We are currently living in Canberra and have been on two good incomes . I went back to work full time when DD was just 12 weeks old (had one week off before she was born) and have since been manager of a busy business . We have been TTC number 2 for 18 months and are currently using fertility treatment ( gonal F at this stage). I am burnt out and stressed all the time and have become more and more depressed that I don't get to spend enough time with my DD. so i have quit my job and my last day is actually tomorrow, YAY!!! we have a 350000 mortgage and absolutely cannot afford to live off one wage, even part time work will be a struggle . We are willing sell our house so that we can afford for me ti only have to work 2-3 days per week. BUT our mortgage repayments are not much more than renting in Canberra as Canberra housing prices are insane. A 3 bedroom townhouse is about 430-450 per week. So we are looking at moving somewhere more affordable . It needs to be somewhere that jobs are available obviously. And preferably somewhere within a couple hours drive of a major city and if possible a beach. We are looking for somewhere that has good schools and is family friendly. I will miss the friends I have in Canberra and want to meet new people and make friends, not having my friends close by will be the hardest part. Both DH and I have strained relationships with our families so not something we really need to consider . So I have spent LOADS of time on the Internet but would love to head where other families on below 70000 live and what they like/ dislike about where they live.
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