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    Default Small unit or big backyard

    Unfortunately my house that's up for sale, is not going to yield much profit in the current market - I'll be happy to break even at this point. Devastating, frustrating & unfair as I have no choice but to sell. But such is life, move on.

    So thanks largely to a previous thread, I've made the decision to stay within my current suburb. Whilst moving further out would be cheaper and mean I could buy a lot faster, it's also away from my Dad, daycare, preferred living area etc

    My options that I'm stuck with now are whether to go with a small unit or decent backyard. Help!

    Unit
    - cheaper so can save faster
    - more disposable income for holidays
    - less maintenance
    - but no backyard with 2 growing boys
    - worried about cabin fever

    House
    - more expensive, so longer to save
    - more maintenance (but no biggie)
    - decent yard for boys & bbq's etc
    - room for all furniture, less cramped

    FYI, boys are 2 & 9mths, this will probably be min 2-3yrs. So, what would you do?

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    With 2 boys, I would say go for a yard, even if it isn't very big, otherwise when they are a bit bigger you will have to take them to the park all the time. If you have your own yard you can let them play outside while you are getting dinner sorted etc. (In my ideal world i would have a kitchen overlooking the backyard so I can peel potatoes and watch her play).

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    Me personally I'd go for the unit. You can always take kids out to park etc. I'd rather save the money

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    How many days do you work? I think if they're at child care at least a few days a week you'll be fine with a smaller place for now. We're in quite a small 3 bed flat and it's fine. We go to the playground most days and on rainy days there's always places to run around indoors like museum, NGV, play centres etc. and DS runs around outside at child care 3 days a week. I think if you were staying there too long it would be an issue, or if you were home every day, but I think in the short term it's fine.
    Although if you bought a house, would that be it, or would you probably need to move again?

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    How much do you use your yard currently?

    See we have Miss 5 and a baby on the way and a massive backyard BUT we never use it, it's a great yard for kids but for us.. as a family we just don't use it. We get the lawn mowed and that's about as much attention as it gets.

    I personally can't wait to get into a unit (in the next year) to not have to worry about it.

    I know we are in the minority and if your kids spend a lot of time in the yard of course that's more what I would lean towards.

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    *waves* Hi Pesca

    As a woman who has raised 3 busy boys, I would opt for a big yard. At least you will have room for a tramp, swings and bikes ect.

    I think I would have gone stir crazy when the boys were little if we didn't have a decent yard for them to burn off some energy.

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    Thanks everyone! Yep I forgot to add:-

    - returning to work 3 days a week for 2 months, then will be full-time.
    - we have a courtyard right now that we spend heaps of time in. My eldest already is a lover of the great outdoors.

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    I have a 4.5 yr old boy who is a big outdoor lover and climbs the walls being inside too long. We live in a townhouse with a tiny courtyard and do just fine. We have been here since he was born. We don't spend much time at all at home so I feel it would be wasted money. I would much prefer the funds to take my kids on holidays, etc. I think especially as you will be working full time a big backyard is not a necessity.

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    Could you find a townhouse with a small courtyard? This would be cheaper to rent but still have a bit of a yard for the kids? Best of both worlds for you

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    Unit. We've lived in properties with yards. They are more of a PITA than anything. It's just something else to maintain.
    My kids aren't very outdoorsy either.
    We live in a unit atm. There is a large grassed common area out the front, a reserve with a large clear grassed area, and a playground just around the corner. So we definitely have options if they feel the need to run around. I think a lot of units would be the same.



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