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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20-08-2016 11:37 #1
How does one choose a place to live?
20-08-2016 11:46 #2Senior Member
- Join Date
- Aug 2014
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.
21-08-2016 06:19 #3Member
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- Sep 2015
My list of considerations would be:
-lifestyle match (outdoor activities and availability)
-cost of living
-access to schooling, health care
-benefit for each family member
21-08-2016 07:43 #4
- 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
21-08-2016 10:03 #5
Most important things for me would be:
- commute from work
- what sort of schools are available
- sense of community
- good coffee shop
21-08-2016 10:15 #6
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
21-08-2016 10:19 #7
First I would consider why I want to move and if whatever reason that is will be resolved by moving.
Availability of jobs/ reasonable commute
Cost of living
Access to health care
Distance from family members/friends who I want to still visit regularly.
21-08-2016 11:19 #8
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.
21-08-2016 11:48 #9Senior Member
- Join Date
- Feb 2012
- Sydney NSW
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.
21-08-2016 15:30 #10
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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