The woes of condo hunting

The woes of condo hunting


I wish condo hunting was as easy as picking what I want to eat from the brunch menu at Cafe Cancan.

It’s funny how just when you think everything is starting to fall into place, the rug gets pulled out from under you. A few weeks ago my roommate and I got the (very) unfortunate news our landlord had decided to sell our condo, and that there may be a chance we would have to move out. This being our second move in 2 years (our first landlord also decided to sell after a year) we were pretty upset. Add to that the fact that one of the main reasons we originally picked this condo was that we were promised from the get-go this would be a long term living situation for us, and that our landlord had no intention to sell… we were cheesed. Fast forward a few weeks, way too many invasive showings, and people constantly in our space day in and day out.. the condo finally sold to a buyer who is going to move in, meaning our little butts have been kicked to the curb.

Unfortunately for us the market is hot hot HOT in Toronto. Condo prices have skyrocketed, landlords have the pick of the litter, and bidding wars for rental units are not uncommon. So what has this meant for us? Renters are holding onto their condos for dear life meaning there is less to look at, and for an equivalent condo we are having to look at spending an extra $600-800 month. YIKES.

So far we are 1 week into our search, and while we’ve found two condos we’ve liked, the fierce competition has meant multiple bids and us leaving empty handed. The more we hunt the more we realize what we’re looking for, but at the same time the more we realize how hard it will be to get. SIGH. If there’s one thing I can tell you it’s that it’s definitely a landlords market right now, and it’s hard out here for a renter. Hoping you can all send positive vibes our way, and maybe (just maybe) the next time you’re reading my post I’ll have news that I actually know where I’ll be living in the new year. One can only hope.

In the spirit of this stressful journey, I’ve compiled a list of what I call my “Toronto condo pet-peeves” – aka things that are way too common in condos here that I want nothing to do with. Scroll down to read my list!



What I’ve come to realize: If I could just forget about all this condo hunting madness and move into Cafe Cancan instead I would be a happy girl. 




Is it really too much to ask for that I just want to find a condo that looks like this?



You can just tell I’m plotting how to make Cafe Cancan my home…


7 Things I’ve realized I DON’T want in a Condo, that apparently people in Toronto are okay with (aka my condo search pet peeves so far):

  • Why so many condos in the heart of downtown have to literally be the size of a shoebox. Apparently no one owns furniture these days?
  • Who invented the condo sized fridge? Why are they basically the size of a mini hotel fridge? Do people not eat anymore?!
  • Sliding corner SEE THROUGH doors to bedrooms?! WHY IS THIS EVEN A THING? Who wants a see through door to their bedroom?! (side note – this isn’t even in one bedroom condos, we’ve seen them in 2 bedroom ones!)
  • Why is one bedroom always way bigger than the other? If people are splitting a condo don’t you think it would make sense to have the bedrooms somewhat even? Why does one of us get to feel like a princess while the other feels like Harry Potter circa living with the Dursleys?
  • Condos that allow air bnb. It’s like living in a frat house or hotel I tell you! (and not the kind where they clean your room every day)
  • WHY do so many condos have ZERO light fixtures in the bedrooms now? Just because it’s a bedroom doesn’t mean all I do in it is sleep?
  • Weird shaped condo buildings that equal diagonally slanted or round rooms that you can’t organize your furniture in for the life of you. What gives?! Why can’t we have functional rectangle rooms?!


What are some of your condo pet-peeves you’ve come across? Would love to hear in the comments below!





All photos taken by myself and Hillory Renkima at Cafe Cancan




  1. October 31, 2017 / 5:07 am

    Aw bless! Hope you find something quick and must agree – why is there one room bigger than the other? Annoying!
    So happy you landed on my page on my beret post too 😉 LOVE your gorgeous blog!

  2. October 31, 2017 / 8:58 am

    There are beautiful photos Kirsten 🙂

  3. Meg
    October 31, 2017 / 9:35 am

    This is the cutest cafe ever!! I love the colors so much. Also, I hope your search goes better! You will totally end up with the perfect condo though 🙂

  4. October 31, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    I’m currently looking for places with my boyfriend in the Greater Toronto Area and it’s difficult! They want an arm, a leg and thousands in rent lol they say the colder it gets the easier it is to find a place, I hope that applies to Toronto and good luck to you!

  5. October 31, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    I have seen a variety of places I’ve eaten and even hotels, where I wish my apartment looked the same. I for one, suck at decorating, but I too, am a huge fan of this gorgeous decor in that cafe!

  6. Simonetta Lein
    October 31, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    I understand you, looking for a house is taugh and especially with a condo. That place where you are at looks amazing 😉

  7. November 2, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    Condo hunting is the worst! So stressful and so hard to find the perfect home but once you do it’s all worth it! Best of luck in your search!

  8. November 2, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Oh my gosh darling… I get you… it would be so so great if it were really as easy as choosing a meal… but unfortunately.. . We know better… especially after your blogpost. Thank you so much for your advice

  9. November 5, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Oh my that sounds like a renter’s nightmare! I totally get the “space” issues in your pet peeves. In Singapore, the apartments and condos are getting smaller and smaller. A 500sq ft condo can cost 700k. It’s ridiculous. Hope you get your dream place soon and win out all the other bids!

    Ps. that’s a really cute cafe!


  10. Georgia
    November 6, 2017 / 12:41 am

    Love all your photos. So pretty! And, I think I would just move into that cafe.:)

  11. Sweet As Fiction
    November 8, 2017 / 11:32 am

    I would be happy to live in cafe cancan in a heartbeat. Hehe. Such pretty decor. I have to say my biggest pet peeve is the no light fixture in the bedroom too. Had that issue before buying my house and I had to buy multiple lamps for different types of lighting. I also am not a fan of the air bnb with condos. Noise levels galore. Hopefully your move is a smooth one with a new owner who doesn’t sell for years to come ❤

  12. November 10, 2017 / 2:03 am

    House hunting is so hard! There’s always things you love and hate about each option. Hope you find something soon!

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