Places

All the places in the world!

Thoughts and wishes for our dream home on the Otway Coast.

Essential features:

  • cathedral ceilings over open-plan dining and lounge area
  • loft bedroom with inside balcony to open-plan area
  • small “inset office” reached via gantry walkway
  • home automation

There's plenty of ideas still on the Melbourne page.

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A cute little B&B in the country somewhere, with facilities for perhaps 5 rooms (maximum). Possibly little detached cottages (like in SA), or converted house-stables, or… Integrate with the local community! If there's a sweet-shop, put a bag of their sweets in the “welcome basket”… Services bike hire (with helmets) picnic hampers washing “taxi” to local attractions, booking champagne bucket on arrival (with strawberries) Facilities “Free” with room booking:
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When we arrived in Sydney, we had no idea where we wanted to live. We looked in Balmain (seemed nice), but eventually found a place in Annandale that ticked all the boxes: Yesterday I met Kate, one of the owners, and signed a 12-month lease on 301 Nelson Street, Annandale. It's expensive, but not that much more than we're currently paying in Belconnen, and we get all the benefits of living close to the city -- it's a 20-minute bike ride!
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Would you ever live on Mars, if you had the opportunity (pun intended)? I absolutely would, provided it had been proven “safe enough” — that is, I wouldn't want to be one of the first. But imagine it! Terraforming a brand new world! Becoming a extraterrestrial civilisation! My fear is that I won't get the choice, but on the off-chance that I ever achieve immortality, I'd certainly look to moving off-world in a century or two.
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We lived for a relatively short time at the base of the Dandenongs in the outskirts of Melbourne. We actually bought a house1 there, before moving up to Canberra, then Inner-west Sydney. We wanted the house to be our ancestral home, a place to grow a family and get old and all that. It wasn't to be. Whilst we eventually sold the place (for a loss!), it gave us some ideas about our dream home and also practise at renovation – even if I now feel like it was basically Dee who did all the work.
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The Otway Coast comprises a popular beach and national park section of the Great Ocean Road on the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Lorne and Apollo Bay. The townships on the Otway Coast are: Separation Creek, Wye River, Kennett River, Wongara and Sugarloaf. This coast seems to have two essential features that we love: mountains and ocean. Our plan is for Dee to run an eco farm-stay somewhere along the Great Ocean Road, while I figure out what to do with Hack Street.
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“We've always wanted to live in the south of France,” we exclaim, whether it's actually true or not. Certainly we loved our short visits to Paris, and sur le papier owning (running?) a manor-house in the French countryside sounds lovely – but would it really be as idyllic as l'idée? We have some contacts – our landlords from inner-west Sydney – who seem to have made the transition, but we're not quite friends with them, exactly.
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Where to next? New Zealand (on the LOTR roadtrip) Sweden -- that place seems interesting France Paris (again!) South of France Canada - Ride The Rockies with Tezza Nepal / Tibet There is a big bus/truck that crosses the Himalayas Dee doesn't want to go! France wine country working holiday? Go visit the London office? Live in Paris? Maldives honeymoon?
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