Thursday, June 23, 2011

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It's something that most Australians go through at some point in their lives and it's hitting us now.

Two of my best friends purchased new homes last weekend. Houses, you know, with no common walls, no strata headaches and a backyard.

The Curious household lives in a comfortable 3-bedroom apartment and there is no urgent need to move. But the house on a quarter-acre block is making its siren call. Owning a piece of land and having a house to call your own feel like a rite of passage.

Now that TLG is getting older and more active, the limitation of an apartment is starting to show. We have to make a concerted effort to take him somewhere so he can have a bit of a run around outdoors. I know he will love a backyard with his own cubby house. I can just picture the fun he'll have.

By living in an apartment, part of me feels that I'm letting him down.

But I know in truth TLG doesn't know any difference and he loves his home because he is with his mummy and daddy

I grew up in a 30sqm, 2-bedroom apartment with my mum, dad, older sister and uncle until I was six. Mr dad ran his small business at home and he had machinery in one of the rooms which made it out of bounds. I do not recall anything about those years but having fun with my family.

I know this is pressure that Mr C and I place on ourselves. But as parents it is only natural that we want to give our child "the best". Even if it means a hefty mortgage and cutbacks in other parts of our lives (goodbye new clothes and shoes?).

Is it worth it? I don't know at this point. We're going to start househunting this weekend. Maybe we will find our dream home. Maybe finding out how much we need to borrow will scare us off.

Let's see what the future holds.


  1. I know what you mean, come out west and you can probably afford to have it all ;)

  2. I don't have any kids yet, but I often do think about the great 'Australian Dream' and how I'll ever be able to afford a big house with a big back yard in the suburb I want to live in ... to be honest I probably won't be able to!

    I, like you, grew up in an apartment and don't ever think I missed out. Home is where your family are, and you and Mr Curious seem like such great parents, I'm sure it won't matter at all in the end.

    But, good luck with the house hunting this weekend!

  3. Jade, what we save in money we'll pay in time. Mr C and I both work in the city so a move out West will mean a long commute and we won't be able to spend as much time with TLG.

    Running in Lulu, thanks for your lovely comment :-D

  4. AK and I are looking at apartments rather than houses now so it's funny you're doing the opposite. We just think it's right for us while we don't have kids for a long list of reasons (even though I was 100% certain I was going to get a cute place out where we live now and have a dog etc). I hope the search goes well!

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