While back in Manitoba, we committed to renting a furnished apartment in James Bay for four months. Since we were signing a lease without seeing the place in person, a short-term rental felt less risky. If we like the apartment, we can extend our stay up to seven months, but after that we will have to move again. I love the flexibility of this arrangement. Once Chris has a job we will have a better idea of our budget, and can choose our next home accordingly.
In the meantime, we seem to have scored a pretty sweet apartment! Although it is a MUCH smaller space than we are used to, it is on the 17th floor and has large windows that offer an amazing view of Victoria’s Legislative Buildings and Inner Harbour. From the balcony, if you look west, you can see Juan de Fuca Strait.
The location is ideal. Our new home is one block away from Beacon Hill Park and about three blocks to the Inner Harbour. It is a short walk to downtown. Chris and I are thrilled at the prospect of being able to walk almost every where we want to go! A more active lifestyle was a main reason we moved to Victoria, and this apartment is definitely conducive to walking.
Another bonus is that our apartment has a large indoor pool, a fitness room, a hot tub, and his and hers saunas. We used the hot tub the first night we were here. I swam laps the last two mornings. Using the pool every day is a routine I could get used to. We want to make regular use of all the amenities. We are paying for them in our rent, so we may as well enjoy them!
Speaking of rent, the cost is $1900 per month. The price includes all utilities, including WiFi and cable. Unless Chris scores a job as sweet as this apartment, we will not be able to afford it long-term. Not that living here indefinitely is even an option. The risk is that we are spoiling ourselves now and will have to re-adjust to a less desirable home down the road, or move to a less central part of the city. Oh well, in the meantime we will savour the lifestyle this apartment affords us!