Today I have been dreaming… I’ve been dreaming and researching. About houses.
I have this dream, of owning my own space, that I can fill with all my own stuff. A space where I can have a cat, and a dog if I want them, even a large drooling, accidentally destructive dog, and a demanding, furry shedding cat. (Is there any other kind?)
I want some place I can wander around naked without wondering if I’m going to accidentally flash a flatmate – or worse – a friend of a flatmate. A space that I can fill with stuff, and decorate, and renovate, and change at will. A space where I don’t have to worry about coasters, and chore charts, and being a conscientious house-mate.
So I’ve been researching. On my current salary, I could get a home loan for just over 400,000. Which would take me a very, very long time to pay off.
Only the places I’ve been looking at, and dreaming of owning, and having pets in, and filling with stuff? Well those are quite a bit more expensive than my modest hypothetical 400,000 budget.
Like this one here:
This dreamy apartment is very modestly titled BEST VALUE WATERFRONT IN WELLINGTON!! You can tell it’s true, because it has two exclamation marks. At 111m2 with two bedrooms, one bathroom and a ratable value of $580,000, it’ll be going to auction, which means: Shannon? Please stop dreaming, because you cannot afford this.
There are all kinds of other pictures of this apartment, but I honestly can’t get past the living space. Can’t you just see me curled up in here on a huge modern couch, surrounded by books? perhaps with some kind of a sleek and eye catching lamp to read by? Also a Great Dane couch-potato dog to share my large couch with? And a view of the port? Yes? Me too.
*By the way, I’ve been all kinds of helpful, in linking all of these photos to the advertisements, just in case you want to have a closer look and join me in a little unrealistic dreaming.
Next up I found myself drooling over this Penthouse Apartment in the heart of Lambton Quay:
STYLE PLUS LOCATION – WOW! Wow, indeed. This is a pretty top floor apartment, with a stately view over the city, and I might have cried when I first saw it because: Ratable Value $1,050,000, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 200m2
offers over $925,000 – Which is twice my hypothetical budget, and then some.
But, BUT, look at the view that this stately old lady boasts! That big tall building there? The curvacious one? with all the windows? That’s where I work now. I could string up a flying fox from this balcony, to my office window, and never be late again!
And then there’s this:
This right here? This is Heaven. Otherwise known as enough room to swing a cat, AND a Weimaraner. AND? It’s one of three bedrooms, that look roughly the same size. If you’re keeping count, that’s three cats, and a veritable pack of Weimaraners.
Unfortunately said masterpiece doesn’t have a price, instead the owners very coyly say ‘price by negotiation’. I have a firm rule when it comes to pricing: If you have to ask, you cannot afford it.
Yes. I am talking to you SHANNON.
If you whitewash out the fugly curtains and furniture, you have a room that I could find myself very very comfortable in. Perhaps with stone gray furniture, a splash of colour on the floor in a textured red rug, some bold artwork, and drop-down blinds, finished off with piles of books stacked into sleek bookshelves dotted around the room.
Again, ignore the strange set up of mirrored vanities, and weird choice of bed covering, and you’ll find a light, and airy bedroom equipped with a fireplace, to keep me, my hyperactive Boxer dog,and my fat, contented house-cat comfortable during winter.
And did I mention that this is all for roughly $200,000 over my hypothetical budget? Yes? Oh. Never-mind then.
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