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    We did the exact same thing. I travel 75kms each way to work in peak hour traffic so sometimes it can take 1.5hrs each way. I wouldn't trade it for the world and don't think I could ever go back to suburbia. We see all sorts of wildlife and end up feeding kangaroos less than a meter away. There is plenty of room for our daughter to play and explore as she grows up. It does take a little getting used to but so worth it.

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    I couldn't handle all of the commuting, I think it will become to much at some point, especially with children involved.

    Such ashame

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    My brother moved to Bowral and still works in the Sydney CBd.

    To beat the traffic he gets up at 445am and it still takes him an hour and half.

    He never sees his kids. He's totally exhausted.

    I would never do it unless I had a job in the new town.

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    We had a beautiful house on acerage 45m from town, along came #1 - I managed, just with full time work. Along came #2 and it became impossible (we were all exhausted all the time and not getting home from work till late - kids were asleep in the car by that time and hadnt had tea!) We sold and bought closer to family and work. Save yourself the stamp duty on an unnecessary move... buy something a bit more expensive where you are - you save in fuel, wear and tear on the cars and quality time with any (future?) kids.... goodluck with your decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillDweller View Post
    I don't think you're crazy, because that's exactly what we did. We moved to the Perth hills about 18 months ago. I travel over an hour to work then back each day. I don't really mind it. Sometimes it's annoying when you just want to get home after work and you know you have a 75 minute drive ahead of you, but the trade of being able to live where we do is totally worth it for me. I hate the city, and when I'm driving home, as soon as I reach the bottom of the hill and get among all those trees and wildlife, I instantly relax. I could never ever go back to living closer to the city now.

    Anywhere we go now that is less than a 45 minute drive we consider "close by". For us, it only took a couple of months to get used to living further away from things. It doesn't bother us at all - we have friends that live 90 minutes away, so we just leave 90 minutes before we have to get there <shrug> We were really tossing up whether to buy this house too because we thought the distance would bother us, but it hasn't.

    I would say it depends a fair bit on your actual lifestyle though. That's what we weighed up. We are stay at home, do the gardening, watch movies, raise animals type people. If we were party goers who loved going into the city for a night out, we wouldn't have done it.

    ETA: Just saw Stretched's post and yes, many friends wont bother making the trip out, but we've found all of the ones we really want to see will. We usually offer to go to them, but they seem to like coming out to us anyway.
    This.
    Im an antisocial type person i much prefer to watch a movie with DP then go out whereas he enjoys his social time as well as. Im a hermit haha
    I expect most friends just wont and thats fine cause we will and we/i expect to travel to socialise.
    Closest maccas is 30 minutes away! To me thats a huge score! Haha

    💜 DD1 aka Peanut 💜 Due 28.10.14

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    Quote Originally Posted by misho View Post
    My brother moved to Bowral and still works in the Sydney CBd.

    To beat the traffic he gets up at 445am and it still takes him an hour and half.

    He never sees his kids. He's totally exhausted.

    I would never do it unless I had a job in the new town.
    My partner is a courier and this is exactly his fear. Never being here with his newborn daughter. Areas we are looking at is just before Bowral ie Yerrinbool and Hill Top

    💜 DD1 aka Peanut 💜 Due 28.10.14

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluehawaii View Post
    I spend 2 hours a day traveling to and from work and it doesn't bother me, but our families live near us as well. If you are doing it because the houses are cheaper, then you need to factor in extra car expenses and that can be expensive. Not only do you use more fuel, but you'll run up the kms on your car quicker. Could you consider renting in the area for a year and see if you like it before buying
    This ^ try the area before you buy, even a shorter term would be a good move first.

    I wouldn't want to do it but everyone is different so you may like it but you won't really know until you have actually lived there before.

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    I think it depends what time of the day you finish work. We did two years of DH having a drive 45min 2x per day, I did the 45 min 4x per day. On the days DH finished at 5 it was fine. When he finished at 6.30pm it wasn't workable.
    For a more rural lifestyle it would be worth it for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmeleem View Post
    My partner is a courier and this is exactly his fear. Never being here with his newborn daughter. Areas we are looking at is just before Bowral ie Yerrinbool and Hill Top

    💜 DD1 aka Peanut 💜 Due 28.10.14
    We have decided to stay city suburb living (great suburb, small home) purely for this reason. I dream of living rural, but not at the risk of added stress and hubby not seeing his kids before they go to bed.
    I agree with pp, why don't you move and rent for a while, if you love it and it works, then make it permanent.
    Good luck with your decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bezzy View Post
    I think it depends what time of the day you finish work. We did two years of DH having a drive 45min 2x per day, I did the 45 min 4x per day. On the days DH finished at 5 it was fine. When he finished at 6.30pm it wasn't workable.
    For a more rural lifestyle it would be worth it for me.
    I finish at 5 but can request earlier. DP can finish at anytime between Noon and 8pm but more commonly between 3 and 6.


    Thanks everyone; it is just a huge change and big commitment for us both. More discussions ahead.

    💜 DD1 aka Peanut 💜 Due 28.10.14


 

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