As you all know, I live independently in a flat. It’s a big flat, three bedrooms, one bathroom, big living room area, but a small kitchen. It’s on the first floor and there’s no life, so I have to walk up and down 15 steps about six times a day. Yes, it’s great incidental exercise, but it’s tiring at the same time.
I am very attached to my flat. I have many fond memories from when I was a little girl. Whenever I was sick and my parents couldn’t look after me, I would spend the day with my grandparents. My grand mother would make me chicken soup, boiled chicken, popcorn and milky tea. She had a special little table that she would put my food on and I would sit and eat while I watched the tv.
As a family we would have many Friday night dinners, where my grandfather would sit at the head of the table and my grandmother at the other end so she would have access to the kitchen. My grandfather would help with peeling the potatoes and he would then help wash the dishes as they didn’t have a dishwasher (and it still doesn’t have one!).
Since moving in I have created new memories and I have a space that I can call my own. After a hard day of work or long night of socialising it’s nice to go to my place and escape the world and breathe.
The location is also good. It is right near a main road which gives me good access to the city and it’s not far from my family and friends. It’s not right near any cafes, but it’s a two minute drive away from one.
So, why am I thinking about moving? Well, there’s a number of reasons, some of which I won’t be sharing, but one of them is the stairs. How long can I continue walking up and down that many steps? I probably should do it for as long as I can, but it is tiring. Second reason is the size. I don’t need three bedrooms and the living space is so big, I’d rather something a lot smaller and cosier.
With this in mind, I have started the process of thinking about moving. I’m checking out www.realestate.com.au every couple of days, and sending emails to my parents with links to places that look alright. Two bedrooms is enough for me – I would like a room to store things. I would like a bigger kitchen than what I have now because as you know, I like to cook and I need a bigger bench and pantry space.
Ideally I would like to be on the ground floor, so if there’s no lift, it’s easy for me to access the place. But if the perfect apartment is not on the ground floor then there has to be a lift and there has to be a lift to the underground parking – if there is any.
At the entrance of a lot of apartment blocks there are steps and so that’s not very practical for me. I would have to get a ramp put in and that means dealing with the body corporate.
It’s funny because when a person buys their first place, you shouldn’t be very fussy and hope that you will get the place of your dreams when you’re more settled in life, but when you have a disability you have to be fussy. You have to think about steps at the entrance to the building, or whether the shower is separate to the bath so that you don’t have to climb into the shower. Also, it’s practical to live near family in case something goes wrong and to be close to a café or supermarket if you don’t have the energy to cook.
If you happen to see a “for sale” in the SE inner suburbs, ask me for my email address so that you can forward me the details. Also, wish me luck in finding a new home!