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    Question How does one choose a place to live?

    So we are thinking about packing up and heading off soon.... but me a hubby cant work out where we want to live next.
    We are a teacher/childcare careered couple with two young children.

    How has everyone decided on where they live?
    We love the outdoors, eating out and arent huge shoppers (kmart/target/bigw type people)

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    Here are some questions to think about?
    What weather do you like?
    Is being close to a beach important?
    How old are kids? Do you want choice in schools or happy to have limited/no choice?
    Do you prefer country, city or dorm where in between?
    We currently live in the burbs in Adelaide but in the next 5 years plan to move to a small semi-rural property still in close-ish commuting distance for work (our jobs are pretty fixed location-wise). Choice in schools and being not too far from the beach are important to us.

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    My list of considerations would be:
    -weather
    -lifestyle match (outdoor activities and availability)
    -work options
    -cost of living
    -access to schooling, health care
    -community supports
    -benefit for each family member

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    - climate
    - availability of jobs
    - cost of living
    - reported crime rates
    - socio economic status
    - places that don't rely on one industry
    -proximity to activities I think is beach, mountains
    - schools and reputation ( and reported stats)
    -easy access for friends and family

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    Most important things for me would be:
    - weather
    - commute from work
    - what sort of schools are available
    - sense of community
    - good coffee shop

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    The weather
    Quality of Schools in the zone of the house
    Walking distance to a supermarket and somewhere to get coffee and a pub or cafe for casual lunches/dinners
    Close to public transport
    Close to either CBD or place of work
    Somewhere that neighbours take pride in their houses and gardens

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    First I would consider why I want to move and if whatever reason that is will be resolved by moving.
    Then:
    Availability of jobs/ reasonable commute
    Lifestyle options
    Quality schools
    Cost of living
    Access to health care
    Distance from family members/friends who I want to still visit regularly.

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    I love Tasmania. It's perfect for me. I've lived in QLD and Adelaide previously. It's so cheap apart from electricity 😂

    Snow in winter and not stinking hot.

    I love QLD But can't handle humidity.

    Sense of community is great.
    Affordable to buy a house.
    There is work I guess.
    Lots yummy food!
    Transport could improve.

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    Things important for us are zoned schools of choice that have oosh, practical house, street where the kids can play, walk to shops, cafes, access to hospital. Commute to work far less important. I am happy to travel a long time to work if come home to a place that gives me a feeling of wellbeing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGooch View Post
    First I would consider why I want to move and if whatever reason that is will be resolved by moving.
    I think this is the most important. You've had a bit to deal with lately and you need to be realistic in your expectations of what moving will improve, and what things will follow you around regardless.

    We've moved from one side of the country to the other, then back again. We really wanted our latest move to be a lasting one as it's our daughter's 4th school (now grade 3) and she needed stability. Funnily enough though we spent very little time researching the town we chose. We just had a general criteria which it met (about half an hour from work, close to stuff but not in the thick of it, a town surrounded by actual countryside, a town big enough to have a school) then checked it out one day and went "yep, we can make this work". I guess with all our moves we've realised nowhere is going to be "perfect" but if enough of your key criteria are met you can work around the others. Of course there are some seriously shonky towns/suburbs anywhere but for all the rest of them - they are all a potentially wonderful place to live if you commit to the change and make an effort to lay down roots (join local clubs etc etc).

    I guess also, I didn't get to choose quite a few of the places I've lived, the moves have come about through circumstance, but it's always turned out great once I discovered all the "good bits" of our new locale.

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