I have no intentions of moving but I’ve always been interested in real estate. I look regularly at prices, neighborhoods, markets, selling features, sale times etc. I like to be in the know. I often will put my name on information lists for upcoming development projects so I can keep myself up to date.
Given my general distain for human interaction I tend not to attend many open houses or development premiers though. Tonight’s was different though as I had fond childhood memories of the projects former life. It was a hotel that opened in 1916. In its prime, it was beautiful, classic and popular but with a crumbling downtown it began to fall out of favour in the 1980’s. The 1980’s was when I was there for a friend’s birthday party. We must have been around 11 years old and she had her birthday party at the hotel. In the evening we played in the water park with its mushroom fountain and twisty water slide and before bed her mom let us throw water balloons at the cars in the parking lot below. I have a picture of me sitting on the hotel room bed wearing acid washed jeans and holding a balloon in one hand with my wrist bent awkwardly. I have no intentions of finding that picture to share so you’ll have to trust me that it exists and is as fabulous as it sounds. The next morning we went to Mcdonalds for breakfast and the treat of the week was a popper. Those rubber toys that you flipped inside out and laid on the floor until they flipped right side out and in doing so shot up in the air. Mine was transparent yellow with an outline of Ronald McDonald on it. Her mom told us they reminded her of diaphragms. I can’t remember what I ate yesterday but I can remember that.
After sitting vacant for many years the hotel is now under extensive renovations and expansions for some commercial and residential condominiums. While the model suite and sales office had been open for more than six months, tonight was the unveiling of the 12 different penthouse suites. Being invited to such an event is as simple as registering yourself on the mailing list and rsvping. People were well dressed and the service was excellent. The hors d’oeuvres were delicate and the bar was open. Pro tip for those struggling financially: sign yourself for every mailing list you can because FREE food and booze.
In addition to the renovation of the hotel, two addition towers are being constructed. Frankly I think there isn’t enough demand for that many high end units in that neighborhood with this economic climate, but what do I know?!
Here are a few unedited pictures from the evening. I should have taken pictures of the chocolates. The chocolate server knew we were down with his wares and delighted us thrice with his offerings. Stop chasing me, I’m full of chocolate!