Sunday, January 18, 2009

a new home!

My little family had a really big day today. But I'll get to that in a minute.

D and I, as you may recall, were considering a big move a couple of months ago. We were torn between moving out to the country or staying put in the city. Well, during the seriously treacherous and unusually snowy December we just had, we realized that we are just not country folks, nor are we meant for country living. It was fun to consider for a while, but we're happy in the city. And if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?

That's not to say that city living doesn't have it's problems with regard to raising a kid. But I guess we'll just have to deal with those issues as they come up. The bottom line is that we don't want to own a car, we don't want to be responsible for the care and maintenance of a house, and we don't want to be away from all the city conveniences and amenities that we've come to totally depend on.

The main draw for considering a move to the country was the fact that I am not working any more, and I don't plan to be working again anytime soon. Which means that poor D is saddled with the entire financial load for this family. The mortgage on our place was a lot for him to bear and he wanted to be able to work less and spend more time with Maya. We wanted to downsize to a less expensive place, and we thought that meant moving out of the city.

But we were wrong. We've been eyeing a great little townhouse a few blocks away for months now. We found out the selling price dropped after the new year and after running the numbers, we realized that we could cut our mortgage in half if we bought it. So we did. Today. Just now. We bought a new home!

It's smack dab in the middle of the best part of the city, right in a heritage district neighbourhood. It's just the right size for our little family - 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, plus a den and a little office. Not only are there awesome boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, and everything else right we could possibly want right outside our door, but the best part is that my husband's job is quite literally across the street. I am not exaggerating when I say he could walk to work in under 60 seconds. Which means, he can come home for lunch and spend more time with us in general. We love that. And we love our new place! Can you tell I'm super excited?

I took a bunch of photos on my iPhone today - the quality is not great. But here are some pics of our cool new pad:

the front



view from Maya's bedroom

front loading washer and dryer - yeah baby

I've got a ton more pictures to show you but it's bedtime and my head is swimming. More later I promise.


christina(apronstrings) said...

omg!!!! i love it. i am sooooo envious. i keep wanting to downsize-but we are stuck. Maybe one day.
I really didn't think you guys should move to the country--can you imagine?!?!? you'd be sooooo lonely. And you live in Canada-low,low crime rate, right? We live in the city in the U.S. People in the U.S. shoot each other. hee,hee. though not so funny.
Being around people, other than those in their family, is what kids need.
Wow, Beautiful. I love it. Perhaps you need a visitor?

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

YAY! That is great news!!! Congrats!!!

Mel said...

SO beautiful and modern! Congratulations and what a burden off of your hubby. I love the city so much, would be a city girl for life if the school district here wasn't so dang awful and private school wasn't so outrageous.
When is the big move???

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Wow, that's pretty much perfect.

Alisha said...

So cute! LOVE the kitchen! (I posted a few comments on your old blog--"Alisha in OH." We were due a day apart and we were both concerned about cervical length and all that. Looks like we both came out okay!)