The most daunting part of moving to a new city is finding a place to live. We don’t know the neighbourhoods of Edmonton, and it’s hard to imagine what a place is exactly like just by looking at photos online. Plus, who knows if they are telling the truth!
Thankfully, Tim’s boss spent some of his Airmiles and booked a flight for Tim to spend a few days there looking into rental suites. For a couple days prior to leaving, he spent a good amount of time on Kijiji (we learned that Kijiji is the UsedVictoria of Edmonton, the “go to” website of online classifieds) making contacts and scheduling viewings. It was kinda nice that I didn’t have to do any of that. It was one of those unspoken marriage agreements. He will take care of finding a place and I will take care of all the packing. I think he may have been a little unsure of whether or not he would be able to look at a place through my eyes though.
The housing market is more decent than Victoria and the Lower Mainland which is a breath of fresh air. We found for what we were paying here on the island, we could get at least one more bedroom and a dishwasher! I haven’t had a dishwasher in 4.5 years!
After just looking at a few places on day 1 of 3, Tim found us our home. It is a three bedroom main floor suite. Here are a few photos he sent me on his phone.
As you can see, it is well kept and recently updated. I am not huge on black appliances. I am way more partial to the more friendly white varieties. And having that much hard flooring means we will have to buy some more area rugs. But I am greatly looking forward to living in a place that was meant to be lived in, meaning I don’t have a kitchen that was built into the corner of a living space, or a dining room that is a couple inches higher than my kitchen because it was built where a garage used to be. Light switches will be in places that make sense and the layout will be normal. Plus, there is a window by the kitchen sink! How great is that?! Not to mention the dishwasher.
It is looking like I will have to imagine what it is like as a whole for just over a week. We are aiming to leave next Wednesday. I am quite excited! And not only for the remaining of the packing I have to do. :)