Monday, December 6, 2010

~ A Bit of ME for Sale ~




Yes, it's true. I have had a few emails about this so I have decided to tell the world. Our house is on the market. Our little sea change is up for sale. Why why why. That's what everyone has been asking me. Well it's all about my daughter. She starts "big" school next year. The school we have chosen for her is a little too far away from us, so if we sell, we thought about moving closer to the school. We will see what happens. If we don't sell we will stay and I will do the drive.
I would be interested to hear from other mothers out there who do long commutes to and from school every day. How do you cope?
anyone interested in finding out more about our house please contact Ben Cannon from Ray White on 0413 596 496

57 comments:

  1. Nooooooo!!!!! How can you leave that gorgeous home, I would never move LOL!!!

    School issues are big ones though, I do understand.....we can walk to school so we're lucky. It must be a good school if you are willing to move!!

    Good luck!! xx

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  2. Oh god, should I ever win the lottery, I would so buy your house.

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  3. OMG
    The photography is fantastic.
    Your home is gorgeous.
    Something tells me you'll have no problems selling!

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  4. Your place looks amazing. I love it. I would be all over this place...if I wasn't so far away!!!

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  5. I'm a little shocked as I know how much work you have done on this gorgeous house. But of course, you will be able to do it all over again. I am so with you on long commutes though - something I would never do and such a waste of valuable time (in my opinion). Good luck with it all. x

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  6. Wow, Im in shock...but I understand, your lives change once they enter school.
    Good luck selling, and Im sure what ever you buy, you will make it just as beautiful!

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  7. Simone,
    Its like anything else in life, u just do... Believe me, u will adjust and so will everyone else, its all in the attitude u take... I juggled 3 kids, 2 were on a different school system..

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  8. ahhhh, beautiful home and such serene location. I've always been glad we were close to our children's schools (yes, less driving) but also it allowed our children to socialize outside of school and take part of extra activities with their school chums. Best of luck.

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  9. Well I think it depends on how far we are talking about? Also everyone is different so it also depends on what you have to get done when you get home of an evening. For 7 years I have done a commute from the Northside to the Southside for school. When we lived out on acreage it took me 2.5 hours in the morning (due to peak hour) and about 1.5 in the afternoon.

    Now we live closer in, it is a lot easier. But just about to purchase a house back out further again.

    If you love where you live, and you do not want to part with it, the drive is insignificant.

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  10. Your home is so gorgeous - I can't even imagine giving it up! :)

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  11. OMGosh your house is just stunning!! I use to do a 20km round trip to take my kids to school in the morning + then again another 20km in the arvo!! But now they bus it!! It was great if I had to go to town to do jobs (as I live on a farm) but I have to admit its the after school actvities that get me.....sitting around in the car for an hour till the activity is finished is not always fun!....and I still have to do this part!!
    Good luck with the sale!

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  12. hola simonne!!!! life is always change!!of course your house is in the paradise,so pretty,so amazing , so yoursss!!!but also is beautifull to feel free to decide what can be the best quality of life for all the family !!!!...sometimes driving so much every day is not nice...dificult decision with you lovely home!!!
    all the bests chooses for you all!!!muchos besosssssssssss !!!

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  13. Oh my goodness, Simone! What a big decision to move away from such a lovely spot. But then, family is more important than a house, even a stunning house such as yours. I hope it works out very well for you. I bet the agent is bombarded with calls!

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  14. Oh Simone - find some way to do the drive - your house is such a "home" in every sense of the word and speaking from experience, the regrets of leaving such a special place linger on far more than the inconvenience of commuting.You can never go back....

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  15. Hi Simone, what ashame to sell your little piece of paradise. But you know what at the end of the day you could live anywhere with all your beautiful things. Moving on to another home is always exciting. How far do you have to drive to the school if that happens? I think there are lots of mums out there that do a decent drive but hay if you can live closer then thats a big saving on your petrol costs and your sanity. Sandy xx

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  16. I have never had to commute to take my children to school, but I totally understand you not wanting to. Your house is beautiful, I'm sure someone will snap it up in a jiffy and you can find another wonderful home to put your creative touches to near your daughters school!! Good Luck to you! xxoo

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  17. Dear Simone,
    I will put your home on my wish list!!!!!
    The new photos are just stunning.
    I would let you come and stay for
    holidays if you want to!
    Good luck, but you wont need it.
    Love Sue
    PS Living closer to the school means
    you will have more time for you and
    family.

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  18. Dear Simone, If I could be a GP in Brisbane easily I would feel like your house is already a home and it would be wonderful.

    It is very hard making these decisions. But I do agree with a previous comment , that you will make any house be the loving sanctuary that is evident here.

    We sold our house , after 2 years of solid renovations and am now renting to take our time to plan our next move. It is hard but change is just part of life.

    We now live in town, can walk to the shops and all the playgroups etc. It is pretty special.

    I have commuted a lot for work, and really time in the car is really lost time, especially if it is through lots of traffic jams and heated up motorists.

    Best wishes for the sale and this festive season.

    Jill

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  19. Oh Simone, I could never leave that house. I have been driving 1/2 each way with my son to school. He goes to a special school so the school was more important than which one was closest. We absolutely love where we live so moving was out of the question, and the drive gave me some of the most wonderful, precious, one on one quality "chat" time with my son.
    In the end it is what is the most important to your family.
    Lee:)

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  20. You have created such a beautiful home, I'm sure you could do it all again if you had to. I did a school commute for almost a year and then moved to a home where we can walk it in about 15 mins/car takes about 5 mins. If necessary you do it for your child...but it does make life a lot easier being closer.

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  21. Dear Santa,
    All I want for Christmas this year is Simone's house.

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  22. If I didn't live half a world away--or have a much smaller budget--I'd move in your home in a heartbeat! Crossing my fingers for you in this process...your home is stunning and anyone who doesn't jump on the chance to own it is goofy! Keep us posted! xo

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  23. Oh my sweet friend...if only we lived close by..we are looking for a new home!!!

    Your home is amazingly beautiful...we live very close to our school...and I really do LOVE it!

    Hugs my friend...xoxox

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  24. Hey Simone, It's not just about the commute. Its about the community of the friends Charlie will make at school. We have found it great to be close to the school as the majority of kids live in the area where the school is and it makes it easy for after school plays and then as they get bigger they can have the independence of walking to mates places etc. I know you will miss your home but how exciting to think of the possibilities for a new home, cheers Katherine xx

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  25. Wow Simone, big changes ahead! You will never get a bigger supporter on work/life balance than me. Your home is akin with paradise, but I'd hate to lose 10-20 hrs (I'm guessing) a week, every week, commuting. We sold and moved from our last house for that reason alone. Mind you I wasn't on the water. Ugh what a wrench that would be to give up a view like that. I can only imagine. Sonia x

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  26. WOW! It must be hard to contemplate leaving such paradise! Good Luck I know you'll find another piece of paradise very soon !

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  27. Such a difficult decision to leave your own piece of paradise, something that you have created from the heart. The school ommute thing is something that you can deal with short term (2yrs) but speaking from experience it eventually wears you down. The other issue is that none of your daughters little school friends will live near by and over time that is a 'biggie' to deal with.
    Alison

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  28. Best of luck with the sale Simone - not that you need luck with that beautiful home. I look forward to your next adventure.

    Katie

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  29. Dear Simone, you have the most wonderful house I have never seen. Your outsides are wonderful and inside is so nice... I imagine you´ll find a beautiful house near school. Be lucky!! It´s a difficult election. Kisses, Ana

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  30. O My goodness i would be heart broken to leave your house is truely amazing and the location and the views it will be sold in a matter of hours im sure. O My if it was me i would really try and do the drive, but of course it depends on how far and how your time for the rest of the day will fit in to it. Good luck with it all and i hope what ever you decide its a peaceful one for you. Dee x

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  31. Aaaahhh! My dream home! Now if I could only figure out how to move it to Canada. Good luck on selling. I should think it would go quickly and at an excellent price.

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  32. I know it's a bummer to leave your humble abode but think about all the new projects you can do in the new place! I'm excited to take the journey with you!

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  33. Oh my gosh!!! Is that really your house? It's beautiful!!

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  34. We tried to sell our home..., to shorten my husband's commute, so I can understand. The market is not great here, and we decided to stay! Wish you the best!!!!

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  35. The house looks totally amazing Simone. Great shots. You must be very happy with them. Good Luck with the sale. Luckiest person in the world who buys it. I really can't wait to see your next place. I can understand your move, school is hard enough without the dramas of getting to and from it. I lived in Kenmore and commuted to Brisbane State High. It was a nightmare. Two buses and an hour and a half each way! (Even though when you say 'big' school you mean Year 1 right?) Life changes, you move with it. A new chapter and a new school world for you. Pruxxx

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  36. I love your beautiful home and will join many others in putting it on my wish list for someday!!

    I shuttled both of my girls to two different school each day for several years. Sometimes in 30 below wind chill and a foot of snow. It became part of my routine quickly. Have to admit I often did it in my pajamas as did many other Moms. The traffic was a pain, music chosen on the radio a battle, but the part I remember the most is the wonderful conversations I could have with the girls during the long drives. This was often the only time I would really hear what was going on in their lives.

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  37. Your home is your heart - you're loved ones...I've moved several times and did not look forward to the changes but I found new areas, new friends and new experiences = no regrets. Wishing you joy, Jennifer jennsthreegraces

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  38. Seriously I could never leave that home..My boys are now both in High schol and have quit the commute,but I think it's worth it for them to come home every day to the place they love.I'm sure wherever you live you would make it fabulous..xx

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  39. Your home is lovely, a beautiful setting. However you need to go with your instincts and that must be telling you to move on. Quality family life is always more important than things that money can buy.

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  40. Sheesh that house is gorgeous. I don't think I could give it up. Depending on how far away the school is...if we're talking 30 or more miles - I'd move; if less than 30, I'd stay.

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  41. Oh my goodness nooooooooo! I can't believe you might move. Your home is paradise on earth, that location is to die for! You'll definitely have no problems selling.

    I completely understand when it comes to family though and commutes can take up a large part of life.

    I wish you all the best with your choices - so exciting. Can't wait to see where you move to! xx

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  42. Ohhh...It would be sad to leave your beautiful home but I am also excited by the thought of you fixing a new home. Yeah..detachment is the way to go! Good luck!

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  43. OK I was soooo meant to read this. Here is our story. We moved away from our beach house (we live in country NSW) so that we could be closer to 'big school', my work and ballet. We lasted 7 months. If living near the water is just a part of you, you will be pulled back. If you need to be near it for your sanity. We then had to change schools after only 1 year. Even now, because of where we live, my year 1 child catches a bus that takes 40 minutes to get to school (even though it only takes 20 minutes to drive there!) We then drive the 50 minutes to ballet 3 times a week. But, we use the travel time to listen to music, chat and have quiet time. And we are heaps happier then we were last year:) But if living near the water is just something you like, and you can always visit it anytime, it makes more sense to move. The commute will drive you nuts. Jane http://louandjane.blogspot.com/

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  44. Beautiful home! I did the 'drive' for four years. This year we moved closer ... it was time. It's not just the drive to consider (although I did love our girly chats in the car!) ... but class friends will be closer to the school than you. And that makes playovers a pest, not to mention after school activities. We moved because I was doing the drive upto four times a day, there, back, there, back, afterschool activity, home, afterschool activity, home. Just made sense in the end! Good luck no matter what happens.

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  45. Well I dont think its a bad thing to move on as I do believe its the people inside the house that make it what it is. We are lucky at the moment because we dont have to commute to primary school but when you do it just becomes part of your day and you work around it.
    alicia :0)

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  46. I agree with those who say that long commutes are a killer. Especially those days when you get halfway and realise that someone has forgotten a hat, lunchbox or vital piece of homework! We currently live about 15 mins form the school where all my children go and that is plenty long enough for me. It is the little things like the weekend parties which seem to be constantly happening and are usually 20 minutes the other side of school.
    I hope the selling process of your home goes really well. And you get the fun of decorating somewhere completely new and finding new ways to combine furniture etc.... one of my favourite things to do!
    Clare x

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  47. Please share more pictures of your kitchen!!

    :)

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  48. What a beautiful place! I could live there. =)

    Found your blog today on Sall's blog. I like it very much and will keep my eye on it.

    Ryan
    http://marvelousminutia.blogspot.com/

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  49. Aww, Simone. What a shame if you have to sell. I do think it's important to be as close to the school that you can. Starting school is so exhausting for children and mother's! We are only a few minutes walk to our school which is fortunate as we are often tardy in the mornings. I do know that one of my friends does an eight mile drive for her little girl, so I could ask her for you. It seems a shame you have to sell-up. xx

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  50. oh my god!! I just came across here from my follower and you had such a great blog!!you captured my heart for your creativity and the beautiful aroma, If I have a wish, I would love to get in touch w you in blogging and exchange ideas, although I know you have a thousand followers for you to remember me!!=(
    pls give my site a vist and tell me what you think? I love your house and we are looking to buy one but not in your place=(
    you new follower: Dhee-Ghee
    www.dhee-ghee.com

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  51. Can't believe you are selling up...but I'm sure you're new place will be just as beautiful...just reading through some of your entries now - been away for a month so lots to get through! Will you move to a beach or more inland? xxx

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  52. I love your house Simone! But I understand, if the commute is over 45 minutes that would be too much for me, if not I would try to adjust just to stay there. Good luck with whatever happens. Jennifer :)

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  53. Choosing a school is a luxury that has too much emphisas. The real education and values come from the home environment. Your babe will do well and exceed if the fundamentals are right. Has consideration been given to what your plans are incase the school is not all its made out to be? Support your local community, that is where the best education and values come from.

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  54. Beautiful home! I can't believe how many people are passing judgement on your choice even if they are couching it as advice, when they don't even know you personally. Obviously, you know what's best for you! Also, when I was a child, my school was a half hour commute away (and my best friend from school lived an hour away), so it does limit playing with your school friends after school and on weekends.

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  55. I'm not a Mom but I was a 'nanny' in college. For one family, my only job was to go pick up the kids in the morning, drop them off & then go pick them up in the afternoon & drop them off. I didn't "sit" them... Obviously it's hard to put your presh little one in the car with just anyone but it's an option if it's affordable... maybe even for one or two days a week just to give you a break.
    Because it's still fun to watch her walk off to "big school" at the carpool lane. ;)

    pickingwildflowersblog.blogspot.com

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  56. oh what a hard decision!
    and what a beautiful house!
    I wish you all all the best for this new year!

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