Apartment Living _1

Settling in a new city is not necessarily an easy thing to do. So far we have been very lucky, finding an apartment we like and in the area we like. It is a brand new apartment building. We were among a handful of first residents to move in, three and a half months ago.

Apartment living is easy - no lawns to mow or gardens to tend to - but we do miss our house in terms of space and storage. Brand new is definitely good in a lot of ways. For one, you don't have to deal with any undesirable remnants and effects of previous tenants. However, getting a brand new apartment is like being in the beta program of some software. We were the first to find out the bathroom's extract fan didn't work and, with the bathroom away from external walls, i.e. no opening windows, we had to suffer sweltering-bathroom-itis for nearly a month before the developer company sent someone to fix it.

Without the distraction of any previous tenants' undesirable remnants, it has also made me take notice of various aspects in apartment design. In short, what makes a good apartment. I like the sound-proof inter-apartment walls. There are, however, still quite a surprising number things we never thought about at inspection time. We are certainly discovering them three months on. But before I go on a rant about negative things, I must remember the positives. One springs to mind and I would like to share it:

Sunrise - Melbourne, Australia

Lest we forget the beauty we see everyday.

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