How did you do it? What was important to you in making your choice?
DP and I are in the fortunate position of looking at blocks to buy, with the aim of building in approx 2 years time. When it comes to our forever home, we both agree on what we want - we just can't seem to decide on where! He recently sold his house in the city to move in with me in the suburbs. I like this area but it has experienced pretty much all the growth it can and there isn't any more vacant land. Our house is way too small and not kid friendly, plus it was the house I owned with my XH so there's bad memories too...we'd like a fresh start.
I grew up in a small town, the commute is not too bad, having grown up there it feels like no time at all to me but for DP it's a bit of an issue. It's experiencing massive growth but being out of town the blocks are so well priced. We'd be able to build a bigger house, potentially have it paid off quicker etc. DD would be going to the same school I did which would make me so happy. It's a great school and I had such a lovely upbringing in that town. Wherever we live I want her to have that sense of belonging and community, like these streets are her home, where she can always come back to and feel loved and safe. DP is just not sold on being so far out of town, he grew up in the city and likes being close to everything, whereas I like being further away! He's not very sentimental like I am. But I'm level headed enough to realise that DD doesn't need to have the same upbringing as me for it to still be wonderful or even better! And I feel very strongly about both DP and I feeling totally happy with where we build, it's too big a decision for one person to have doubts.
Some of the areas he likes I'm not totally against but they just feel so foreign to me. They're nice and the schools are good but I'm someone who really likes to feel connected to their community and whilst I haven't ruled them out I just question, 'could I feel at home here?'
Just curious as to how others have decided where to set themselves up, and if you moved to a brand new area, how did it go??