Continuing on withÂ my â€œWhy Coconut Grove?â€ series of blog posts, here isÂ a wonderful explanation from some clients of mine who purchased a home in Ye Little Wood last year.Â Â
â€œOur family began the search for the perfect vacation home about five years ago. The operative words in our search were Vacation and Home. We wanted to find a perfect climate that allowed us to escape from our winter lives in Toronto. We also wanted more than just a holiday destinationâ€¦ We wanted a home that was part of a safe, friendly, interesting and vibrant community. A tall order.
So many places had already been eliminated after starting out with such high hopes. When our friends mentioned a great regatta weekend in Coconut Grove. â€œHave you heard of it? Itâ€™s divine!â€ I did some research and fell in love with the online version of Coconut Grove. Could reports of this town in a city live up to our expectations, was I in for another disappointment?
We booked a holiday, rented a great cottage in The Grove as I was instructed to call it, and decided to find out for ourselves. The best way to decipher a neighbourhood is on foot so I strapped on my running shoes for a first hand lookâ€¦
I began to believe the hype when I saw people having breakfast on a patio, kids walking to school, dog walkers strolling through the neighbourhood, diversity in people, houses, yards. I saw peacocks, trees and foliage and natureâ€¦ A neighbourhood that had not been razed. I enjoyed mom and pop stores and restaurants, a bookstore open late, and even music on the street corners.
But most importantly and proven over and again, itâ€™s the people in Coconut Grove that made us fall in love. The people who recommended great restaurants, who special ordered the book, who toured us through the real estate, who got us tickets to see the Heat, who invited us to neighbourhood parties, who left welcome orchids on moving day, who have been nothing but kind, and who bent over backwards to make us love The Grove as much as they did.
Best of all itâ€™s the complete strangers who said hello and smiled knowingly as I ran through their neighbourhood that was soon to become my neighbourhood too. â€
After reading that story, how could you possibly live anywhere else?