If it’s not the largest apartment building in the city, it’s definitely one of the bigger. It has 130 units … nine floors. There aren’t too many apartment complexes in Saint John.
We were searching for an apartment online, at first, and I’d fallen for another place. Seeing it in real life change my mind totally.
I’d seen this building many times during our visits here, and I was not impressed. When I saw, what was going to be, our apartment for the first time, I was in awe. Spacious, lots of light, panoramic view … I think I’d made myself a completely different image of that it might look like here.
There are mainly senior citizens living here. It’s very quiet … you never hear a beep.
I love the place … the view, the convenient location of it — I can easily walk down to the grocery store or drug store … even downtown — and it’s care free.
If there is any downside of this, it got to be the heating system. It’s too hot here … all year round. Even though the heat in the apartment is turned off, it’s very warm. We live in the top floor, and I guess the heat from all the other apartments is rising up. There’s some other problem, that they’ve explained to me, about old pipes and water … I don’t know. In the summertime it gets almost unbearable. We have a/c in one room.
We get the sun in the late afternoon/evening, but the ones living on the other side of the building, facing the harbour, get morning sun and all day long. I can only imagine what it’s like in there. They have a grand view of the city (like in this photo), but I much prefer looking at the North End and having a little bit cooler apartment.
I think you could live in a building like this for years and still not see everyone here. In the laundry room I meet little old ladies, and in the elevators … sometimes in the mail room … so we’ve got to know a few of them a little, but we constantly see ‘new faces’.
The ones that are not senior citizens, come from other countries and I think the turnover is pretty large. They only ask for one month’s notice, so there’s a lot of moving in and out. Either they’ve lived here for forty-some years or just a few months.