What I bought

A CRE­ATIVE AP­PROACH TO CONDO SHOP­PING AND DE­SIGN

NOW Magazine - SuiteLife - - Suitelife - By SAB­RINA MAD­DEAUX Pho­tos by DAVID HAWE

What to do when your fi­ancé moves home from law school and your Ci­tyPlace condo isn’t large enough for the two of you?

If you’re Jen­nifer Wil­liams, owner of Wil­liams Pub­lic Re­la­tions, you find an open- con­cept, multi-level space that you can ren­o­vate into the per­fect home for you and your bet­ter half (plus any kids who might come along).

Wil­liams and her now hus­band, Jeremy Lum-Dan­son, found their home­sweet-home in the Port­land Park Vil­lage con­dos in the trendy King West neigh­bour­hood.

“We both hate to move, so we knew we wanted a place for the long term,” says Wil­liams.

The two fell in love with the pri­vate rooftop pa­tio and the fact that the space needed an over­haul, “be­cause we would be able to make it our own from top to bot­tom.”

They changed almost ev­ery­thing, rip­ping up the floors, gut­ting the kitchen, adding new ap­pli­ances, re­paint­ing all the walls and chang­ing all the light fix­tures.

“In the bath­room, we re­moved the stand­ing shower, added two new van­i­ties, new tiles, light fix­tures, wall­pa­per and a new washer and dryer,” says Wil­liams.

Her favourite part of the condo? “The master bath­room on the sec­ond floor, be­cause I love the con­trast of the black and white tile floors with the blue and white striped wall­pa­per.” Orig­i­nal condo bud­get $500-$600 per square foot. Unit price While they’d rather not dis­close the ex­act price, the cou­ple bought their place for over $500,000 in the sum­mer of 2012. Wish list “A func­tional open- con­cept lay­out, unique spa­ces in­doors and out­doors, multi-level and two bed­rooms.” It was also im­por­tant to find a space that’d be great for en­ter­tain­ing. Num­ber of prop­er­ties seen They looked at about half a dozen spa­ces. What they got A two-bed­room, twobath­room condo that’s ap­prox­i­mately 1,200 square feet inside and 500 square feet out­side. What they say about the neigh­bour­hood “We love it. We’re sur­rounded by great restau­rants and have easy ac­cess to shop­ping, gro­ceries…. Re­ally, any­thing we need is within walk­ing dis­tance. We also like that we’re close to the high­way, so we don’t have to sit in too much down­town traf­fic to get out of the city on week­ends.”

Jen­nifer Wil­liams and Jeremy Lum-Dan­son

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