Today was the first step in a long but exciting process. We met with our new homes consultant and had a walk through of our future home. We are going to be building with Boutique homes – The Riviera 29 (quite fitting given our recent adventures to the French Riviera mere months ago).
We currently own a home in Reservoir, Victoria. We had loved living here fore the past 3 years, but have now outgrown the house and the area is a bit of a hit/miss. We have spent the last year or so monitoring the market, with the view to sell and buy something a few km’s across to the east (Watsonia, Greensborough, Bundoora). This however become a frustrating and ultimately failed thought, with house prices continuing to climb and not being able to find anything that ticked all our boxes.
So, we decided we were going to build. Next decision was where? My family live in Ballarat and whilst i desperately miss living near them, it was too hard to quit our jobs and move closer to be with them, that and the fact i have the most stubborn and habitual husband in the world. IT was just never going to happen. I crave simpler living. I crave fresh air and quietness.
We started looking at Rockbank, Werribee, Doreen as potentials to build. The first two are further from work for both Craig and i, but would be closer to my family, it was a happy medium. But the more we talked to our families and friends, there was such negativity with building out west. So we scrapped that idea.
Doreen has always been on our radar. Craig’s sister and her family live out there and its beautiful, but it is a long way out from the city. For years, everytime we drove out there to visit, we would complain the entire way, the traffic, the distance. But on arrival, it was always peaceful, community feel and quiet. A whole world away but only a 30 min drive. (An hour in peak hour traffic).
We went for a drive each weekend to check out the potential and came across a boutique little land development that was brand new, within an existing estate. It wasn’t as far out as family were settled and faced the Plenty Gorge National Park.
Again, we ummdd and ahhhed about the potential to live out there.
We were sick and tired of not being able to agree on a place to live, a place that would ultimately become our family home, and then just like that we said lets just do it! The traffic would probably drive us a bit nuts, but the prospect of being able to maintain our current jobs, the fresh air and community feel got us over the line. The pros outnumbered the one big con.
It was like a weight had been lifted from our shoulders. It was now exciting to talk about our future home. We had come through the most indecisive and frustrating part and could get on with it.
Time to talk about our house! Boutique! Very excited! We originally liked the 33sq, but given we do not have any children (yet!) there was no point in building such a big house for two people. The 29sq will well and truly cover everything we need and lets face it, anything is bigger than the current 17sq we have.
We met with David at the Harpley Display (Werribee), who was fantastic! He spent 90 mins taking us throughout the house and pointing out what was included and what was upgraded. We had a pretty good idea beforehand, as we had asked for the list of inclusions (a total of $180,000)! All in all we added about $56,000 of extras (so far) until we have our colours/electrical appointment – but even then we shouldn’t need to spend more than $10,000 here.
And thats where we are at, at the moment! We are waiting patiently (impatiently) for the land we are keen on to be released. But that will happen soon and we will be on our way.
In the meantime, it’s time to put our house on the market. Anybody want to buy a lovely 3 bedroom home in Reservoir??