Sunday, 1 February 2009

The search begins again...

Lucky as we were to find it, we've never been completely happy with our apartment. Its got some great points like a nice big balcony for the kids to play on and a fabulous view. But, there are times when its bad points get a bit overwhelming. Part of the problem is its age. Its too old to be new and too new to be old. Like most apartments built in the 1960/1970s it has no charm or character. And sometimes it just doesn't feel very homely.

The other part of the problem is that for most of my adult life I have lived in buildings that were over 60 years old - which is not old at all in european terms but is old enough when it comes to buildings in Australia. There is something about living in old buildings that I find to be good for the soul. Its probably why, every time I'm in a bad mood, a quick walk around the old town always makes me feel better.

So, last Monday, I happened to see an ad for an apartment to let in the old town. Its slightly smaller than what we are in, which is bad. But its in a lovely old 18th century building, has a bigger balcony and a great view of the canal and the castle. Of course, almost a week has gone by and we still haven't been able to see inside but such is life in France! I am learning to slow down and not get over-excited. We leave on holidays in a week and I doubt we'll be able to see it before we go. And no doubt it will be gone when we get back. But if that happens, that's okay. Its planted the seed for us both, that despite tight financial times, it might just be worth it to find ourselves a new home with a bit of soul.

8 comments:

writerjo said...

I agree with you about old buildings. My friend Noelene says that human energy is stored mostly in the wood of such buildings, rather than the stone - she's a witchy type person and this is the sort of thing she knows.

Thrifted Treasure said...

Good luck finding your new place! I'm sure you'll find somewhere you'll love, at least this time you won't have to be in a rush to find somewhere and can take your time knowing you have a home anyway :-) Hope you have a great holiday too.

Rochelle said...

I totally know what you mean about old buildings. You either have to live in a new, new building or an old one. Sadly all buildings from the 60s and 70s just suck...

Plus, maybe you will find a more sympathetic neighbor if you do end up moving?

misschris said...

I know exactly what you mean. I'm sure you'll find something good in the old town!

screamish said...

is this to rent or buy? sounds like you might want to change neighbours anyway, having read your last posts!

yeah old places have good vibes, generally..or maybe its just that new places dont have any vibes at all?

French for a While said...

I'm still jealous that you get to live in Annecy

French for a While said...

By the way, what's the summer rental market like in Annecy? Our family needs to be out of our house for two months and we're looking for a place to go for the months of July and August.

Milie said...

Good to hear you're planning to move in an old building, I guess it's part of your European experience. I'm sure you'll find something.
You might already know PAP (de Particulier à Particulier) ads, see http://www.pap.fr/, otherwise do not hesitate to visit real estate agencies to ask what they have ;-0
All the best Penny et "hauts les coeurs" (do you know that one?).