Name: Vanessa Combe, my partner Blake, and our cat Marlon
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Size: 500 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting
Apartment hunting in Toronto is a miserable affair. The city gets more expensive every year and the lack of housing—especially affordable housing—means that everyone is fighting tooth and nail for a place to call home. If you’re hoping that “home” will be above ground, or have a “real” bedroom, or have any interest or originality or character to it, then you have to be ready to rise above all the other applicants and, most importantly, be ready to pay. And pay a lot.
That’s why, after months and months of endless open houses, applications and desperate email exchanges with landlords, as well as some tough talks about what we could actually afford, I couldn’t believe my luck when I walked into this amazing space that would soon become ours.
I am a chalk artist (@_vanessadraws), and my partner is the Toronto Director for Alveole (@alveolebuzz), an urban beekeeping company!
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