Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ive Been Everywhere Man...


I've been everywhere man.....well not quite but it sure feels like it.

I'm a Sydney girl. I love Sydney, for all it's crazy traffic, stupid house rentals and prices and food! You can get any type of food you can think of in Sydney.

I have lived most of my life in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, Paddington to be precise. Paddington, or Paddo as residents like to call it, brings up mixed emotions for me. It is a beautiful suburb, with cafes, shops and the gorgeous Centennial park just up the road.

Actually everything is just up the road. You can walk to the city, or get a bus to Bondi Beach or Junction. I feel very fortunate to have grown up in Paddo. Being so close to pubs, where all the cool kids go when your in your 20's, is pretty spoilt. And I know a lot of people that would be very jealous of my old address. Mostly I don't get why. For all the wonder that is Paddington, the markets on saturday alone make me want to move back there, it is quite seedy and cramped, and loud.

There was a party on all the time. You could never sleep in Paddo. The houses are terrace style, you  live so close to your neighbours, you can hear them breathe. The party's are killer, they don't stop at midnight, they go on for days! I had so much damage done to my car while living there too :(

A few more moves inbetween, Hubs and I ended up in the ACT for a year. Thank goodness it wasn't longer than that. Canberra depressed the heck out of hubby and I. I don't know what it was. We found it so difficult to make friends there, people seemed to be in these little cliques, and they were soooo difficult to get into. This is also where I was first pregnant and lost the baby, so we also put our dislike of Canberra down to that.

We then moved to the beautiful Nelson Bay. Wow what a stunning part of NSW to live in. The only problem, it was a retirement place. there was not much to do, besides eat very good produce. Which we love, but no hospital, we had to drive to Newcastle about an hour or so, so i could have little G, and for all the appointment etc.

We loved it in the Bay, but ended up having to move again, this time back to Sydney, all for hubby's work.

I now live in the West. Now for a girl who live her whole life in the east, it was a bit of a shock. I thought it was going to be horrid, what was i thinking. I am loving it. Property's are soooo much bigger, food is cheaper. So far I am loving it to bits. I went grocery shopping and picked up some loose salad leaves and a cucumber, and the guy charged me 1 DOLLAR! YEP 1 DOLLAR!!!!!! 

It is still very confusing for me, whats with Bankstown Centro? My god the worst shopping centre ever. I can't seem to navigate around there!!! It is way too confusing, and many people are horribly rude. Then again, my sense of direction is very bad. I get lost ridiculously easily. To the point of having to plant the night before exactly where it is I'm going, so it doesn't induce a full blown panic attack and the day of navigating. Thank you GPS! where were you when I started driving!!!!!


But lately I have been feeling very disconnected from Sydney. I don't know if it is cause I'm STILL living with the IN-LAWS. Or the fact that, we just want our own house. Something with a little backyard, nice and simple little brick home to call ours. Living in a room with a 7 months old is crap. Sydney is increasingly expensive. It is getting to the point where Hubs and I are thinking about another move, possibly Victoria? We both love it there. We are just not sure if it is the right fit for us.

Will we miss our families too much?
Can Hubs get a decent job there?
What are the hospitals like? 
Schools?
Housing prices?
Everyday expenses?


So much to think about and more. I feel like im going to explode from all this thinking. I have been baking this morning like a mad woman, normally I find it soothing, doesn't seem to be working today. I think I need to take a breath have a cuppa tea and a slice of peanut butter banana bread.

Recipe for the banana bread to come soon! 

19 comments:

  1. $1!! That's nuts.

    And oh honey, I feel for you, I cannot imagine living with the inlaws WITH A BABY. I would never be able to relax, and having only one room as my personal space, I'd feel like I was a chicken in a chicken coop.

    When hubs and I moved out of my dads house after three years (we were living with my younger brother only, which was still a nightmare, think about a bunch of 18year old boys watching soccer til 4am making a ruckus and also being walked in on whilst in the shower by said boys - twice!) and into our own home it was as if we had been holding our breath the entire time and finally let it out.

    where we live now we are surrounded by parks, lots of shops only walking distance away, good schools and lovely neighbours (every easter and christmas they get us gifts and when valentine was born they all popped by with something for her).

    I say COME TO VICTORIA! Yes some suburbs are nicer than others, but I'm sure you'd find one you'd love, cheaper than Sydney for sure, especially now (market is down atm). There's plenty of great farmer's markets all over as well.

    Your family's will just be a short flight away and can always visit. And like most things, the move doesnt HAVE to be permanent, so if you miss your family too much you could move back.

    The hospitals are great, and there's plenty of them. There's an abundance of schools (private, catholic and public, alternative as well) and the local public one for us (Balwyn High) is actually such a fantastic school that people buy houses in the zone just to send their kids there.

    House price and everyday expenses do depend on the suburb you choose, sometimes suburbs right next to each other can vast in price difference (in the east Balwyn is expensive whilst the neighboring suburb of Doncaster is incredibly cheaper in terms of land value and cost of living).

    Cost wise the East and most suburbs close to the city are expensive, whilst some Western and Northern suburbs are more affordable. I say have a look on Domain at properties in your price range and see what suburbs they are in. If you want some advice I'm more than hapy to tell you about some suburbs (I've lived in the West, North, East and the Docklands).

    Goodluck with whatever you decide, but getting your own space will DEFINITELY bring you guys happiness, as much as we love our folks, we need our own space.

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    1. Thanks so much :D

      Your really making me want to go live in Melbs now :):):):)

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  2. Oh, and doncaster has a GREAT shoppign center - Westfield - LOVE IT

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  3. Ah yes... The old Melbs beckons over here too... I'm in Balmain and it's quite similar to Paddo.
    We are seriously considering a move ourselves. We are in the process of working out work stuff with my husband (to work for my father actually - I haven't told anyone that!) but it's a long process and lots of stuff to work out.
    I'm a Vicc'y/Melb girl and would love to be back there in an instant.
    It's a wonderful place, Great schools, brilliant hospitals, shopping and more.
    And it rains so much less than in Sydney. Grr....

    Sounds like you are really out in the West ATM. I'm not a fan of out that way at all (esp if you are near Bankstown)
    Although there are some nice bits, it's very very different to in east or inner west.

    And I will second CC11 and Doncaster shops! Woah! I hadn't been there for ages and went a few weeks ago with a friend... AMAZING! Loved it! I'd get lost on my own... But wouldn't take long to get it sorted!

    Now as for missing family. I miss mine every day. They are in Melb and I'm in Syd (Just gone 9 years) but it is only a short plane ride away after all.

    Good luck in your decision making. It's a big one! But could be a great one too!

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    1. Thanks Sam. You girls are really making me think this could be the way to go!

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  4. Paddington..such a nice suburb, those markets are awesome. I've grown up living in the inner west & love it- the cafes, people, markets. Aw some tough decisions, I wish you luck :) I'm sure you'll do what you feel is best xo

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    1. How awesome is the inner west. I would love to live in Newtown.

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  5. I didn't know you were a Paddo girl! Yes it is noisy here. I'm in Kensington which is in no way as busy as Paddo but moving from Mosman to Kensington was quite different-neighbours are noisy here and have lots of parties! I can imagine how much you're looking forward to having your own place especially with little G.

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    1. I used to live in Kenso, when I was a little girl!!!!! Loved it there back then, super family friendly :D

      Partying neighbours are the devil!

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  6. I'm so sorry we didn't know each other back when you lived in Canberra! I think it can be a hard city to make new friends in once the uni period has passed; I've lived here my whole life so it's the opposite problem, everyone is linked to everyone in some way sometimes! :P Fingers crossed you find the place that fits like a glove soon, but truly, the most important thing is being close to the people you love xo

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    1. I know me too Hannah!!! I wish I had known you back then :)

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  7. Oh Leah, I'm so sorry for being so delayed in reading this! I cannot imagine how you must feel. I know very veer veer little of Sydney. Like zip! I say yay to victoria! CC11 makes some great points. But honestly I could never really imagine being so far from my parents...so that's a really tough call. You'll get there, to your happy place, I do not doubt that, I just hope it happens sooner rather than later for you. What is your gut telling you? I so believe in trusting your gut.
    Heidi xo

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    1. That's the problem Heidi, Both hubby and I would love to go to Melbs, but I would miss my folks :( if I could take them with me I would move happily. We both love it there. So who knows what the future holds for us....

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    2. hmmm maybe your parents will move too? You'll figure it out. Maybe the distance will be worth it if every day you're happier in yourself and your life. & they'll visit all the time, I'm sure!
      Heidi xo

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    3. possibly...I just want something to happen soon, cause im going a little nuts where I am now :/

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  8. Noooo!!! Stay! Everyone is moving to Melb!! I am in Sydney and I just took a trip to Melbourne. I have family in both, but the main family members are here in Sydney. I am out sorta near your area, and really, it is not that bad. I just moved from Marrickville which I LOVED but could not afford a house there, so we ended up in this suburb. I would rather be in bankstown than blacktown! AM I RIGHT? it isn't that far to the inner-west, just hop on Canterbury road all the way. Chin up. If you need a friend in Sydney south west, I am here lol.
    P.S: I too just finished up a stint with the in-laws that lived in AUSTRAL!!!! Get out google maps and look that one up!! YUCK. I can sympathise.

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    1. WOW AUSTRAL!!!! Thats far :( Sorry to hear your living with your In Laws also, it is not fun at all :(:(:(:(:(
      Thank God for the M5 right????

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  9. Noooo!!! Stay! Everyone is moving to Melb!! I am in Sydney and I just took a trip to Melbourne. I have family in both, but the main family members are here in Sydney. I am out sorta near your area, and really, it is not that bad. I just moved from Marrickville which I LOVED but could not afford a house there, so we ended up in this suburb. I would rather be in Bankstown than Blacktown! AM I RIGHT? it isn't that far to the inner-west, just hop on Canterbury road all the way. Chin up. If you need a friend in Sydney south west, I am here lol.
    P.S: I too just finished up a stint with the in-laws that lived in AUSTRAL!!!! Get out google maps and look that one up!! YUCK. I can sympathise.

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