April 9, 2010
Next step: find somewhere to build aforementioned dream home.
The search had us scouring the internet, estate agent windows, driving aimlessly through neighborhoods on the off chance we might spot a vacant block, for sale or not. Energy input to the search was directly proportionate to frustration. If we could afford a block, the site costs would have made up another 50% of the purchase price, or the council had such strict building codes that Marina wouldn't have been allowed. The search seemed to go on for months. All weekend, weeknights on the way home from work, on the internet until all hours. In reality it was only a few weeks with the location comfort zone stretching wider by the day. Our PD salesperson was incredibly helpful and suggested a few blocks in Botanic Ridge. Where? Oh, Cranbourne South. Well, thanks, but thats a very long way away for us, so we'll just keep on looking.
In desperation we actually went to see these blocks (read - tricked the other half into meeting me down there)and wow. It might be a long way away, but these new estates really are beautifully well done. And as much as we like living where we do, it's actually pretty nice out here. Everything is new. The gardens are well landscaped. The houses are in harmony and it kind of looks like the Delfin ads on TV where everyone is out walking their dog or playing with their kids.
So we're softening on the whole Cranbourne thing. And along comes a brand new release of land at The Avenue at Casey. Large(ish) block by new estate standards, Flat and easy to build on. Definitely in budget. Shops very near by. Public transport, tertiary schools, open space - SOLD.
Now we have to wait for our paddock to title....