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    Default My ideal home, for my dog(s)

    I want to sell my house (brand new but tiny yard, in a new high density development) and buy an older house in an established suburb.

    My first priority is a bigger yard. For my daughter and so we can have room for a trampoline, veggie patches, fruit trees (and climbing trees) and chooks, but also for the dogs of course. I might consider adopting a second dog if we have a larger yard.

    But second on my priorities list is having a good dog walking area nearby. Dog walking is the first thing I do every single day of my life. And if I didn't have to drive to a decent off leash area, I'd more often take the dogs for a second walk too.

    And I found the perfect spot. It's fairly far from the city center and therefore still affordable. And there's a permanent creek, surrounded by greenery, that goes for kilometres and the whole area is off leash! I went there today to motivate myself and it's just fabulous. Part of it is park like, with lots of grass and dotted with gumtrees and some deciduous ones. Then there's a nature reserve (the only one I know of where dogs are allowed off lead, I checked the sign 3 times) which is more bush like and has walkways along the edge of a gorge. It's just beautiful. No roads nearby, everyone I passed said hello back, and there's a path on both sides, so I could take my kick scooter.

    I did get confused when I got to a pond, on the 'park' side and while I was waiting for Banjo to finish her swim, I finally noticed a sign that had a 'no dogs allowed' sign with an arrow in the direction we were heading in and a dogs on leash sign pointing in the other direction, but not clear exactly where it was pointing to. And when I went closer to the sign, I noticed in small letters 'no dogs in water'! I'll just turn back a bit earlier next time. At least there is always the creek to swim in.

    Anywho. I don't care if I have to buy a total wreck of a house, this is where I will live one day!

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    Go for it! We live in such an area and it's the main reason why we still haven't moved closer to the city despite our plans (for over a year now) to do so. We have two reserves in walking distance, one has a dam and the other one a permanent creek and a lake - it's great to take the dogs for a swim in the summer when it's too hot for any other excercise. We have shady gum trees, hills and open grassy areas for ball games. To me it's the difference between dogwalking being a chore and fun

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    Well I just bought a house on the Central Coast in NSW because there was just no way I could afford a decent house in Sydney. Apartments were out of the question firstly because I don't think they're great value but also because although Sammy doesn't seem to really use a backyard, I wanted him to have one. He now has 750m2 and he seems to love it. He runs around his backyard and patrols his whole territory which is huge compared to the terraces and apartments he's spent most of his life in so far. The commute is long, but just about everywhere in Sydney has a decent commute and at least this way, we live in one of the best parts of the Central Coast, close to everything up here and with lovely views and on a huge block so we're all pretty happy now

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    I used to live in Melba in a former housing commission house - which had a giant garage attached to the side of it, still a big back yard. Fences needed fixing but kept the cattle dog in, and right near the bike track that runs from Kaleen to Charnwood. There's heaps of places with big blocks and the whole area is undervalued - especially the ex housing commission places.

    Charnwood is still for the brave or bold bogan - as best I can tell.

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    You know it when you see it or you develop it.
    After so very many years, moves, the last 23 have been settled. I knew nothing much re dogs. I made mistakes which haunt me but I learned and today I have what I really want for me, my family and my animals. A working cohesive unit that suits us, them and our lifestyle. Still always a work in progress though but now just small stuff. If you go a mix of heart and gut feel plus a bit of brain you will not go wrong in what is right for you.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I used to live in Melba in a former housing commission house - which had a giant garage attached to the side of it, still a big back yard. Fences needed fixing but kept the cattle dog in, and right near the bike track that runs from Kaleen to Charnwood. There's heaps of places with big blocks and the whole area is undervalued - especially the ex housing commission places.

    Charnwood is still for the brave or bold bogan - as best I can tell.
    I may have to go Charnwood, because my budget is limited (mine is a small 2-bedroom house on the edge of town - its only real value is in its age) and if falling house prices (public service cuts) affect me. I know people who lived there and said it's fine. This is Canberra after all. Even the bogans are relatively well educated and well off! lol! But I would only want to live on the West side of the suburb, which would still be walking distance to the creek.

    It's going to be a risky move, but I feel I have to do it and better sooner than later, now my current house still has that new car smell. I will have to sell before I commit to buy. And there are certain things, especially regarding the location, that I am not willing to compromise on. So we will have to live in temporary accommodation for a while. I'll just work out the details as I go, because if I think about it too much now, I'll get too scared to do it, I reckon!

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    hmm, falling house prices - disadvantage the seller but advantage the buyer. Pity you didn't sell before the election.

    Prices in Charnwood look high to me. I guess that's why people are commuting from Yass and Gundaroo... Yikes.

    I reckon if Tony starts chopping the public service - prices will flatten out and bargains will be had (foreclosures and divorces) for the next six months or so - but will probably get back to normal within 12 months.

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    $360k is quite cheap for a house here. That's about what you pay for "a renovator's dream". House prices shouldn't matter too much if you sell and buy at the same time.

    I was just throwing the ball for the dogs in our backyard, which is the size of an average lounge room, and my dog looked at me with a "why bother?" look. I'll be so happy when I can use the ball thrower in my own backyard.

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    Yes lounge room tricks don't involve chasing the fetch. Sigh.

    More like can you balance a treat or toy on your head without it falling off?

    Or sit/stand/drop/sit/pretty/stand/spin/twist/drop (dizzy yet?)....

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