House hunting is actually quite enjoyable here. There’s an app for it, one creates filters for all the criteria and preferences, then looks up the properties on the map with pics and price and when the next inspection is taking place.
We’ve put together our own tour and it’s also a great way to get to know some of the many different neighbourhoods around Sydney.
Once we visit Manly, a lovely little beachside town north of Sydney, it’s a no brainer this is where we want to live. Although technically a part of Sydney, the famous saying hits the nail on the head: only 7 miles from the city, a million miles from care.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and we’re moving into our new place (see pink arrow in the picture above), a lovely lil’ apartment with a balcony all along the northside of the building (which, as it turns out is equivalent to having our having our balcony along the southside of the building in our London home – sun all day long 😉
Based in a quiet street, lined with blossoming hibiscus bushes and just around the corner from the beach. Now it’s all about measuring the space and our imagination to create a cozy home. It’s a bigger challenge than I imagined, to figure out to what to buy where – lotsa DIY and furniture stores around, luckily there’s an Ikea in Sydney too and that’s handy as we know exactly what to expect price-value wise 🙂 After visiting the huge blue-yellow Swede twice, we got our stuff together topping it up with a couple of pieces from “Fantastic Furniture” and then it’s all down to Dans passion about craftsmanship and attention to detail that our new place feels like Home Sweet Home in no time!
We’ve got super friendly neighbours, all our age and everybody’s from another country, loving it!
Bicycles make the deal complete, a short ride away is our new favourite shop (Harris Farm Market!) and just 5 mins down the road along the beach, I reach the wharf to take the ferry to work at Darling Harbour, check it out below. Loving this new life!