DAY 20: You Don’t Have to Move to the Suburbs to Have Kids (30-Day Personal Blog Challenge)

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Today was a really hot day in Melbourne so we did the only logical thing- jumped into the pool. I’m so thankful we have a pool at our apartment. It’s a decent size, well maintained by our very dedicated building manager, and totally underutilised. Clearly there aren’t many swimmers in our building and I’m not complaining as it means we often have the pool all to ourselves.

Swimming

For a couple of years before we had kids, my husband and I lived in the suburbs in a house with a backyard and a pool, and we didn’t enjoy it at all. We just thought moving to the suburbs to have a family was what everyone did and was expected of us, but we soon found we hated gardening, cleaning the pool, cleaning a big house, being so far away from everything and everyone…so we moved back to the city! I know some people really do enjoy the quietness of the suburbs or having a nice big house and all that…but turns out the both of us really love apartment living and are city folk through and through.

Here’s what I love about living in the city and raising kids here:

  1. Having a swimming pool we don’t have to clean and maintain!
  2. Our apartment building has an amazing communal courtyard where the kids can run around with their friends so we still get the “backyard experience” without having to do any gardening!
  3. We live right next to a major park and playground, with many others being within walking distance. 
  4. I love being able to walk everywhere rather than having to rely on the car to get to places. Forget getting stuck in a car in peak hour traffic with screaming kids!
  5. Being so close to the shops, cafes, and restaurants. Get anything you want anytime of the day!
  6. Socially the city is actually quite small- you always bump into the same people at the same places and if you take the time to get to know them, it can be just as homely as a country town. If you want a raise a family here, perhaps go for smaller, older apartment blocks on the fringe of the CBD where lots of other families stay, rather than high rises that tend to house a lot of students.
  7. Cleaning and maintaining a smaller space with an apartment. I know a lot of people move out of the city because they actually want the big house, but I’m not the kind of person who wants to clean 5 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, and 3 bathroom if I don’t have to! I guess deep inside me, I enjoy the minimalist life. I feel like apartments are also so much more secure, as long as you have a good security system and aren’t living on the ground floor!
  8. Not having to travel far to get anywhere. I used to hate the amount of time spent on commuting when I lived in the suburbs. I used to live in the East and it was especially a pain when people had events on in the far West. We sometimes turned down events just because we didn’t want to travel there!
  9. Being surrounded by the hustle and bustle. I know it’s what a lot of people don’t like but I love the feeling of always being surrounded by activity and people. Feeling isolated in a quiet suburb made me quite depressed.
  10. The city always has lots of kid-friendly events on and it’s nice being close to it. On top of parks and playgrounds, there are also libraries, museums, the aquarium, zoo etc. This concrete jungle ain’t all bad.

I don’t take it for granted that we can actually afford to live in an apartment in the city. I know some people would love to live in the city and raise kids here but can’t actually afford it. I feel so blessed that we are able to make the choice to live here…and I don’t think we’ll ever leave!

The 30-Day Personal Blog Challenge is a challenge to myself to consistently blog about my daily life for 30 days.

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