As I mentioned before, we are moving back to the building where we used to live before we left for Barcelona in April/2006. It’s only 15-minutes walk from the U of T library and the department of History, even less to the Centre of Medieval Studies and its library, places I often have to go to. Less than 100m from the closest subway station, Maitland street is also right around the corner to the heart of the Gay Village of Toronto, a place we’ve grown very fond of. When we first moved to the neighbourhood, back in May/2003, the rental agent had to warn us about the nature of the place. Very tactfully she asked us if we knew the area. We said no, and although I had heard it was the home of the gay community, I didn’t say anything to see what she would say. She said: “Well… your wife will feel very safe here!” Alan looked puzzled and we quickly explained that the place was the centre of the gay men community. He didn’t have a problem with that and neither did I and in time we felt very much at home. Our neighbours were all very friendly and helpful, shop owners were very nice, the building was extremely well managed and clean. Plus, it was at walking distance to everything. So, we couldn’t be happier to find they had an apartment exactly like the one we had before available.
Usually, when you rent an apartment, the landlord will clean it and paint it for you. In our building it means they just paint all the walls an off-white colour so last time we bought our own paints and added some colours to the rooms. This time we had the good fortune of finding a place whose previous tenants left in beautiful conditions. They had painted all the rooms in beautiful shades:
The second bedroom – which will be our office – was painted a beautiful shade of yellow, while the living room/dining room had some walls in a deep olive green and others a pale blue, a very nice combination
And in our building they always give new tenants a “goodies” basket with things that are extremely handy when you first move in to a new place: toilet paper, paper towel, cleaners, tissue paper, cutting board, cleaning rag, towel…
We can’t wait to move in!