Carly’s Story – My First Home

They say there’s always something happening in the Byward Market. The quaint four blocks  and its surrounding streets transform into a bustling micro metropolis in and of itself, with young professionals dashing off to their downtown offices. After 5,  Social lounge fills up with chic Generation Y’s, ready to reward themselves with after-work social hour oysters and a glass of the special bartender’s choice. The change of season means the Byward’s restaurants and bars have all come outside, with over 4,000 patio seats–making the market the place to see and be seen.

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I’m Carly. I recently turned 30 and have resided in this beautiful capital city of ours since I finished my Marketing degree. A budding career in advertising, has allowed me to save up in hopes of finding the right first home in Ottawa, with the budget, amenities and lifestyle a young independent woman of today such as myself desires. I text a good friend to catch up with a seasonal craft brew at a lovely terrace on a sunlit afternoon to tell her my news: ArtHaus is just that investment worth my hard-earned money.   

Byward is a neighbourhood of beauty and convenience, and the culture is the perfect anecdote to the fast-paced world of advertising. World-class artworks at the newly designed Ottawa Art Gallery indulges my creative side, inspiring my work and opening up the chance to mix and mingle with the scene’s most compelling artists at the gallery’s soirees.

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An array of one-of-a-kind specialty shops offer all the necessities right in the neighbourhood–and those little luxuries like farmer’s market daily fresh Ontario produce, and La Bottega Nicastro’s well-priced fine foods, make an area unique and liveable. Hitting up the happening nightlife of the market is just steps from my lobby.   

Shopping around for the ideal first home made me reflect on the type of lifestyle that appeals to me. Finding a place with the must-have features fit  for a modern woman, while keeping within my strict budget was a challenge. A prime locale close to work and play, the safety of living within a secure building without the maintenance responsibilities of a detached home, a gym and extra amenities, and of course a stylish clean design–were my top requirements.  My one bedroom ArtHaus Condo, with its modern innovative architecture gives me that sophisticated space I’ve always wanted out of a first home to host friends and colleagues.  The social life that comes with living in the Byward is a major perk. The ultimate, however, is ArtHaus Condo’s affordability and the lifestyle that comes with having the city outside my doorstep.

To be Continued …

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