New house!

Once more unto the packing boxes, my friends…

You may remember from the occasional Sunday Salon that The Physicist and I were trying to become house-owners in 2013, and fundamentally failed to find something we wanted to buy, despite looking at about 20 different properties. One gorgeous and affordable flat – too isolated transport-wise. One acceptably large flat not too isolated – a bit ugly and not somewhere we wanted to bring our friends. One affordable and big enough flat – 15 minutes from any transport options at all.

So, after a very frustrating interview with a mortgage broker who wanted us to take on mortgages bigger than I could imagine, and in which the Physicist shot down his stupid statistics (house prices rising 8% a month? I don’t think so), we gave up on the dream of home-ownership for now and decided to a) move closer to the centre of town so that both of us have less than 45+ minute each-way commutes, and b) adopt a housemate in order to afford to live somewhere nice, as well as central.

Enter housemate in the form of The Rower, and The Dream House, featuring:

– huge kitchen including dishwasher and enormous stove-top

– a bathroom each (that’s 3 in the same house)

– built-in bookshelves galore

– less than 10 minute walk to two different transport links, as well as direct buses to Victoria and Paddington

– secure off-road parking and secure bike storage

– less than 100m from an international-standard cricket venue.

Oh yes, it’s The Dream House. That last is my favourite criterion. I’m thinking of implementing it for all future homes.

We, along with The Rower, moved in a few days ago and while it’s still packing boxes EVERYWHERE, my commute is already so much shorter than I skip along the road with glee.

Wish us luck, folks!


7 thoughts on “New house!

  1. Chinoiseries 8 January 2014 at 5:18 pm Reply

    Congratulations on finding and securing your Dream House! I can’t believe you all have your own bathroom. Wow. Sometimes thinking out of the bix really pays off 🙂

  2. The Book Accumulator 8 January 2014 at 5:39 pm Reply

    Every best wish !

  3. Jo 8 January 2014 at 6:19 pm Reply

    Excellent, all that extra time commuting – gone! Enjoy.

    • readingwithtea 9 January 2014 at 7:59 am Reply

      My mother has pointed out that it means I will lose a lot of reading time – and I have to confess that my book has not yet made it out of my handbag on the commute!

  4. winstonsdad 8 January 2014 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Sounds wonderful hope you settle in well

  5. Leeswammes 8 January 2014 at 6:40 pm Reply

    Yeah! Congratulations. How nice to have found the right house! I hope The Rower turns out nice.

  6. […] (the shorter commute is playing havoc on my reading!) but a good week at work and settling into the lovely new house. Work is not proving too beastly (yet?) – yes I’m working 45+ hours a week but […]

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