Why We Live Where We Live
Posted by Cait | Filed under Cait
In the last twelve months, I’ve moved a total of five times. Yep, you read that right – I’ve moved 5 times in 12 months.
Last September, I chased my dream of living and working in Toronto. In March, I followed my heart back to the West Coast (and brought my job with me). In May, I finally found a place to call home in the city I thought I wanted to live in. In August, I moved in with a roommate in that same city, after an incident left me feeling too scared to live alone. Finally, on Friday, I followed my heart to yet another new city – just 15 minutes away from the last – after my roommate gave me sudden notice.
Despite being so exhausted that my eyes are only half-open as I type, this last move has felt so… right. The entire process of finding the place, having my application be accepted, and getting the keys happened so quickly that it almost didn’t feel real. Having only a week to book a truck, pack, and make it all happen seemed impossible. Fortunately, it is real – and the impossible was possible. And to boot, after a week of rain, the sun came out Friday morning and stayed with us all day.
Up until today, I had been struggling with the thought of how much these moves have cost me in total. Combined, it’s easily more than one of my monthly budgets. While the price tag has been high, I have to say that each one felt right at the time and has ultimately led me to rent a condo in a city I think I’ll be calling “home” for a long time to come. How do I know that? On top of being in a city I fell in love with this summer, the building and unit met all of the things on my “needs” list (as well as surpassed my “wants”).
- one bedroom apartment or condo
- secure building / underground parking
- above ground level
- private deck, and
- in-suite laundry
- to be in this new city
- close to the water
- close to walking and hiking trails
- within walking distance to a grocery store, and
- a gym would be nice
When I look at these lists, I see two things: 1) my list of “needs” comes from the experiences I’ve had during other tenancies, and 2) my list of “wants” are a mixture of why I wanted to move back to BC as well as what I loved about living in Toronto. In Downtown Toronto, the walkability score of almost any rental is high. Where I was living, I could be at a grocery store, restaurant or shopping strip in as little as 3 minutes – and I loved it. But I wanted to move back to BC to be near the mountains and the ocean. Here, I have it all.
So, now that you know why I live where I live… I’m curious: why do you live where you live? What were your needs? And does your home include some of your wants?