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    Default WWYD - Tree Change or not?

    For as long as we have been together (18yrs), DH and I have talked about moving bush. We both grew up on acreage in semi-rural areas of Sydney. Unfortunately, life got in the way and we have never made the move due to work, medical issues with the kids, and family obligation/guilt.

    We purchased in a crap area 8yrs ago that has gone (price wise) through the roof in the last 2 years. We are now very seriously considering going bush. Every time we go bush for a holiday (3 times a year) we dread coming back to Sydney.

    Factors we have considered so far -
    * Jobs - we both have jobs that can be transferred. although he is 2yrs shy of his Long Service. He also has his licence to drive trucks and buses.
    * Kids medical issues - now on a observation level, no more ops.
    * Schooling - our eldest starts high school next year, the youngest starts Kindy in 2018
    * Mortgage - we could sell, pay out our current mortgage, purchase a new place and be mortgage free with a bit of money left over.
    * Ideal place to move is the Mid North Coast. My folks have retired up there a couple of years ago, his will still be in Sydney
    * Age - hubby and I are 35

    WWYD?

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    Different situation to you, no mortgage, kids still small etc but we did it. We lived in various areas of Sydney and then moved 10 hours west. It is been by far the best decision of our lives. I was miserable in the city. I was such a recluse in the city, I'm sure people were starting to think I suffered agoraphobia. I didn't start "living" til we moved. There are concessions we have to make, such as travelling 350km each way, fortnightly, for one of my sons specialists (autism) but the lifestyle we have here is worth it. 100%

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    @Hollywood may be able to chime in on this

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    Given the scenario you paint - why would you not do it?! Are there any particular concerns you have about making the move? did you mean your jobs can or can't be transferred? This would be the biggest factor for me.
    We are hoping to buy a small property in the next few years to have more space and no neighbours so can't talk from experience as we haven't done it yet but it seems as though there is lots in your favour of moving.
    We just looked at a place in our price range with a beautiful view but missed out as they had just accepted an offer. We also missed out on a big property a couple of years ago. Am just thinking when the time is right we'll get exactly what we need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
    @Hollywood may be able to chime in on this
    Yes! OP, I have two words for you: DO IT!! DP and I sold up and moved from Melbourne to West Gippsland in November last year. No regrets whatsoever, we absolutely LOVE IT. I've always fancied the idea of living on a farm and DP has wanted to forever too. I grew up going to stay on a family friend's farm (my great grand uncle married into their family 70 years ago so we have a long history with them). Plus my dad bought 260 acres about 10 years ago. Our farm is now just 20 minutes drive from him.

    The decision to move wasn't taken lightly either. We had been looking for a place for over a year, then sold out place. Two weeks before settlement was to occur, DD (then still 3, she's now 4) was diagnosed with cancer, a tumour in her sinus cavity in her head. We stalled our decision and thankfully the purchasers were investors so we rented it back off them while we decided what to do.

    After much thought we decided to go ahead and buy a farm as planned. Getting here has been HUGELY challenging. Imagine intensive chemo + arranging finance + packing house up + moving + vacate clean + unpacking new house!! I don't recommend doing all that in the span of 6 months!

    Despite all that....we still have no regrets and it has been the best thing for us, and so good for DD's health to be out here in the fresh air.

    I say go ahead and live your dream!

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    Not a bad place to recover from chemo!

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    We escaped Sydney and did the tree change/sea change 6 years ago. Absolutely no regrets!

    It took a few moves to settle where we felt was the right area for us. We prefer to live near facilities and not too remote.

    I think jobs are a huge factor, but you seem to have that covered.

    I think you should go for it - sounds like your hearts are leading you away from the big smoke. We had that feeling too and just decided our time had come to make the big change.

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    Gingermillie - I think for me, this is the scariest step we have ever taken. We never travelled before marriage, as we got married very young (20 and 21) and did our job training instead. In saying that, we both feel peace and "at home" in the bush compared to being in the city, where we are stressed and anxious (me)
    We both work for national and international companies, so can get a transfer to another site, or DH can pick up work as he works in an industry that is always needed, and he has 17yrs experience in his.

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    We have lived remote, rural, metro and semi-rural. We now have 100 acres 20km from a major regional centre, which suits us well. I hope to never live metro again! I love having access to things like a gym, large supermarket & hospital, while still enjoying a "slower" lifestyle.
    Some things to consider:
    Is there a high school in the area? My sister faces the prospect of sending her 11 year old to boarding school or home schooling. No other options for high school.
    Is there a GP in town? Is there a hospital? Having lived in a town with no GP for 100km I can tell you it's not ideal!
    How far to specialist services? Many regional centres at least have visiting specialists on a regular basis.
    Is there a supermarket, chemist, butcher, bakery, pub in town? You don't want to have to travel more than 30 min to get bread/milk if you can help it!
    I say definitely do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolly137 View Post
    Gingermillie - I think for me, this is the scariest step we have ever taken. We never travelled before marriage, as we got married very young (20 and 21) and did our job training instead. In saying that, we both feel peace and "at home" in the bush compared to being in the city, where we are stressed and anxious (me)
    We both work for national and international companies, so can get a transfer to another site, or DH can pick up work as he works in an industry that is always needed, and he has 17yrs experience in his.
    I can understand the fear factor. I have it too. I have always lived in the burbs, we currently have a smal supermarket about 100m from our house and a shopping centre 2km away. Moving away from convenience scares me. And I worry no one will come to visit and we'll get isolated. That may be a good thing 😂
    Given your jobs can move and financially it seems a good move and it seems to fit with your children's schooling transitions and being out of the city has such a positive effect then it seems like it would be a great move for your family. It will still be a big change and I'm sure you'll have pangs of are we doing the right thing but you won't know til you try.
    I guess if you are really worried could you try renting where you think you might move and keep your house in the city for a while as a safety net?
    Or If you do sell up and move and don't like it then the worst case scenario you can pack up and move back it certainly wouldn't be easy but worse things have happened.


 

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