How do you select an apartment when you are searching at a distance? If Hasse is your property agent it is awesome and easy. However, in other cases it is more of a challenge. Saskatoon has a lower vacancy rate and higher rent than Gävle, although we still got to benefit from a helpful colleague-to-be. Thanks Shelley!
The new place is downtown across the bridge from the University (walking or biking distance) and has space for guests (because everyone wants to come to Saskatoon!) Despite being in a group of many residential apartment towers we appear to be in a downtown food desert – not sure how long that can last, since Graham and I both like to cook and eat. Too long a walk for groceries and our lettuce will freeze (don’t laugh!) We plan to live car-free as we have in Gävle and Vancouver, but we may rent more often.
We get possession on Oct 1. You will still be able to reach us (toll-free from Vancouver) on our 604 number. The directions from Vancouver are easy: drive East for 30 hours. Turn left at Regina and drive another 4 hours or so. See you in 2-3 days!