We met Pat and Ian at a condo open house. They were starting to think about selling their stately 3,500 sq ft Ottawa home in McKellar Park and wanted to buy a large condo in a central walking neighbourhood. They were open to anything. Well, anything with 2 to 3 bedrooms, at least 2,000 square feet, lots of entertaining space, high ceilings for their incredible artwork, a room for daughter Sabrina and a spot for fur child, Rufus.
They were not in a hurry. So we condo shopped with them. And shopped. Then we shopped some more. Confident they would find what they wanted, we listed and sold their home and within a couple of months they were settling into their spectacular 2,400 sq ft condo on the Rideau Canal and making this stunning space their own.
Here Pat Bailey and Ian Rankin share some thoughts about home ownership, Proust style.
(Our apologies to Marcel Proust and Vanity Fair, for adapting the iconic Proust Questionnaire to be about real estate!)
What is your idea of the perfect house?
Open concept, contemporary, spacious, low maintenance, one level – like the one we live in!
What house chore do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Cleaning the salt and grit off the floors in winter.
If you could change one thing about your house, what would it be?
A large private outdoor space would be nice.
What do you most value in your friends’ houses?
Views, exposure to different neighbourhoods… their cooking!
When and where are you happiest in your house?
Is this a serious question? Enjoying the luxury of a comfortable and well-appointed bedroom when we are alone.