notebook.

The art on the wall was cool. The tech-biz-babble at the next table was hot. It kind of felt like the 90s bubble never burst. I didn't want to leave.

:: Cathy 5:54 PM [+] :: 0 comments

:: Sunday, March 19, 2006 ::
Hot two-bite brownies and ice cream: my nemesis.

After a long day of viewing real estate, it was calling to me. I tried to eat something else. It didn't work. It just made me eat something else FIRST and then eat the brownies and ice cream.

And my mouth knows there's more.

So I must distract myself.

I have much to occupy me: first-time home-buying sucks. I think at this point, Alex and I have decided to go for a house.

We've had enough of small expensive condos. $289,000 doesn't buy much in Toronto. Not, at least, within walking distance of the subway.

Now we've turned our sites to small semis in the Danforth area. We went to a bunch of open-houses today.

It's a little easier with houses: they're either really crappy or they're OK. Now, whether you can afford them or not is another story. You have to figure out what you'd need to reno and how much that would cost and whether it would all be worth it.

But at least it's not all the same dissatisfying crap over and over again.

Now it's DIFFERENT dissatisfying crap ;)

:: Cathy 4:22 PM [+] :: 1 comments

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