Yep. We will probably be moving in the next month or so because our rent is getting put up to a ridiculous amount that we can't afford. There is a rental property shortage in Melbourne at the moment which means rents are going up because, well, because they can because there is a huge demand for places. The demand is crazy, for 1 rental maybe 80-100 people will turn up (this is hell in our building because it's impossible to get up the lift if you happen to bump into an inspection group) so it means people sometimes try to offer 6 months rent in advance just to stand out on the application. There is a suburb in Melbourne that doesn't seem to have the same situation and that's where we will be looking, Footscray. It's known as a dangerous area but that's just a reputation, I don't think it's more dangerous than Fitzroy or Collingwood which are 2 burbs with high rents and high break in rates. There are so many pluses about Footscray, its only 2 stops from the city on the train, there are super cheap Asian grocery stores and a cheap fruit and veg market, the best Savers ever, Dimmeys and a beautiful park and river to take Hachiko to. Really our lives will be better and more healthier there, we can eat healthily and cheaply, ride our bikes on the nice bike paths and save A LOT of money on our rent, about $200 a month EACH! We will be living in a house with a backyard so Hachiko will be super happy and in summer we can get a paddling pool and have pool parties. I'm really excited about this.
We want to find a house with floorboards, a nice clean modern kitchen and a secure backyard. The places we are looking at are 3 bedroom places so we will either share with 2 other people or have a study and just share with 1 person, both ways are cheaper than what we pay now.
Lovely red trim on this period home.
This is my dream 50's kitchen, almost exactly what I have always dreamed of. Imagine how cute all my red cooking utensil will look in that room, I'm so excited I hope we get this place.
Wow a dining room. I don't like the light fitting but we can hopefully change it and then when we move out put the ugly one back. I think our retro look furniture will really suit this place.
So many pluses about this property. Location wise the market is just 1 block away, the Maribyrnong river is at the end of the street with a nice park, Savers is 1 block away, Uni is a 10 minute walk away, the city is 2 stops on the train away. Style wise this place is sooooo me. I can't wait to decorate it.
We need to inspect the place though as there are no photos of the bedrooms or the backyard. I do hope they aren't ugly. It does say they have floorboards in the bedrooms so that's a plus.
Nice and clean front. Looks recently painted.
Modern open plan interior with a nice indoor outdoor feel.
Look at that deck, perfect for entertaining in Summer. It means I can buy some outdoor furniture and I know exactly what I want already...from ikea, lol. Well that is if ikea sell their summer collection here in Australia that can be seen below. We can also have some pot plants and maybe even a veggie garden. Yay!
I don't like the kitchen so much but at least is is clean and modern.
I love the bathroom, it will be so nice to have a bath again. I really miss having a bath, but when I have one I never bother taking a bath, but now I know I'm going to really appreciate it.
This place isn't as centrally located but it still is ok. It does seem cleaner and more looked after, but it has no character.
Those are just 2 of the places we will be looking at this week. I hope we get one of them, but it is a little hard as we still need to find someone to move in with us and to pay bond. I'm sure we can find an international student at my Uni or at Henry's who is looking for a cheap place who can apply with us. So much to organise. If anyone out there is looking for a sharehouse in Footscray please email me. Depending on the place the rent per week will be about $80-$110. We are nice to live with, really.
Oh and please check out the new photos up at Melbourne Street Fashion .com YAY!!!