Now we’ve put together a short list of what we want in a house. Our requirements are:
– 4 bedroom
– Double garage
– Alfresco area
– Pool, or room for one
– Quiet street
– Close to schools and parks/playgrounds
So we spent the weekend looking at houses. What a weekend! On Saturday morning, I loaded up the car with 2 kids, and hit the open homes. We had a very tight schedule, with only minutes to get from one house to another. We must have looked at 10 houses! Single storey, double storey, big blocks, small blocks, beautiful and downright ugly!
We went back in the afternoon to look at a couple that I liked, and dragged Michael along this time. He managed to get out of the open house circus during the morning because he took Lachlan to soccer. I would have rather been there, I can tell you.
By the end of the day, the kids were FERAL! I had a screaming headache, sore feet, and we were no closer to finding something that we liked. All the nice houses we looked at were either on small (read “postage stamp”) blocks, or they were so close to the neighbours that you would be able to look out the window and see them changing their minds. Or if they were on a nice quiet street, which is one of our criteria, then the houses were just not what we wanted.
On the way home, we thought we’d pop into Homeworld Kellyville, just to restore our faith that there are nice houses out there. As we wandered from home to home, our thoughts started turning towards the possibility of buying land and building, and we talked about how real the possibility was. It’s a definite option!
So a quick drive out to The Ponds to get an idea of land prices and sizes quickly brought us back down to earth. How small were the blocks?? A 350sqm block, are you kidding me? So that’s where the garage goes, where do you put the house?
Feeling a bit less enthusiastic now, we started driving home, and stumbled upon the Metricon display homes at The Ponds. What beautiful homes! Too bad they would be totally wasted on those small blocks of land though. When we voiced this to the salesman, he told us to go and have a look at Stonecutters Ridge. So we drove through there on our way home, and our whole direction changed.
This was the lifestyle we could see for ourselves. A beautiful estate, larger block sizes, quiet streets, and a real community feel. We loved it straight away!
Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, we all piled in the car again and headed back out to Metricon to talk further and see if we could really do this. And the end result was that yes, we think we can! We poured back through all the information and plans that we’d picked up from SCR, and chose the block that we like. We just have to wait now for the land that we like to be released for sale. How exciting!!!