We've felt a little cramped in our current digs for a while now, being as they're a 450 sq foot one-bedroom apartment and all. Especially with me playing the cello. So we've been looking around without urgency for that perfect place.. and found it.
This week we signed a lease on the apartment in the top floor of this Victorian house in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood:
It's on Howland just north of St Alban's Park, just east of Sibelius Park, pretty much dead centre between Bathurst and Spadina and between Bloor and Dupont. Here's a map of the old and new apartments and bits of the new neighbourhood.
The apartment itself is a 1br plus den. It's the top floor of the house divided roughly into thirds: the front third is the living room and dining room; the middle has the entrance, a U-shaped kitchen with a bar that opens onto the living room, and the bathroom; and the back is itself divided about 2:1, where the big room is the bedroom and the small room is a den. There's a door from the den that leads out to a big tree-shaded deck, storage in the basement, and skylights in the kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen has a dishwasher, and the building has gas steam heat and generator power backup. The landlords are a couple, nice and professional, and live just down the street.
I'm so excited -- we spend much of our free time in the Annex anyhow -- or down on College or in Kensington, both a short walk or streetcar ride away -- and it'll be so nice to be right in the middle of all the places we love. And we're just a few blocks north of llamech and May!
nyxie and I have been giggling at each other all week. Yay apartment!