The Story of My Life so Far - Part 122 - 1998: We buy a house in Richmond, British ColumbiasteemCreated with Sketch.

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This is the story of my life so far: 69 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France


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When I immigrate to Canada with my four children, it was obvious to me that, because of their ages, after a few years here they will have roots and will probably stay in British Columbia for most of their life.
Realizing this, I knew that I should buy a house that will be part of their roots. However, when we arrived, we were not able to do it immediately

However, after four years of renting houses, in 1998 I had saved enough for a down payment on a house.
So, with my children, we started to look for houses that I could buy.

We visited several houses in Richmond and I listened to the comments of my children to decide on the house we would buy.
My two oldest daughters, Roseline and Betty, have a strong sense of smell. So, when we visited a house that was previously owned by an Indian family, because the house smelled strongly of curry, they told me immediately after we enter the house that they would never live there, even though it was a beautiful house.

We finally found a house on Romaniuk Drive.


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Our house on Romaniuk Drive today
source: Google street view

On the ground floor, there were a large living/dining room, a kitchen, a den, a half bathroom, a laundry room with the furnace, and the garage.

On the upper floor, there were four bedrooms, including the master bedroom with a full bathroom and a walking closet, another full bathroom and a small room that I used as my home office.

As far as I remember, Roseline and Syrille were alone in their bedrooms, but Betty and Gaëlle were sharing a bedroom.
However, this situation did not last for long, as not long after we bought the house, Betty, Roseline and Syrille left. Roseline returned to live in the house later, but Betty and Syrille never returned "permanently".

It was in this house on Romaniuk Drive that we were living when Marie and Philippe came to visit us in Summer 1999.

We lived in this house until 2006 when we sold it to buy our current family house in Harrison Hot Springs

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real estate is in a world wide crash, poor timing..

Obviously you don't know real estate in British Columbia.

And we are talking of buying a house in 1998, 20 years ago.