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  • 4th Apr, 2005 at 10:30 PM

Now that I've told you about my two housing searches, I have this burning desire to know whether you've had similiar experiences.

Please tell me about your last search for the perfect place to live, and how it turned out.


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mricon
5th Apr, 2005 02:35 (UTC)
No, but I may hire you to look for an apartment for me in a few months. :)
sfllaw
5th Apr, 2005 02:37 (UTC)
I've always wanted to be a slum landlord! I can't wait to quit my dayjob.

But seriously, if you do need a place to crash when you come up, my door is open to you.
elliptic_curve
5th Apr, 2005 02:46 (UTC)
I ended up living with an awesome guy called Simon!

There was a cat that kept clawing me, though.
mricon
5th Apr, 2005 02:48 (UTC)
You are most kind, sir! :) I may take you up on that offer. Currently my plan is to get to Montreal and stay for a week at the hostel, while looking for a decent temporary place to live (even if it's not best of more expensive than it should be—I just need something short-term while I'm looking for my "perfect little spot" in the months that follow). However, it's possible that I may not find something sane within the week that I have at the hostel, so then I'll be looking for places to crash while continuing my hunt.

I've given some thought to trying to find something remotely, but it's never a good idea. I really have to see an apartment first-hand, to smell the air, to check out the layout of the rooms, before I can decide if I want to live there or not. Besides, it's too easy to get a Really Bad Deal™ that way. So I'll just do it on the spot, even though it may be crazier at the start.
sfllaw
5th Apr, 2005 02:51 (UTC)
Sounds like a plan.

I have space for a guest, so you are welcome to use my place as your base of operations for a housing search.
mricon
5th Apr, 2005 03:15 (UTC)
/me feels better about his future. :)

Thanks, Simon!
elliptic_curve
5th Apr, 2005 03:54 (UTC)
Hey! Leave place for me, coz I want to come visit you when the term is over!
sfllaw
5th Apr, 2005 03:59 (UTC)
I think he is showing up in August.

No worries.

I will be moving on the April 27 to 30, so you'll have to come before then. I understand that classes start on May 2 for the Spring term.
spider88
5th Apr, 2005 05:32 (UTC)
I have moved every 12-36 months since I was 18. And I still haven't found the perfect place!
sfllaw
5th Apr, 2005 13:30 (UTC)
I'm not sure anyone ever finds the perfect place, but one always hopes.

After we moved to Canada, our family moved six times in the first seven years. At the last place, my mom asserted that she wanted to never move again.

We stayed for about ten years. It was a very comfortable place to live.
wlach
5th Apr, 2005 06:03 (UTC)
Dude, it's always hell looking for an apartment. The only alternative is to live in hell (or somewhere in the hell continuum) for a year, and that's no alternative at all.

I think my adventure last time was vaguely similar to yours at first (looking for a nice 4 1/2 in Little Shaunnesey, Le Plateau, and NDG), which somehow reached its endpoint when I got a "why not Westmount?" sort of complex one Saturday.. as you know, the end result was not perfect, but it does have a gas stove and heaps of space. The other possible outcomes up to then were less desirable, but who knows where we would have ended up if I was a little more picky?

I think the trick is to know how to say "no" an awful lot. Mostly to yourself, and your burning desire for this terrible ordeal to end.

In any event, your new place sure does look nice (at least from the exterior). Big congratulations-- I'm really happy for you.
sfllaw
5th Apr, 2005 13:40 (UTC)
I'm pretty happy for me as well. It's not perfect, but it is lovely.
taxlady
5th Apr, 2005 13:18 (UTC)
I haven't looked for a place since 1992. Housing was far more available and cheaper then. It took some time and effort, but I didn't find it to be an ordeal.

Have you considered buying?
sfllaw
5th Apr, 2005 13:39 (UTC)
I did consider buying but since it is a seller's market right now, I can't really afford the prices.
nobodyhere
5th Apr, 2005 13:42 (UTC)
I was lucky the last time I had to look for a place because Dave was unemployed so he looked at places and narrowed it down to 2 or 3 for me to see. We had to choose between a place by Conestoga mall and a place by Kitchener Transportation Centre. The place by Conestoga mall had a better kitchen and had just been renovated, so we ended up taking it. As soon as we moved in, we noticed that all the renovations were done very cheaply -- the paint job is atrocious, the carpets weren't cut or pinned down well, etc. Nothing awful, though, so I can't really complain.

My move before that was into a bachelor apartment. I took the first place I could afford that had a full-sized stove instead of a toaster oven and hot plate. It was a converted garage that was very cold in winter, but I loved it.
(Anonymous)
5th Apr, 2005 16:46 (UTC)
I think you know what happened...
Well, Damian and I looked for about a week, did a bunch of wandering around the Plateau, and found a nice 1000 sq.ft. loft with a fantastic kitchen. We called the landlord and everything seemed good .... until he never ever called us back despite numerous messages left. You'd think if he rented it to someone else he'd at least have the common courtesy to let us know.

It seems that my experience in Montreal is that we find somewhere great, and then don't get it. Last time, there was someone who saw The Perfect Place before us who had first dibs. This time, I don't know what happened. Maybe he rented to someone else ... but since we were the first to call, I'm wondering what made us undesirable tenants ? Since we have fulltime jobs, always pay rent on time, and keep our apts clean and in good repair, I don't know what else a landlord is looking for.

Oh well. At least we still have lots of time to look for a place, so hopefully we'll find somewhere even better. I just get so sick of looking and start to think I'll never find somewhere with all the things I'd like (800 sq.ft or more, lots of light, washer/dryer hookups, nice kitchen with lots of counter space or room for an island, nice bathtub, not ground floor, high ceilings, quiet).

It seemed easier during university, but my standards were also lower. Partly because I'd only have to stay in a place for 4 months, whereas now I'd like to find somewhere I'd be happy to live for a couple years. Also, having lived in a ton of places, I've now got a list of things I didn't like for each place, so my list of things to look for/things to avoid is much longer.

--Allison
cpirate
5th Apr, 2005 17:07 (UTC)
For my most recent apartment hunt, I flew into town and spent a couple of days looking at places; on a whim, I then stopped by an old roommate's apartment since I hadn't talked to him in years. It turned out that not only was he still in the same place, but his then-current roommate had said that very afternoon that he was leaving, on very short notice. So I got the room, and I picked up the old roommate's relatively new bed for cheap. Everything turned out great for everyone.

The time before that, I was looking for an apartment for my last co-op term in Montreal, except I was trying to do so from Newfoundland. Somehow, I actually found a place; a departing co-op's brother had to get rid of his apartment. So I flew into town having neither seen the apartment nor met the person who was subletting it to me (I never did, really; a friend of his gave me the key). Against all odds, the apartment was actually a quite nice 1 1/2, with stupidly cheap rent considering I was right next to McGill on Stanley. The only caveat was that I had to pay my rent in cash, since the right paperwork never quite got signed. Good times.

So, I guess the moral is: hooray for dumb luck!
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