Friday 28th January 2022

Moving House Stories. Pt.2. 2018.42.

Moving House Stories. Pt.2. 2018.42.

A few weeks back I wrote my first part of Moving Houses stories here. Some great comments from readers were much appreciated as it seems Moving House is topic in which we can all recall our experiences. Thank you for sharing them then. This post takes off where the last one ended.

We moved to Sydney and ….here we go.

1978 – 1993. Kellyville – Northwest Sydney. N.S.W. 

Two teachers on a teaching salary could not afford to buy their first house anywhere near the coastal areas of Sydney. So, it was to the north-west of Sydney we went to search. That also made sense as both my husband’s and my teaching appointments were in the region. Many a time we made the drive from the remote country areas back down the hills of Bells Line of Road, to travel along (and past!) Windsor Road…Kellyville.  Never realised it would be home for such a long time!

Parents of one daughter, we were successful in getting a mutual society loan to purchase the NEW house and land for $44,600. My parents did put us up for some months while we travelled to schools until the house was ready to move in on 17 March 1978.

So proud to call this our first home…that we were not renting.

In the years that followed, and our family grew to include a son, we did some extensions. Above the garage became a second storey with master bedroom, ensuite. The garage was converted to a teaching space for my retired husband who tutored students after school. The backyard eventually got an in-ground pool after an above-ground one did a great job for some years. We held our daughter’s 21st here and she moved out of home that year. Our son, a teen, was living at home.

Suddenly (do not ask me why!) we wanted to do something MORE to this house but were advised that it would over-capitalise it. It was the era of “we can lend you the money if you have secure employment and a good deposit” and in 1993 we sold. For $225,000. We rented for 6 months whilst we BUILT……

1994-1997 Bella Vista. Brand New Estate (then!) Northwest Sydney. N.S.W.

My husband by now was sole trader in his business of designing, making and installing kitchens and cabinets. It was a builder he worked for who suggested we build. We engaged this builder who had an architect draw up plans for this original house of ours and as my husband was doing the cabinetry the house price was lower. We had purchased the land. And, of course, we added an in-ground pool while we were in a borrowing frame of mind…and the bank said YES.

Lovely house with beautiful fittings, a view over the park….

We moved in by January 1994 and our daughter, who was now engaged, left this house as a Bride. Parents of the Bride we were of course. We enjoyed parts of living here a lot. However, it was, unfortunately, somewhere we had to sell in 1997 due to my husband’s illness and business not being able to be carried out. Oh, there is one wonderful memory from this house: we cared for our now 21 year old granddaughter here for 6 months when I took some leave from teaching to do so. Her mum got as full-time teaching gig at a school.

1998-2015 Glenwood. An almost new estate between The Hills area and Blacktown. Northwest Sydney. N.S.W.

The move to Glenwood was bitter-sweet (for me). We had to start again as homeowners/borrowers as we were in essence, wiped out by the business losses. However, we got on with life. We had our family who cared, and we rented as we purchased a house/land package and moved in later in 1998.

This was from earlier days at Glenwood. When the house sold in 2014 it had a carport on one side, and driveway across the front of the house.

The years at Glenwood are tinged with sad times for family reasons and also many glad times. We heard the “grandchildren-to-come” news here and then welcomed them to Grandma’s and Papa’s house for play, meals. sleep-overs and many swims in…the in-ground pool! We made quite a few improvements which made the house very user-friendly for a now- teacher and a now-builder (again – for fun and family). I finally retired from teaching (again) in 2010 and with some casual work teaching at Uni and my small consultancy we were very comfortable until….

The vacant block next door was being changed to add a carpark abutting our side fence, the vast changes in the traffic around where we and our families lived was incredible, I wanted to cease all paid work, and the family told us they had new plans for daycare for the grandkids in 2015. we were OVER being Sydney-siders. We sold and were ready to begin our adventures as a fully- retired couple.

2015- present. Central Coast Region. N.S.W.

I found the move this time heart and gut wrenching even though I “knew” it was the thing to do. I had no idea that the physical move would play so much on my emotional health but it did. I was already quite stressed/anxious and tended to get IBS in 2014 but it worsened with the move. I have written many a post about it. However, I did make a promise to myself to blog every single day in 2015 and into 2016 and I carried that out.

Empire Bay. Southern end of the CC until November 2015.

This house was found before Christmas 2014 and even though it was higher in rent than we thought we would pay, we did because the house had air-con (not ducted) and it was secured. So much wrong with this place…for US. Yes it had great views but no comfort for us who should have seen we needed to be on one-level…and that ducted air was a must. We found that place and moved (again!).

Gorokan. Northern end of the CC.  Nov 2015 – April 2018.

Once we viewed this house, it was so comfy and like our Glenwood house I did all I could to secure it before it went to public viewing and we got it. Such a relief. We couldn’t wait till the end of the lease of the place above, so did the double rent thing just for the peace of mind. This house was somewhere we settled. We really did. In fact, the property managers told us a few time how happy the owners were with us as tenants. This was the house where I found out I had cancer and where I came home to after each of my surgeries. It felt like HOME.

We hoped to stay for a lot longer than the 2.5 years BUT the owners plans changed and they told us they wanted to move in by August 2018. As we were advised by the same property managers (we did not want to leave our wonderful real estate people) to go week  by week when the lease stopped in February 2018 it meant we could look at new places.


Hamlyn Terrace. Northern end of the CC. April 2018 –

BUT oh gosh that is tiring and I really had to think about how much I could muster the energy (even though my husband would be doing most of the physical work) to plan a move again. AGAIN. But, knowing I would be having more surgery in May 2018 it made sense to suss out a recommended house about 6 mins from where we were. And we did, and before there were any open homes, we secured it.

It’s been home for just over a month now and we have not unpacked everything deliberately this time. In the last house there was copious storage and we used it. We even set up bunks for the grandkids to come and stay but over time this happened once or twice. So now we have made…are making the house comfy for two and we are enjoying the recency of this build and the features.

That’s the story for now. One day…one day…we will be buying somewhere to live but we are not ready yet. I still need to be in Sydney frequently for my cancer checks and surgery. The area we are in means a day trip from where our adult kids and their respective children live is feasible.

Have you moved house much?

Do you like living where you are now?

If you HAD to move, what would your next place be like and where?

Tell me in the comments!


Joining with bloggers who link up here for I Blog On Tuesdays: here for Midlife Share the Love on Wednesdays: here for Lovin’ Life Linky on Thursdays. Thank you ladies for hosting!






  1. What great memories you have shared. I have 4 times in the past 20 years and I know this house we are in is not the one I want to stay in. But at the mment, it fits the 6 of us comfortably and that I am grateful for.

    • Thank you Natalie, I enjoyed sharing it too. I have no idea what we will end up living in as a home of our own but we are quite enjoying the ‘luxury of an almost 3 year old house’.

      Good luck with your ventures when you are ready to make the change!

      Denyse x

  2. So many happy memories – I loved hearing your house stories! We’ve only moved once since we came to Australia and that was to the other side of the complex! We moved nearly all our stuff on a trolley through the car park. I love where we live but I would love a sea change when we get older and don’t need to be so near the city for work – I’m thinking Blue Mountains or Central Coast (then we’d be neighbours!)

    • Thanks Sammie. As you know we are in Sydney (as I type in an apartment in Camperdown) right now and this afternoon just walking through the streets down to the Quay we felt quite a bit of claustrophobia…sounds weird but I guess we are enjoying living where we are now.

      The one thing that seems to spoil moving away from Sydney in older age as we did is the health services factor. We sure know about that now!!

      Denyse x

  3. Hi Denyse, thanks for linking up at Midlife Share the Party,especially with your surgery happening. I used to live for a few years in Baulkham Hills before moving to Kiama and then up to Brisbane. Originally I lived in Naremburn, then Balmain down near the Harbour. Hope you are feeling okay and thanks again for the post. #MLSTL

    • Thanks for the linky. I did not get around to comment much this week. Brain is still a bit affected by anaesthetic!! Interesting how many Sydney places have been home for you too!

      Denyse x

  4. So many houses, so many happy memories. Love the new digs!

    • Thanks. That is the life of teachers…and then of people (us_ who think that upgrading is a good idea. I regret the move from Kellyville to Bella Vista as we lost everything except $30K from the eventual have-to-sell and repaying business debts. And we had to start again as mortgage payers in a suburb that was not my fave. Sigh.

      This house we are renting now is lovely because of its modern features and it’s a nice neighbourhood too. I hope we can stay here for a while.

      Denyse x

  5. Hi Denyse. I’m really sorry to hear that you’ve had some painful times, both physically and emotionally. Good for you to have done this two-part retrospective of homes you’ve lived in. I imagine it was cathartic to write because you can see so clearly that you are a strong woman who makes a home out of each place you live.

    I hope your current home will be a wonderful healing place as you recover from your surgery. Best.

    • Thank you Karen! That is pretty true. A year ago, before my cancer diagnosis I had started to finally consider my memoir and actually published the part one in May 2017. A friend who writes suggested writing my memoirs like a blog post and that has helped me focus.

      So, yes, these two on the houses would be part of that!

      Of course, cancer has to be added…which is part of it all as well.

      I just need to fill in the years from 1971-2016…no biggie, right??

      Your good wishes for recovery from surgery are welcomed and today I am feeling quite well.

      Denyse x

  6. Well it’s certainly been an eventful life for you as far as moving house goes Denyse. We have lived in four houses – rented the first year we were married, bought a home, then built a home – where we lived for 23 years, and then moved to where we are now and have been here for 9 years and no plans to move again until we can’t climb the stairs anymore. I hope you find your forever place once all the surgery is behind you and then you can settle and stay put.
    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne |

    • It would be lovely to feel more settled but we really like this new rental house so until we can actually buy we hope to stay here. Stairs are now a no-no for my husband in particular.

      Your comment went to spam (sorry!) which is why I am only now commenting.

      Goodness me, it’s Wednesday again tomorrow.

      See you then!

      Denyse x

  7. Oh wow, your moves sound exhausting Denyse, but also heart warming because of the love and personal stories you tell about them. Thanks for sharing. #mlstl

    • The last 3 have been. In our mid-late 60s it is not ideal to move 3 times but until we have the funds to buy this is our lot. In our case, we helped our adult kids into houses with sizeable non-repayable deposits at a time I thought I would be working much longer. When I could not, the house we lived in had to be sold to give us a sizable lump sum after paying out the mortgage and we decided to do ‘try before we buy’ on the Central Coast.

      The downside to that idea is real estate prices jumped through the roof here after Sydney went even crazier than in 2014 when we sold, so we are renting. I much prefer the security of owning again so will be pleased when we can make that happen.

      For now though we are in a very modern and comfy house till April 2019.

      Denyse x

  8. I moved a lot as a child so I knew early I would never move my children and we didn’t. My first husband still lives in the house we bought when we first got married. Since divorcing and remarrying I have moved 4 times. We have been in this house 12 years and if I move again it will be back to WV.

    • Funny isn’t it? I only moved once as a child. When I began teaching though it is kind of the lot of a teacher to move around schools – especially in the countryside of New South Wales which is what my husband and I did.

      Once we bought though we lived in 3 houses over 36 years. We sold up and are now renting. In Australia most maximum rental tenancies last only 12 months before renewal. This is why we moved 3 times in just over 3 years. Sigh.

      I hope you do get to live where you feel most ‘at home’ too.

      Denyse x

  9. We moved every 2.5 years when I was growing up – started in Sydney (Punchbowl and then Carlingford) and then Merriwa, Bombala, Springwood, Faulconbridge, and finally to West Pennant Hills when I was about to start year 12. Mum & Dad are still in that house. I moved to Canberra when I finished Uni and had 2 rentals before hubby to be and I bought a house-land package in Calwell. Then in ’92 we were both transferred to Sydney and bought the first of our 2 houses in Castle Hill. The first was near the Towers – off Old Castle Hill Rd. We were there until ’99. Our daughter was born in that house. The 2nd was the one we moved from last year. I think we’re in this area now to stay. We feel more settled in 12 months than we did in the entire time we lived in Sydney.

    • I know that you seem very settled where you are so well-done on an excellent decision!

      My daughter rented a house off Castle Hill Road in 2000-2001 but I forget the name of the street.

      As bankies you got to move just as our daughter did with schoolies!!

      Our son was born in Sydney so he never knew the country places where his sister lived from babyhood till 7.

      Thanks for sharing some very familiar places for me.

      Denyse x

  10. You’ve lived in quite a few houses Denyse and some beautiful ones too! I haven’t moved as much. We lived for 18 months in a rented unit when we first married. Then we purchased our first house which we lived in for 3 years before selling. Then we built a new house and lived in it for 17 years. It was that house where all my children were born and raised. We sold that house when we outgrew it and moved to our current house which we’ve now been in for 11 years. We won’t stay here as it is near to a school and that really bothers me, particularly as I’m home a lot nowadays. Not sure where we will go next and not for a few years yet. #TeamLovinLife

    • Oh it is always interesting isn’t it to hear of others’ stories as I found reading yours too.

      I know your pool area is fabulous but if you are near a school that can create noise and lots of parking issues too.

      I think it’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time to consider where to move to next.

      We are pleased to have found this modern rental which is dearer per week than the last one but high quality and in a new neighbourhood with friendly people.

      Denyse x

  11. You’ve moved house a few times Denyse, as have I. My husband worked in construction so we have built 4 homes over the past 35 years, and moved into rental homes during the building process. We have been in our current home for 15 years and it’s currently up for sale. We’re about to downsize and build another new home just across the border in NSW from Qld. Moving is a big job and I’m not looking forward to it. #TeamLovinLife

    • Oh yes, you have too. I can see it is always good to have a home constructed as you would like by those you know but it is still a process isnt it?

      I wish you well in this selling time…the moving bit is no fun…but the new place will be wonderful eventually. It’s the in-between stuff that challenges us.

      Thanks for sharing your story too.


  12. So many moves, I’m kinda exhausted just reading that! I’ve only ever lived in 3 houses, my Mum’s house, Dave’s parent’s house, and now the house Dave and I bought. We’ll probably stay here for ever, it’s in the perfect spot and we would never get anything comparable close-by without tripling our mortgage. We talk about possibly doing a knock-down/rebuild some time in the future, and I think that’s what we’ll end up doing. As long as they don’t expand the RAAF Base I don’t ever want to live anywhere else 🙂

    • I find it sweet that you have found such a great place for you and Dave to raise the girls. I think teachers move around a lot and that is why we did initially. When things go pear-shaped financially as they did a couple of times for us, then you gotta do what you gotta do.

      If we had not listened to others, and if money was not so readily available to people such as us in good jobs and bringing in a good income, the move from our original Kellyville house to build at Bella Vista should not have occurred. But it did, and we had to roll with how things went afterwards. Sigh.

      I hope the RAAF does not expand as you and the family are so content there.

      Denyse x