[Continued from A step back…] What gave me hope again, what got me so excited was the possibility of a “promised land”. A place where I could find my people, outside of Montreal. A friend told me about Val-David, a very small town an hour North of Montreal filled with nature-lovers, yogis, raw foodists and other people living their lives within the paradigms of sustainability, love, & freedom. Basically, what I had been trying to build with my triplex, but for a whole community. Continue reading
You know how sometimes we get so caught up into a situation, our desires, that we forget the bigger picture. Well that just happened to me. Continue reading
This chapter of our peripeteia also dates back (maybe Francis will blog about it in more details), exactly on April 2nd.
We had noticed a great house for sale on the Matrix database but when it showed up (along with a few others), the owner had already accepted a sales offer. I called my real estate agent and she discouraged me to make a counteroffer. Though, she assured me she would be noticed right away if the buyers would withdraw their offer, and thus tell us – which we would know that Saturday, after their inspection. I thought it was a weird way of doing, but I didn’t argue, curious to see how it would unfold. I did well 🙂 Continue reading
It’s been a long while – a month – but here’s our story..:
On March 31st, we went to a financial institution (which I will not disclose the identity) because we had been advised by a notary that we should clarify whether we could have a mortgage for the construction of an undivided co-ownership property (the triplex). There’s actually only a handful of institutions in Montreal that can do this kind of transaction. Continue reading
Here’s another peak view at our sketches: the roof! I didn’t draw the plants and grasses, but about 75% will be vegetalized. I can’t wait to lay in the sun, breathing in the fresh and fragrant air from our gardens and landscaping. Or to host a party with our friends on the roof! The summer nights will be electric!
I’ve been working on a postcard ad with my graphist &, indirectly, my architect. I love the concept and my boyfriend suggested that I bring those at the National Home Show Continue reading
I wanted to have a more precise idea of how much we could sell our 2 other triplex stories. That way, we know what’s the maximum price we should pay for a property in order to have enough money for the whole project. From doing this exercise, I realized that although we’d pay more in a trendy neighbourhood (let’s say La Petite-Patrie or Le Plateau Mont-Royal), the people living there would value more a LEED-certified building. Continue reading
I’m so proud of myself! We received the first sketches of floor plan today and I personnalized them to my immense satisfaction.
For the last two weeks, I’ve been trying to make some sense of the 100+ house ads I have access to through my real estate agent’s search engine. Continue reading