We live in a condo. In a condo “community” known as Mystic Pointe. The sign on the highway actually reads, “Mystic Pointe Neighbourhood” but there is nothing neighbourly about where we live. There is no community in the sense that there is no social network, there is no local meeting place, nothing. No local businesses, nothing to encourage the people who live here to actually LIVE here.
There are currently 4 condo towers (a fifth is under construction with more planned) and a collection of townhomes (with many more planned). The main floor of one of the towers is the perfect location for the basics of a community. There are a number of vacant storefronts – they’ve been vacant for at least the last 2 years aside from the condo sales office – along with a corner store, a dry cleaner and a pet groomer. These businesses need neighbours. More shops to keep the citizens of this community in the community. As I cannot get all of the basics in my community I am forced to get in my car and drive to another area; since I am already making a trip, I do what I can to make it as effective as possible which means that I take our drycleaning to the cleaners near the video store, drug store and grocery store. I have no reason to do things in my neighbourhood as we are lacking so much.
A Dentist/Doctor, a video rental place, a drug store, a coffee shop/ place for an after work drink, and a diner would all be welcome additions to our neighbourhood. These additions would keep people in our neighbourhood, increase pedestrian traffic, (which helps curb vandalism – another issue in our community), and reduce the use of vehicles – another concern that has seen multiple Town Hall meetings called.
Despite all of these pros, the city councillor for our region seems opposed to doing anything about this issue – or maybe he is just opposed to having to work. (Either way the lure of politics is starting to take hold. I’m going to start with our condo corporation Board of Directors and see how that goes.)
Today we decided to hang curtains in our living room. We have floor to ceiling, wall-to-wall windows with an incredible view over the western part of Toronto, however where the windows meet the walls the room looks unfinished. It is finished, but design-wise it needs something to break up the corner = curtains.
We got this cool aircraft cable style curtain hanging set-up, but discovered that the wall separating our suite from the one next door is solid concrete. Solid concrete that lies just half an inch beneath the drywall. I had hopes that there would be some underlying structure of studs or something similar between the drywall and the concrete but no such luck.
This concrete wall put a halt to my installation plans as I now have one end securely fastened to an internal wall, and the other end is left in a heap on the floor next to the curtains and the other end of the hanger!
Tomorrow a trip to Canadian Tire for a concrete drill bit will solve this dilemma, but for now I’ve hit the wall.
Time for a bike ride.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve lived in the condo for a year already, but it’s true. On March 29, 2006 I took posession of my first home; a home that I now share with my wonderful fiancÃ©e Leah!
Sadly, when I bought this place I thought I was going to live the single guy in the city life for a few more years, and that this would be my bachelor ad in the sky!
My how things change…
We accomplished a lot this weeked but still have more to do. The paint in the bedroom dried down to a really nice colour, and it really makes the room look great. I’m hoping to get home early today and paint the final bedroom wall; if I do, I’ll post some pics, or maybe a video tomorrow of the new space!
Really. It is. We finished painting it today, and although the colour is quite a shock compared to the builders white, I think it’s going to work!
We painted three of the four walls in the bedroom – I did the rolling, Leah did the details – but it still took way longer than we thought it would. The fourth wall and the curtains will have to be completed tomorrow; I hope. It seems that there just isn’t enough time in a weekend to get all the things done that we need to do.
The painted walls have really changed the look of the room already, and I’m excited to see the finished product tomorrow!