MY DIGS: NORTH END HAL­I­FAX

The Coast - - SUITE LIFE -

It was prac­ti­cal­ity and con­ve­nience that sold Kaylin MacKen­zie on be­com­ing a condo owner. Af­ter years of rent­ing, she’d re­al­ized that find­ing a place she loved wasn’t easy. “When I started crunch­ing the num­bers I re­al­ized that rent­ing a place I would re­ally like was not go­ing to cost that much less than own­ing a place,” she says. “For­tu­nately, I had some money saved for a down pay­ment, so I fig­ured why not buy and put that money to­wards my­self, ver­sus throw­ing it away ev­ery month?” With her tar­get firmly planted on north end liv­ing, she found a spot that suits her life pretty per­fectly.

THE SPACE

A 680- square- foot, one- bed­room unit

THE NEIGH­BOUR­HOOD

“I was hard- and- fast on stay­ing on the penin­sula— go­ing to Clay­ton Park or Bed­ford was ab­so­lutely not an op­tion for me,” says MacKen­zie. Af­ter rent­ing down­town and in the west end, she set­tled on north. “Ul­ti­mately a lot of friends live in a five- block ra­dius. I can walk to work, I can walk down­town, I can walk to the gro­cery. It was just a re­ally con­ve­nient de­ci­sion for me.”

THE SELLING POINTS

MacKen­zie only re­ally had a cou­ple of must-haves on her shop­ping list, all of which she found in her cur­rent home: An out­door space (check, pri­vate bal­cony

and rooftop pa­tio), park­ing, rea­son­able condo fees and build­ing safety. “And re­sale value, how do I think this condo will fare five years from now?” she says, adding that she did mar­ket anal­y­sis with her re­al­tor to en­sure the most bang for her buck. “I think in five years when I do de­cide to sell, or three, there will still be high de­mand for this kind of unit. A mort­gage is your sav­ings ac­count in a way, so you want to make sure your sav­ings ac­count is grow­ing.”

THE LOOK

“When you have too much stuff in a small space, it makes it look smaller—it’s al­most over­whelm­ing,” says MacKen­zie, who spent se­ri­ous time at KEW Fur­ni­ture find­ing a few mid-cen­tury mod­ern pieces that best fit her lit­tle lay­out. “I’m very min­i­mal­ist be­cause it’s such a small space and it’s very open-con­cept. So as lit­tle stuff and fur­ni­ture as pos­si­ble. Smaller couch, lower, thin pro­file shelf for my TV— it keeps things nice and open. I just keep it lit­tle, keep it ba­sic, keep it mod­ern.”

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