It was a very successful week. R’s job is going well, and after viewing five properties, I had an offer accepted on the one I knew I’d want.
I have a long closing date since I have surgery in January and still have to sell my house here. But by March, I should be living here.
I had brainstormed what I need in life to make me happy. This house fits much of what is on the list.
What I require to live comfortably/happily:
1. Trees Preferably on my property, but certainly nearby and lots of them. Yes! It’s almost too shaded. I’d wanted to have a vegetable garden, but it wasn’t a necessity for my happiness. Trees are. It’s also really private and on a tree-lined street where houses are a decent distance apart.
2. A cozy chair with a nice view. It has that. I will bring my cozy chair with me. I love the bay window in the living room. I imagine that’s where I’ll spend a lot of time daydreaming with cups of tea.
3. Four seasons. Definitely. But more winter than I’m used to. We’ll see how I deal with that.
4. A comfortable bed, electric blanket and duvet. This one has always been easy to accomplish.
5. I want to live near water…preferably an ocean, but Lake Ontario is okay. It’s a ten-minute walk to the harbour. I am so excited about that. And ocean. Ocean!!!
6. A good bicycle. Two good bicycles. Because this is near the trailer where I spend my summers and I already have a bike there, I now have two!
7. A library. According to google maps, the new library is an eight-minute walk away.
8. Pleasant places to walk and cycle. It is right in the heritage district of the city I am moving to. Lots of cute little museums and heritage houses. The harbourfront is lovely to walk along. Plus, there is a cute coffee shop in the quaint downtown area which abuts the waterfront. Also, there is a rail trail not far away.
9. Internet The little city is well-serviced with internet.
10. Warm, dry, and well-fed, with something to preoccupy my mind and people I love nearby. All of these things can happen here. My son, who is nineteen, has decided not to move with me which I understand even if I wish he were. I get it. It’s not exactly a happening place for young people. I’ve told him that he will always have a place to live with me should he need it.
Also, this property has an adequate space for my puppies to play. The city has a hospital and two walk-in clinics. It has a garage for storing my bikes and garbage bins and gardening implements. I love the little lamp post in front of it.
Perhaps the best thing about it is that I felt really good living according to my values while purchasing it. It is important to me to be as fair as possible. The increase in property values here means that I could buy this place with the equity of my current home. It is currently owned by an older Acadian woman and there was no way I wanted to be the arsehole from Ontario swooping in and low balling an offer even though it has technically been on the market for over a year. So, I offered 95% of her asking price. R thought I was offering too high, but really, it was such a good deal…especially after viewing all the scary properties I would never entertain buying. She came back with an offer mid-way between the list price and my offer and I accepted. So, the entire transaction has been fair and mutually beneficial. That is very important to me.