“My wife Janet and I downsized two years ago, but we’d been talking about it for at least five,” says Peter.
“The concept started when the final of our three youngsters Emma, Paul and Leah — left our household house. Then, in 2015, somebody approached me to purchase my psychology enterprise and the supply was too good to refuse. Without these duties anymore, downsizing appeared the subsequent logical step.
For greater than 20 years, my household had lived in a four-bedroom Edwardian residence in Newport, shut to the centre of Melbourne. We beloved our house and the world — we had our group there, we have been shut to a buying centre and cafes, and I might stroll alongside the seashore each morning.
Initially, we thought we’d simply purchase a two-bedroom unit in the identical space one thing new and low-maintenance.
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By the time our residence went available on the market in mid-2017, we have been contemplating one thing utterly totally different — shifting to the country town of Maldon, 90 minutes away. Our daughter Emma and her husband had already moved on the market and had our grandson, Darcy. We beloved visiting the place and when Emma provided to analysis properties for us, the entire concept appeared too good to move up.
We discovered a two-bedroom miner’s cottage in mid-2017 and moved to Maldon on the finish of that yr. We had cash left over from our Newport sale that we tipped into superannuation and different investments.
I’d all the time deliberate on our household residence offering for Janet and I once we retired, and it did precisely that.
For me, one of many massive challenges of downsizing was eliminating stuff — and dropping my research. I’m a little bit of a hoarder, so decluttering was onerous, however we employed a advisor to assist.
Janet discovered it arduous to depart the group and couldn’t cease crying the day we left.
But we each settled into our environment shortly. We made pals with our neighbours, and Janet joined the native church and volunteers at Maldon Hospital. I additionally joined the native historic society — we’re on the sting of Ned Kelly country right here, and I’m an enormous historical past buff!
I do miss some points of my previous life, like my writing group and going to each Essendon recreation, however not the large house. Maldon is within the shadow of Mount Tarrengower and I really like going for lengthy bushwalks there.
In Melbourne I might pay attention to music once I walked, however right here I pay attention to the birds and the sounds of the bush. Life is so peaceable now. There are not any busy roads or tooting automobiles and I really feel myself getting tense once I drive into the city now!
We’re additionally loving being so shut to our daughter and her kids. Darcy is now 4 and our granddaughter Clementine was born quickly after we moved right here. They’re solely a 300m stroll down the street from us and it’s a pleasure for Janet and myself to stay shut sufficient to have the ability to take pleasure in them and to watch them develop up.
The sale of the Melbourne house has additionally freed up the assets that permit us to journey to go to our different household all over the world.
I swore that after spending years renovating our household residence I wouldn’t repair up a house once more, however the concept doesn’t really feel so annoying now. So we’re including a couple extra rooms on and I’ll quickly have my beloved research again.
We have a verandah on the entrance of our house and Janet and I take pleasure in sitting there every morning with our coffees.
It’s notably pretty in spring and summer time, when sitting within the sunshine is a good way to begin the day. I can’t think about dwelling another method now!”
* As informed to Sarah Marinos