What I bought
A CREATIVE APPROACH TO CONDO SHOPPING AND DESIGN
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