Apologies for the radio silence! You know when you’re so busy, everything falls to the wayside? Well, it’s been like that for the past couple of months—but for good reason! And now that everything is set in stone and the ink is dry, I’m so excited to share the big project I’ve been working on lately: after months of searching and open houses, I’m proud to announce that we bought a place!
I actually owned a home once before but it was definitely a starter home. It was around 600 square feet, was on the middle floor in a wood framed building (hellooooo, upstairs neighbour!), and was located in an up-and-coming neighbourhood. We ended up selling a couple years after ownership, and have been renting ever since.
As many of you know, Vancouver real estate is notoriously pricy. Despite that, my heart was always set on owning a family home that I could raise my children in… eventually (there are no kids yet!). We spent the entire summer searching, attending open house after open house. Combined with wedding planning, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do at the time, but I had to do my due diligence and see what was out there that I could realistically afford.
HGTV makes house hunting look so simple. You look at 3 houses, and one of them is THE one. Sadly, that was not our reality. By the end of the summer, we had looked at 50+ condos, apartments, fixer uppers and new builds, and none of them fit the bill. Finally, about a month ago our real estate agent showed us this incredible 2-storey apartment that checked most of our boxes. But long story short, it didn’t work out and we were back to square one.
At this point, we were so tired of the house hunting process and the continuous disappointment that we threw in the towel. There was no way we could find everything we wanted that fit our budget—in Vancouver, no less!
Then, as things go, my mom showed me one last listing. It was in a neighbourhood we hadn’t explored much as I was always under the impression we couldn’t afford the area. But, as the building was a bit older, we realized the price reflected the cosmetic renovations that needed to be done. So, we called our realtor and went to go see it.
The moment we walked in I knew it was the one. I could immediately picture myself making a meal in the kitchen, hanging out in the enormous living room, and working from the second bedroom. Luckily, when I looked over at Reid I saw he had the same emotion I was also feeling: hope. Having been through the process numerous times before, I immediately set my expectations low to avoid disappointment. But after a few back and forth offers, we closed and as of 2 weeks ago, are the proud owners of a place!
As I mentioned above, the place is a bit older. It hasn’t been touched since ’92 so we are doing some cosmetic renos. Nothing outrageous—new hardwood floors (goodbye original carpet!), new kitchen, updated master bathroom—but if I know anything about renovations (thanks, HGTV!), they never go as initially planned. That’s why I plan on blogging through the renovation process, sharing all of my ups and downs with you as they happen. I’m excited to share each stage with you and see how this all progresses!
Until next time!
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