Where would you live?

Every time Stu and I go away somewhere, we always inevitably end up coming home with grand plans of moving to a new dream location. Recently, since we've just been to the farm, we've been dreaming of living in the countryside, raising chooks and maybe even some pigs, cattle and sheep, growing our own vegetables and being self-sufficient.
Me, at the farmhouse
While some of these plans were idyllic and perfectly realistic (a sea change when we're old and grey, for example), others were just plain ridiculous (ie. a ski lodge in the snowy mountains even though we absolutely hate the cold and don't do winter sports). The people at BOQ who are home loan experts, have asked that I share a few places I would absolutely love to live in and they are:
Beach house, Tasmania ( wouldn't mind living there)
Beach living- every year Stu and I like to go on a beach side getaway just so we can lie on the sand, take dips in the sea and wake up to views of the ocean. How nice would it be be have easy access to the ocean every day of the week! I probably wouldn't suffer from wanderlust as much as I do now.

City living - The city of Sydney is noisy, crowded, full of suits, crazies and just a little bit obnoxious, but it is also vibrant, colourful and so very very exciting. Though city living no longer suits my current life so much, I do still miss the convenience of just walking down the road to get a fantastic cup of coffee, and also being close to the art galleries and all the designer boutiques.
A farm we visited at Barrington Tops
Country living - I remember clear as day the first time Stu and I stayed at an old dairy farm at the Hunter Valley. We both left the region dreaming of owning a piece of land one day, being a farmer of sorts or owning a cute little Bed and Breakfast or maybe planting an olive grove. Even the very sensible and practical Stu admitted that weekend had inspired him to one day own a vineyard and produce the best wine this land has to offer. One for the bucket list perhaps?

Suburbia - I have to admit when we first moved to the burbs, I didn't like it. It was too quiet, too green, too boring (mind you, I was still young and restless then). Now though, I must say we made the right choice as it really suits our quiet family life. I love that we have a big backyard for Alex and Frankie to run amok in, great schools for when the boy is older and there's a real sense of community that I never experienced in the city. Better yet, Stu's parents live just five minutes away!

If you could live anywhere you like, where would you live, and why? I would love to know!

27 Responses to Where would you live?

kidgranny said...

I currently live in the suburbs but work in the city of Los Angeles. Both has its positives and negatives, as you mentioned. My absolute dream location to live would be in a quaint and quiet sea side town with only mom & pop shops and boutiques, within walking distance to the beach!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

As someone who's lived in NYC all her life, I honestly couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

My Garden Diaries said...

Your photos are just beautiful! You look like you fit right in at that farm! We go back and forth about what we might do...we live in a neighborhood but found an old farm house off the beaten path on a big piece of land and oh my....it is so tempting!!! Such a fun post!! Wishing you a wonderful week friend! Nicole xoxo

Jane said...

i'm in the burbs now and it has it's pros and cons. but i do wish and dream of living in the country on a farm. just like you said.. would be great and reaping a day's of hard work would feel so fulfilling.. although i'm sure the hard work is really hard work.

Anouk said...

When I was younger I wanted to live in a big city and I did move to London. But now I am happy to be living in the countryside. I think it's just much better for my well-being.

Diva In Me said...

I guess sometimes we would never know till things happen or later in life. Like you, you've never thought suburbs are for you till now. When I was studying in Australia many years ago, I hate the suburbs because it was really quiet. Recently I re-visted Australia again and went back to where I use to stay, I actually love how quiet and peaceful it is. Sometimes when life gets too "noisy and crowded" it feels good to have a breather.
Talking about a place I would love to live in, I actuallt get a taste of living in it now. Although it's just temporarily, I love it. I love Paris and it's actually nice to live in it for just a short while =)

jo said...

I'm totally a city girl. I love Vancouver and I don't think I will ever live anywhere else. The other two cities I love are Chicago and Hong Kong.

xo Jo

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Hi! I am LiLi! said...

I live in the suburbs, and I like it. If I have a choice, I'd like to live back in the island where I grew up.

ez vina said...

wow, I wish I'm able to dream big like you.

Sharlynn Ng said...

I do love how you guys are able to discuss those options all without either of you being a die hard for one area! I really could imagine having a beach house, mountain cabin and a farm! I love all these areas, as well as being in the city! My boyfriend personally doesn't mind as long as he can get an internet connection!

Rose said...

I will go for suburbia!!! Love the peaceful lifestyles more.

Monica G. M said...

That Tasmanian isolated house is my idyll, except somewhere warmer... and closer to Europe lol

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Ananka said...

I'm quite happy where I am just now. A little town right in the middle of a forest. Our house is really small and would love a bigger house but it's ours and that's what is important to me. It's a small detached bungalow with a little garden and it is really private too :-) Needs a lot of work - but we'll get there!! (Or so I keep saying lol)

I do like the surroundings and wildlife and we have good motorway links to all over Scotland, so that's handy too!

So at this point in my life (and hubby's) we are really happy here just now :-)

Azura Chan said...

I love the idea of living in the countryside. I love green scenery. I prefer staying at quiet place. Far from the busy town. I hope your dreams will come true. ��

Tina Bradley said...

Oh, Trishie! I can SO relate to this fab post! Every time we travel, we dream of living somewhere new. This past summer, we visited Vermont and have talked endlessly about someday moving there. Lovely pics and dreams! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Kelsea Echo said...

Hmmm, I'm not really sure. Tal and I are in the suburbs right now and I think it's working for us. I've always thought I was going to do more city living before setting into the suburbs, though! :) I think I'd just like somewhere sunny and probably not the countryside due to my horrible allergies.

aki! said...

I go through this exact conversation! I think I've lived in the suburbs and in a small city... and would like to try a bigger one!

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PDXBEAUTIFUL said...

I would live in Austin, or in the outlining area in a farmhouse :)

Poppy said...

Although I love the views, the close proximity in any direction to the sea, and my home, ideally, I dream of living in a tiny, charming cottage, in a picturesque, small town in southern Ontario, working at a 1940s inspired coffee shop, where I have amazingly entertaining days chatting up storms with the locals, and tending to my English rose garden in the evenings. My daughter and extended family would all live close by, and my days would be filled with the sunshine that comes from being surrounded by loved ones.

Lovely post, thanks for sharing.

Poppy

RaeAbigael said...

beautiful photos. <3 i'd like to either live near the forest or near the ocean. :)

xoxo, rae
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Julia Piiep said...

Your photos are just perfection! I live in Germany but I would like to move in a big country/city. I think it's really great to live in America/New York or Dubai.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I would love to live by a big city and near a beach. I wouldn't mind the country as long as it wasn't too far from a big city :)

Shirley Tay said...

Having travelled to so many countries during my days as a cabin crew & also being a frequent flyer, I used to name Singapore as my top of the list but not anymore.

Sadly, I can no longer feel at home with the influx of foreigners & SG is no longer a clean & orderly city.

As age is catching up, I would love living in a more serene & quiet place like NZ maybe......

Sharon D said...

I would love to live at a farm resort run by me and my bestest friends ..lol

Beauty Box said...

I know what you mean about urban life not really suiting your lifestyle needs at the moment. The hubs and I contemplated moving to Bellingen as an alternative lifestyle option. Live in rural surrounds but work on our business. Though broadband in the boonies is very patchy haha!! But it's a beautiful part of the world and so affordable compared to city prices. And kids need space and nature to explore...Our family thought it was a ridiculous notion, particularly since we live in one of the most urban cities in the world - Tokyo! But perhaps that's why we are so attracted to the complete opposite. ;)

rooth said...

I totally want a ski chalet in the mountains. And then a ranch as well. Might as well throw in the beach house while we're at it

burntfeather said...

I definitely also have that problem after a holiday, first it was north queensland, than Japan (well always Japan!) and most recently Tassie :P It's nice to dream and it's nice to know you can also have a happy life almost anywhere :)