Location - When I was younger and single, I lived in a tiny apartment on a busy, dusty main road across the road from a noisy pub. It couldn't be more different from my current home but at that time it was perfect for me as it was close to the city's nightlife, trendy restaurants and cafes. The location you chose will affect the amount of noise you're subjected to on a daily basis, the size of your home (generally smaller closer you get to the city), proximity to leisure activities.
Sense of community - Our quiet neighbourhood and relaxed lifestyle really suits our current family life but a single, young professional may find it absolutely boring and may prefer a community filled with other young like-minded people. The key is choosing a community with similar values to you that fits with your personality and lifestyle. Lend Lease offers houses for sale in Sydney that is built around the concept of bringing like-minded people together to share a secure, enjoyable and fulfilling lifestyle, which I think is brilliant.
Opportunity to extend/rebuild - Ideally Stu and I would love a bigger house to accommodate our growing family but a 3-bedder was all we could afford. However, what made it work for us was the ability for us to extend the house, or even knock down and rebuild a bigger one later on.
Proximity to work/transport - I much rather spend time at home with my family rather than being stuck in peak hour traffic, so finding a place that offers an easy commute to work for both Stu and I was important to us. If you take public transport to work, then proximity to public transport is another factor to consider.
Have you found the perfect home yet? Do you have any tips of your own to share?
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