A few days ago we took possession of our “new” house.
And as my dad used to say “well, new to me.” – The house is actually almost 60 years old and needs a lot of work but it has lots of potential…..
LOL, I love that word, “potential”.
Really what that means is if you pour enough money into it it might actually look nice.
Don’t get me wrong, it will look nice and I’m up for the challenge and the task but we didn’t buy the house, we bought the yard, pool and location.
There’s going to be adjustments for my wife, kids and I but we’re already getting settled and figuring things out.
Aside from moving from a completely finished and modern home into a “fixer upper “ if you will, we’re moving form the ultra convenient east side of Milton to the much less convenient west side.
I say it’s lets convenient because where we were was a few blocks from the 401, James Snow Parkway, the superstore, the movie theatre, parks, children’s splash pads, restaurants, home depot, Canadian Tire and Indigo and on and on.…
We could literally walk to everything I really need to right now, though I admittedly usually drive (I know, shame shame).
Part of my decision making process when buying this home was to find out what was around and what is coming and when.
If you haven’t been along Main street out to the west end where it meets Tramaine at the round-about, you might be interested to learn that there’s a lot going on out here.
They have been building a large community park and have a play ground and baseball diamond up already.
There’s a large green space and a running track/walking trail around the outside of the park.
In a year or so they will be putting in a new community centre just about where Savoline meets Main.
This community centre will be similar to the Milton Sports Centre and have a few arenas, a gym and pool and other facilities as far as I understand.
Those are great amenities to be at our door step but one of the biggest thing I will miss from the east end is the quick and easy access to the 401.
As it stands right now we’ll have to add another 10 minutes to our drive even get to the 401.
I know, it doesn’t seem like a lot but since we’ve spent that last 6.5 years being only 1-2 minutes away it seems like a lot.
So we were pleased to learn that we won’t be inconvenienced for too long.
We recently saw Tremaine get widened between Derry and Main and that widening will turn into an extension which jogs east before Steeles and will meet up with 401.
If all goes according to plan Tremaine will meet the 401 and have an interchange by 2018
And while we can’t predict for sure what private enterprise will do too far out, you can imagine that more development will come to the west side around the 401 which means more jobs and more growth.
I’ve even seen plans for a subdivision between Steeles and the 401, though I don’t know if that’s been approved and has the green light.
While we have a lot of
work ahead of us in our “new” home it’s nice to know that some changes will only be temporary.