11.03.2006

found

We took it! And we're happy. Not happy about moving, of course, and not happy to leave our little lakeside bungalow. But we feel great about the new place.

Any downsides to the new house fall under the category "inevitable". We're not going to find anything in Port Credit we can afford, and if we did, it would either be very old and unrenovated, which we don't want to do again, or stand a good chance of being sold soon, or both.

Chances of being in walking distance to a GO train are so slim as to not be a realistic criteria.

It's nearer the Milton line than the Lakeshore line, which I don't like. Lakeshore is the only GO line with service all day, seven days a week. However, we had forgotten that on the other lines, after train service ends, there are buses. We were imagining there were trains for the 9-5 commuters, then nothing. I can adjust to commuting by bus, especially since it's express from the Cooksville stop to Union Station.

So those are the only negatives - and they're easily discounted. Now for the many positives.

It's on a lovely, quiet street with large lots and space between the homes.

I find much of Mississauga really unattractive visually - huge, boxy high-rises or giant blocks of townhouses, all jammed together. This area is really pretty and spacious.

It's a semi-detached house (what New Yorkers would call a two-family house). The backyard is very big and completely private, and there's a walkout from the dining area.

The house is in immaculate condition - new windows (imagine, windows that open and shut! that will be a big change), beautiful hardwood floors, freshly painted. The rooms are spacious and the basement, where Allan will have his office, is in much better shape than our present basement.

When we moved into Elmwood Avenue, the house was structurally and functionally fine, but aesthetically, it was disgusting. Honestly, we couldn't believe anyone had been living in it in that condition. We did a lot of work to spruce it up. It was fun at the time, since we weren't working and were so excited to be there, but we really didn't want to do it this time. We wanted to find a place that was livable as-is. This is.

There's some shopping in walking distance, which is important to me, and all shopping in easy driving distance.

It's less than 10 minutes driving to the Cooksville GO station. I'm at work and can't post a map, but if you look at the map of Mississauga, it's south of Burnhamthorpe, between Hurontario and Cawthra, near both Mississauga Valley Road and Central Parkway, in an area called Mississauga Valley. It's very green - there are lots of parks, and even part of the Waterfront Trail along Cooksville Creek.

It's $100 less per month than we're paying now.

It's available as long as we want it.

Allan will tell us if I missed anything!

We've already put down a deposit - exactly one week after getting the bad news.

We move January 2.

Thanks - as always - for your advice and support.

33 comments:

Ferdzy said...

Congratulations! It sounds very, very good.

Now for the fun part... not. Oh well, I keep telling myself that moving is an excellent opportunity to de-clutter.

redsock said...

That's about it!

I was completely sold on this place the first time we saw it, but we needed to check the size of the other bedrooms (one of which would be L's office) to make sure they were of comparable size to what we have now. They are.

On our second visit (last night), we saw that there is more closet space than we recalled and every room is a little bit bigger than what we have now. Once we left after the first visit, everything seemed to shrink in our minds.

I'm not sure how another backyard could top what we have on Elmwood, but I think this one does. Plenty of room for us -- and CODY! -- and more private. Plus the walkout from the kitchen.

I'm sure Laura will post pictures at some point -- though probably not until we actually move in.

We now have a definite site for "wmtc 2"!

redsock said...

moving is an excellent opportunity to de-clutter.

Blasphemer!

MattInTO said...

Congrats! Glad it didn't take too long to find something (and sorry to hear you have to move at all, given how much moving sucks). I'd love to be able to do a blink ala Jeanie and have it all completed whenever we have to do it...

L-girl said...

moving is an excellent opportunity to de-clutter.

We did that when we moved to Canada.

Now everything we own is coming with us. And that's much more than we moved up here with, since we bought a new couch, some outdoor furniture, etc. etc.

Moving sucks, but what are you gonna do. It is what it is.

L-girl said...

I'd love to be able to do a blink ala Jeanie and have it all completed whenever we have to do it...

We've been talking about this all the time! :-)

doug said...

congrats..this situation is a lot better for the both of you in the long run as it's a long-term no worries living situation...you can now start accumulating that "clutter" in years of living in your new house...

L-girl said...

Doug, you are so right. As much as I love our present location, the possibility of getting tossed was always hanging over our heads. This is as permanent as we want it to be.

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

Oh, that does sound good. I'm so glad for you!

James said...

Glad you found something!

Here is a map of the general area, based on your description. There should be good dog-walking along the creek through Mississauga Valley Park.

L-girl said...

Thank you, I/P and James!

L-girl said...

Yes, that map is exactly it. It's kind of a little hidden neighbourhood that you can't see from the main roads, Burnhamthorpe, Cawthra or Hurontario. Very quiet.

James said...

Yes, that map is exactly it. It's kind of a little hidden neighbourhood that you can't see from the main roads, Burnhamthorpe, Cawthra or Hurontario. Very quiet.

When I was planning my 100k bike tour, I considered a route out through Mississauga, up the Credit, and back to the Humber. It would have cut through the middle of the Mississauga Valley square.

In the end, that route came out to 150k, so I dropped it -- for now.

redsock said...

On James's map, there is a little square directly underneath the word "Burnhamthorpe" and we're in the lower left-hand corner of the square.

Crabbi said...

Congratulations, you two! The house sounds wonderful, and I can't wait to see pictures.

L-girl said...

Thank you Crabbi!

Scott M. said...

Congratulations. Do you have a nice overlap of time in which you can move?

It's been a while since I've been down in that area, but isn't the train station at Hurontario just north of Dundas? If so, and again if I remember correctly, that's about 2-3 km away. To long to walk under normal circumstances, but what about biking in the pleasant months?

And you can always take the bus back to Square One instead if it's closer.

L-girl said...

Do you have a nice overlap of time in which you can move?

Nope. We have to move on December 31. Happy New Year!

isn't the train station at Hurontario just north of Dundas?

Yup, that's it.

To long to walk under normal circumstances, but what about biking in the pleasant months?

Uh, no. Not for me, anyway. Allan will drive me, or some days, when he's worked til 1:30 a.m. the night before, I'll drive myself and leave the car there. Then I can take the cab home right to the car.

And thanks for the congrats! :)

redsock said...

Nope. We have to move on December 31. Happy New Year!

I found out today that I'll get a paid "moving day" for December 31 (a Sunday).

Canada.

Fuckin' A!

L-girl said...

Wow! I should check my firm's benefits. Maybe I have that, too.

Lisa said...

Very cool! (about the paid moving day, that is)

Even cooler that you guys found a place that you're happy with!

Congrats! And Hazel will still be your mayor!

Lisa said...

Oh, one more thing. About the GO buses: I've found the GO buses to be way more enjoyable than the GO trains, in the way that buses can be. Get the window seat, kick back in the comfy chair that actually leans back, and enjoy the ride!

And as has been mentioned, great time to de-clutter! (the ONLY bonus in the ordeal called moving, which I've experienced more times than I care to rememember). Though I imagine that you probably did most of the pruning in your first move...

L-girl said...

Well, I really like the GO trains, and I generally feel nauseated on buses. But I will give them a fair shot. Because I have no choice!

I assure you, there is absolutely no clutter to get rid of. We got rid of tons of stuff when we moved here, and now everything else stays. I'm not an accumulator, and Allan won't part with anything else!

Lisa said...

Buses=nausea. I do understand that one. As I'm sure you already know, get the seat closest to the front that you can find, and above all else, DO NOT READ!

My SO is also a packrat, which I am most definitely not. Makes for interesting compromises and heated discussion...(umm, do you really need to hang on to that carefully labeled and organized collection of keys that fit into no lock that you've come across in the last ten years...?)

L-girl said...

and above all else, DO NOT READ!

Yep. This is the main reason commuting by bus is disappointing - I can't read. I've always used commute time to read. Boo.

My SO is also a packrat, which I am most definitely not. Makes for interesting compromises and heated discussion

Indeed. :-)

We have learned a lot about accommodating each other, but nothing worked so well as having two completely separate workspaces.

mkk said...

Congrats! I'm so glad you found a great place -- and so quickly! We can't wait to visit you in your new home.

L-girl said...

We can't wait to visit you in your new home.

Stay tuned for the second annual wmtc party.

Thanks, Marcie!

Scott M. said...

This is the main reason commuting by bus is disappointing - I can't read. I've always used commute time to read. Boo.

Easy solution to that... just go to your local library and get books on CD! I use them for my commute, and just finished off Robert Ludlum's "The Sigma Protocol". Good stuff!

L-girl said...

I'm not sure I'd bother for 3 half-hour trips a week. But it's a good suggestion, thanks. Maybe I'll be bored enough to try it!

Anonymous said...

Ok, now I'm caught up... congrats on finding the place. We really ARE neighbors now.

L-girl said...

Oh how funny! Maybe you'll come to the next wmtc party, then.

Thanks for the congrats. :)

redsock said...

exactly one week after getting the bad news.

Just noticed this!!! Was this Orsilloism deliberate?

L-girl said...

Yes. :)