With a growing family in mind, a bigger home in 2 years time seemed like a good plan. So, from mid 2009, we began our search for our dream home. Our needs were simple we thought, room for 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 studies, and room to house our gorgeous pool table which we received as a wedding gift. The latter was a little problematic as it meant basically another living area.
Our search continued for a few months. Auctions were depressing and it seemed our dream home did not exist. It was at this point, we considered building it ourselves. The search for land in our original areas of interest close to the city proved fruitless with ridiculously high prices for old property which we'd have to demolish before construction. As we could not justify the added expense, we set our sights on location further out.
At some point, we came across The Range in Croydon, a new estate that used to be the site of a beautiful golf course. Unlike other estates which are typically barren and flat, The Range is hilly and green. The plans showed the retention of boundary foliage as well as dedicated areas of protection to maintain the leafy feel of the golf course. We were immediately attracted to the site and visited the information centre. The estate was selling fast but still at Stage 1 of 5 to come. To our surprise there were 2 lots remaining that would fit the home we had in mind. We were excited to say the least. Hence, began our dream home at The Range.