Yep, we found our home in Australia! WhooHoo! It is located in Balgowlah in northern Sydney.Here is a picture of the backyard of the property and a description from the website.
This amazing tri level townhouse is peacefully placed at the rear of the block yet ideally situated only footsteps to Balgowlah shops and the stockland shopping complex. Only 5 years old, it offers spacious outdoor entertaining areas ideal for summer, complete with inground spa.
- Open plan living and dining, open out to rear deck
- Caesarstone kitchen, gas cooking, dishwasher, intergrated fridge
- Main bedroom with ensuite, balcony and walk in robe
- Spacious second bedroom with additional loft level
- Third bedroom or nursery also with built-ins
- Sleek main bathroom with separate shower and bath
- Abundance of storage space on lower level, reverse cycle a/c
- Internal access from carpark, double undercover car space
- Big internal laundry room with additional toilet
- Stunning outdoor entertainers space with inground spa
OMG, it is BEE-UTE-TEE-FULL! The house is 3/4 furnished with great den and diningroom furniture, cool barstools, 2 beds (AUK & Q,) with FABULOUS patio furniture, hot tub and a bad ass barbie! It was a whirlwind of a day. Their rental market availability here is 1/2 of 1%! SNAP! The process starts with viewings which last 15 minutes only and then you are off to the next. We had an incredible consultant named Susan Brown who drove us all over northern Sydney. She is a mum of 4 children ranging in age from 9 to 21. She was so much fun, extremely knowledgeable and someone who understood the Smith Family dry humor. Go figure. It was very important for us NOT to say anything bad about the homes while we in them lest we ruin the relationship she has with the agent. Obviously this is not a consumer’s market here. The agent is “doing us a favor” by opening up the homes so we can see them. We mustn’t be late and if we were running behind, it was imperative that we call the next agent and explain our situation. The upside to this is the agents did the same for us if they were running late. Such a polite and entitlement free country!
This home was number 3 out of 8 we were to see today. After lunch and the 5th house, Susan cancelled the remaining 3 showings. We had found our home, it was available now, there were no pending applications and the value for the money was A-MAY-ZING! It already has a microwave and refrigerator, in fact it has TWO refrigerators! One is downstairs in the storage area before you get to the car park underneath. Once you find what you want, you must go for it. So we went to the agency, filled out the application, added MWH’s offer letter with salary, his boss’s info in order to confirm the offer and salary, 2 references, a copy of our current mortgage, a copy of MWH’s passport and driver’s license, and our first and only born child. Or at least it felt like it! Of course by that time of the day (15:00 after leaving the apt at 09:30,) they could have any child they wanted, mine or one of the ones across the street at recess in the local school. Our consultant feels we should have no problem getting the home (I think I promised my kid and at least 2 others of their choosing to unsure this.) The next major step is to get the lease signed by MWH next week while he is in Melbourne. Well all-righty then…do you think if I offered 2 more heathens, they would let me forge his signature? No worries. They’ll email it to him, he signs it and emails it back. Please do remember that I am a financial nobody over here and my signature is worthless in Australia.
When Susan receives the final lease, hopefully no later than Tuesday or Wednesday, we will head over to the local school and fill out an application for MBD to attend school AND another application with the Australian Government to ALLOW her to attend public school. Oh, forgot….the government also wants $4,500 because she is an international student wanting to attend their public schools. Once again, go figure. These applications must be completed and turned in no later than Friday week, 16 December. Why, you ask? School is out for summer holidays and they shut those schools down tight for six weeks. They won’t step foot back in them until the Friday before school starts on Monday. The country celebrates Australia Day with a national holiday on 26 January, administration returns to school 27 January and the kids return on 31 January.
Wish us luck with our endeavors! Or at least remember that Santa Claus wears shorts in Australia!
The permanent address will be posted on my profile on Facebook and we hope to be in the new house next weekend.