Home Hunt 2

After my first day looking, my first condo visit, and my first big disappointment, I was exhausted. My memories of the CityPlace’s Superclub are still fresh. I can still see in my mind’s eye the indoor track, the basketball court, the two bowling lanes and even the massage room. I might have made up that last part. It was three floors of fitnessy goodness. Shame.

After that first unit, things get pretty hazy. All the units I saw mesh into a blur. A few units stand out. Like the one in the Esplanade.

The building is 222 The Esplanade. A friend lives there so I was familiar with it. And if you are too, you know it’s not in the best part of the city. At least, that’s what people keep telling me.

There were several units in that building for sale and I saw most of them during my months of searching.

One particular unit lights up my memory. It was a two-level unit with a pretty large living area which opens up to a balcony over-looking an open-air parkette in the middle of the O-shaped building (or buildings).

The bedroom was on the second level and it too overlooks the parkette, and the living area. The living area had a fireplace, a medium-sized kitchen (not open concept but decent), and a pretty large washroom.

Ah, the washroom. That’s where things got interesting. This unit had a tub and a separate shower, which I thought was interesting and a complete waste of space. It was also very rustic, with loose tiles and orange-y grout. It looked nasty. Some would say that it could have used a little bit of cleaning; I thought it needed a complete overhaul. The layout was wrong and it was messy. A complete bathroom renovation would have been the best solution.

So I didn’t buy that place. I still liked the building though. Fuck what everyone says about lower Parliament Street.

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