In our series New to the Neighbourhood, we introduce you to someone who has just chosen their new home – and neighbourhood – and what they love about it.
After her kids left home, Debbie Lewis was looking to downsize because she didn’t need such a big home. Thankfully, she soon found the perfect lock-up-and-go to suit her changed needs. The bonus is that it’s pretty close to where the rest of her family live. We caught up with Debbie and asked her to tell us more about the move – and her new neighbourhood.
How did you find your property?
When I decided I wanted to move, I contacted Avrille Grainger at Adrienne Hersch Properties. I’d used her before and knew she’s one of the top-selling estate agents in this area. It wasn’t long before she found me the perfect two-bedroom lock-up-and-go.
What do you wish you’d known before you started looking?
There were no nasty surprises for me because I’ve done this a couple of times before, and I know and trust Avrille. My advice to first-time buyers is to find a good agent. Ask for recommendations in your area if you’re not sure where to start.
What do you love about your new home?
It’s in a safe neighbourhood, conveniently located near the highway, and best of all, it’s close to my kids. We get to spend lots of time together now, which was a big motivation for my move.
Did you know exactly which area you wanted to be in?
Yes, I had absolutely no doubt: it was pretty much Morningside or nothing for me.
What do you like best about the area?
The energy here is amazing – it’s very much a neighbourhood that young and up-and-coming buyers aspire to. I really like the vibe here. What’s more, I think that in time the property that I just bought will prove to be a very good investment, which is important to me.
Where’s your favourite local coffee shop? There are a couple of great places in the Morningside Shopping Centre, which is just across the road from me. The centre has everything I need, and I love that I can walk there.
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Words: Andrea Kirk