My house review

Today I’m moving house, so in light of this momentous occasion, I thought it time to shine a light on all the things I loved in my ‘old’ place.

When you select your home, you do so based on lots of factors.  Obvious things like number of rooms, location, proximity to amenities, and mostly: the price!  Then there are things that as you start to live in a place you realise you’re lucky to have. First, let me share with you my list of things I was looking for when I was looking to buy:

  1. Close to public transport, as I don’t own my own car
  2. Linen closet
  3. Pantry
  4. Bathroom with a window (compromised on this!)
  5. No lift (keeps the fees down, also compromised)
  6. Character – such as a loft, or oversized windows, timber or polished concrete floors etc
  7. Close to amenities, like a grocery store

But here’s all the things that I love, and hadn’t even considered!

  1. The double height bedroom railing makes drying sheets easy, so I don’t need a clothes dryer!
  2. The hallway orientation allows me a landing station, and a great place to store all my outwear and accessories
  3. Over sized kitchen drawers mean I can store more than the usual drawer
  4. My carspace have two walls and a pillar keeps cars safe (even if it took a while to master parking in it).  It also makes storing things in the spot easier
  5. I live walking distance to my grocery store, the GP, 3-4 friends, butcher, beautican, baker, green grocer AND an Op shop (thrift store).  I can also walk to church
  6. The bus from the city stops RIGHT outside my door – so shopping til I drop is possible (why is the city so exhausting?)  And the train is only 3 blocks.
  7. My bathroom makes it possible to use a tension bar, solving how to air out running clothes, hang things to be ironed etc

I’m sure once I settle into my new home, I’ll realise more things I miss about this charmer, but for now, these are the things I know, love and will miss!

14 thoughts on “My house review

  1. Your place is really cute, I love the loft area, which always appeared so airy in your photos. For me it was accessibility as I knew I was getting weaker, close to amenities, size (wanting small was hard to find) and of course price. What I found has a lake view, and a huge back field which allowed me to garden again. There are always things we find we love once we move in we hadn’t thought about before.

  2. Wow! I hope you find a lot of great things to love about your new place….If not, it’s only a rental…and you can create you list of must haves as you move along….always a bright side.

    • You’re right – every house you live in teaches you what you love and hate. I always wonder how people can build houses, when they are young, unless they’ve lived lots of places to know what’s good and bad!

  3. I think walkability and transit are really important. I also go for nearby green space but I don’t “need” a water view, although some people really do! Inside, I am all for cupboards, drawers and closets. My house has many small rooms rather than fewer large ones. On the compromise list – it can’t claim much character!

    • Yeah I overlook a nice view pretty quickly too, but I know people who love it! I’ve gone from a view of a playing field to my neighbours – it’s kinda interesting (for now!). I did get sold on my place cause of the HUGE green cupboard, that was just a godsend!

  4. Walking distance to so many facilities and bus at the door would be absolute top of the list for me (and of course…these are the two main things we *don’t* have in our house!) We do have lots of storage, car space, cupboards etc. though plus the over-riding factor for us…”affordability”! Hope you are settling in well ~ how exciting!

    • Houses make those first two features much harder, as houses are further apart than units/apartments. And, it’s true, at the end of the day, cost can be the deciding factor, and anything else gets compromised.

      Settling slowly – finding the quirks of the place 🙂

  5. The big things for us were cost and location. We also wanted at least 2 bedrooms, and my husband was set on a garage (which I didn’t care about, but now I think I’m spoiled because a garage is so nice on those rainy/snowy/blustery days). The compromises – I prefer wood or tile flooring and this house has wood/tile downstairs, carpet upstairs; and the yard is a little smaller than what we hoped for. Nothing major 🙂

    • Thanks for commenting Amanda! I do love parking off the street, particularly on rainy days! Something both places have – though the new house is for the BF’s car (rather than mine :(). Tile flooring can be a little cold, but it is easy to keep clean, that’s for sure. Carpet can get so dirty, but it’s nice underfoot. Small yard does mean less work, right?

    • I am close to a shopping centre, so yes (but no – cause it’s not as personal etc). As far as GP, I’ll stick with the lady I have, it’ll only be a 10 min walk. Beautician, same thing. But $4.50 for a block of butter is obscene at our new local store – even IGA is pricier than Coles and Woolworths, but not that bad!!! I shall be stockpiling and freezing butter, as I use a bit in baking.


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