Discovered! The quickest way to sink spirits? Peruse real estate in New York.
I wish I was in NY now, I moaned to Dr Chan. I need to be on the ground to grab a flat! The prices will go up in the summer when all the new graduates, and students come into the city!
Moan, moan, moan.
Looking at something called One Union Square- 1 bed, 1 bath, $XXXXUSD, I whimpered on. “Sunny 1 bed 1 bath, with South High Line views, $XXXXUSD…”
Why don’t you email the agent? I like the High Line. He said.
Cue for my heart to sink faster. Because my husband never says no to me, I have to stay alert and be careful to not ask for what’s simply too ridiculous.
Dear New York Apartment (Without Bed Bugs and Mice, preferably with a secured entrance, clean hallways, laundry within the building, on a tree-lined street with windows NOT facing a wall nor an elevator shaft/airwell…), please find me. Or else, I will have to think up a Plan B…
… Plan B had me switching continents. The market is currently weak in Singapore. For the same amount, I could be enjoying unobstructed views of a patch of verdant rainforest, a Miele kitchen with washer and dryer facilities within my home. Before I get too carried away, note to self- the rainforest is but a temporary pleasure. In Singapore, redevelopment is rapid like a contagious disease- here today, whoosh gone tomorrow; the rainforest also comes with the realities of mosquitoes, snakes, meat-eating lizards.
A snake could crawl in and eat Bruno, The Good Doctor once said gently to me.
And then what?
And then I kept clicking away and my heart that had already found its way to my feet, halted.
I know my grandmother’s house is for sale. But to see it advertised on Property Guru felt too stunning a blow…
Freehold, on a rectangular plot, sitting atop Cheviot Hill in choice district 15. The house is an investor’s dream. Some person will come along, swoop it for a song, and build in its place, the unrecognisable.
How I wish I could save the house. The house, I ironically longed so much to leave, as a child.
Dear Popo, I would give anything for the house to not be on the market, and for you to be with us again.
- Popo’s house is at 83-A Cheviot Hill, District 15, Singapore. The potential of the land, its rectangular plot, its choice location and “lucky” address speaks for itself. She has raised 7 children, 16 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandkids there. For more information, please contact one of the agents you find on http://www.propertyguru.com.sg