When Lakeside Living Beckons

Coombs is a long way from the glittering Gold Coast, and an even longer way from the cultural hub of central Europe, Hungary. Yet, it’s the place Tibor and Krisztina have specifically chosen to call home sweet home. They have just purchased a four bedroom townhouse in the Villa Nova complex in Canberra’s fastest growing suburb. Its stylish simplicity, scenic outlook, convenient location and affordability have made it a desirable option for these veteran property purchasers who have bought and sold countless times over the years, both here and abroad.

How long have you lived in Canberra?

We arrived in early 2015 for a work project for the Department of Community Services. Back then we chose to rent a unit in the city before eventually purchasing in Tuggeranong. We were within walking distance from the office, which made it so convenient and we stayed there for a year before selling. Although initially we didn’t want to stay in Canberra, after four years we started to like it. The infrastructure is great here, and we love having four very different seasons. Plus, the lifestyle is so calm, especially compared to other capital cities. Continue reading

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I couldn’t afford a home…then I saw a Mortgage Broker.

Here at Perspective, we don’t usually hand over the reins to a single author, but we felt Andrew’s first step to home ownership would be better off coming from the horse’s mouth. You see, with a bit of prodding, Andrew visited a mortgage broker last week. And this was his experience:


My name’s Andrew. I’m 25 years old, married to my high school sweetheart and finally finding my feet in the full-time workforce, having dabbled in numerous ventures both here and overseas since my early 20s.

I’ll be straight up with you…I’m not really a “money” guy. In fact, my money-managing is generally so poor that it’s not uncommon for me to stray dangerously close to an aneurysm when paying by card, so frequent are the “Declined – see bank issuer” messages. Continue reading

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When siblings unite! How two sisters stepped together into the market.

We’re serious romantics here at Perspective. Nothing gives us goosebumps as much as good ol’ Boy meets House. Or Girl meets House. In fact, anytime someone wants to tell us the story of their first home purchase, we cancel all meetings and settle ourselves in with popcorn (although the powers that be have not yet approved the much-asked-for popcorn machine).

This week we caught up with first home buyer, Gabby, who’s story came with its own little twist, and we felt we had to share it. This time, Sister and Sister meet house. Yep, while some people can’t wait for a little space from their siblings, these two have committed to the foreseeable future of clothes swapping, shared meal times and a shared mortgage.

Today they shared how they did it.

We received a hot tip that you and your sister are very young first-home buyers. Is that true?

Yes, I guess so. I’m 23 and my sister, Maddy is 21. We just bought a new townhouse together, off-the-plan. Continue reading

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Warehouse living in Canberra? What we’re looking forward to.

We’ll be honest, a New York-style warehouse apartment like the one above from MyHouseIdea is one of our dream properties. The fantasy goes something like this: Humphrey Bogart is leaning against the stone island bench with a martini chatting to Andy Warhol while Audrey Hepburn lounges on oversized blue velvet armchair (I know, sounds gross but check it out below). We are surveying our very stylish and in vogue company from the mezzanine, which we’ve turned into a mini-art studio.

Clearly there are lots of reasons this is a fantasy (not least the fact that we can’t paint). But owning our own converted warehouse in Canberra is not one. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about a spectacular warehouse opportunity coming soon. In the meantime, check out what makes this particular brand of living absolute perfection.

High ceilings

There’s one aspect of warehouse living that sets it apart from every other type of home, its lofty ceilings that create a sense of light and space. Leave this beautiful feature raw and striking, or highlight it through intricate ceiling moulds to create an old-world feel.


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  1. Interior for life
  2. Vintage Industrial Style

 

 

 

 

 

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Downsizing: Why, how and where to do it.

Here’s a true story—30 years ago we at Perspective knew a couple who exchanged their 2 storey, 5 bedroom home with its grand piano on an Adelaide lake for a tiny caravan. Not because of their desire to travel Australia (although they did plenty of that); not because of any intrinsic need to live a simpler, less materialistic lifestyle; not because of money reasons; but because they wanted to get their adult son to move out of their house. Seriously.

Signs it’s time to downsize.

There are a lot of reasons why people choose to downsize, and not are all that drastic. For some it’s a lifestyle choice—upkeep on a 4 bedroom house in the suburbs, with its trees that need pruning, leaf-filled rain gutters, and multiple bathrooms to clean, can be enough to spur someone into more compact, convenient living.

For others it’s the health factor. Stairs are getting hard to manage; working in the flower beds has become difficult and the idea of living in closer contact with others has its appeal. Many empty nesters downsize because they simply don’t need all those extra rooms.

But by far the biggest motivation to downsize is retirement, and the change in financial circumstances that go with it. Many seniors choose to downsize to unlock the equity in their home, using the funds to complement their superannuation and age pension.

Government support to downsize. Continue reading

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