It's rare that I say anything negative about living in the city. But lately, I have developed two very strong and very conflicting desires that have taken some of the shine off my fair Toronto:
Now, I'm no property virgin. I understand the realities of buying real estate in the city. I'm willing to invest some sweat equity and I don't want more space than I need - 1,200 square feet would be a palace by my standards. Plus, my wish list is relatively modest:
- 2 bedrooms
- 1.5 baths
- 2 parking spaces, not necessarily covered
- No major structural renovations required
My dream would be to own a house in my current neighbourhood of Trinity-Bellwoods but I'm also looking at emerging areas like Parkdale, Dufferin Grove and The Junction. I'm even giving consideration to Mimico/New Toronto. The little brick bungalows in that area are super cute but the thought of commuting makes my stomach turn.
So where does that put me? Average house price $544,000!
Half a million dollars for a house. Even considering the equity in my condo, that's ridiculous. Good thing I love my little shoebox on the park. Looks like I could be living here for a long, long time.