So it is almost one month till we head to Mexico as hubby likes to say. This week hubby secured his job for 2015 in Melbourne and our flight and accommodation has been booked for the next reconnaisance trip down. Since everyone knows we are moving, naturally everyone asks how the process is going. The answer – it depends on the day you ask me. We’ve had nerves, then excitement, then stress, then relief, then excitement and nerves again. We’ve been riding the relocation rollercoaster.
I think one of the trickiest and yet important decisions to make is where to live and this is the stage we are at now.
Sometimes I think I can overthink things. Actually hubby hints that I do, but with moving all the elements are intertwined. Want to see a school you are considering? Then you need a signed 12 month lease. Want to choose a suburb but you are interested in what the school is like first. Looking for work but needing to have babysitting organised first. Can’t get your son onto the wating list till you show a signed lease.
Just writing the process down is frustrating but I know in time it will be just another funny story to add to the adventures. Right now it is less adventure and more frustration.
Having a look around
So we drove down with the kids and we looked around. We had already decided that we wanted the inner city of Melbourne to provide us and the kids a contrasting experience with where we lived now. We loved the Inner City here in Sydney, having lived there pre-kids and we looked forward to being close to the culture and activities in Melbourne.
With kids tagging along we visited the Inner North and I wasn’t feeling the love like we anticipated. Having kids seems to have diminished the inner hipster and I just wasn’t feeling it was the perfect place for our little family.
Friends and family
Relocating near friends and family sounds like a great option but we are both family free and friendless. Leave me a comment below if you are looking for some lovely new friends and happy to adopt us. In a way this is freeing to choose an area that totally suits us but it means that personal recommendations have been a little thin on the ground. Big thanks to my Facebook friends who have been chipping in their 2 cents worth and helping out.
Close to work
Everyone loves a short commute don’t they. Well hubby won’t be getting one. His job is in the suburbs but we will be relocating close to his place of study which makes 1 day easier per week.
We have had to try to chat to locals to get the inside information on traffic flows to work out how time consuming driving out of the city from various suburbs would be.
So we kept searching and talking to locals and searching some more. People who knew us and had lived in Melbourne started refining their suggestions until someone suggested we check out a small inner North Suburb which hadn’t been on our list. We went for a drive and I fell in love with the tiny suburb and almost village like feel.
I loved that I could see a whole lot of other families around. The streets were tree lined and were close to large parks, winding bike tracks and a river which leads right into the city.
The main street had a good local and a fabulous cafe for brekkies which is essential. It had some fab kids shops, a great butcher and all the small family conveniences like a Bakers Delight Store and a Charcoal Chicken for an easy dinner on the way home from work.
The rentals are thinner on the ground here considering that we want 3 bedrooms to accommodate all the friends and family we hope will visit us so we need to keep both our arms and legs crossed that the perfect place pops up just for us.
Here are some pics of what may be our new suburb south of the border.