Family downsizes from four bedroom home to two bedroom apartment

An Ellenbrook family have declared they would consider downsizing to an apartment after their recent trial with WA Apartment Advocacy (WAAA) in the Oracle apartments in Perth CBD.

Michelle, Justin and their son Toby D’Costa (5) were one of the 12 lucky entrants who received a free trial for a month in the apartment, as part of a unique social experiment, to see if this lifestyle would suit them.

Michelle stated that they had initial concerns that they would miss the back yard, not have enough storage or find apartment living too noisy, but they discovered that these worries were unfounded.

“We have lived in Ellenbrook for over ten years and built two large family homes there,” Michelle said.

“But after living in the apartment for the month, we have found there are some tangible benefits, we were previously unaware of.”

Michelle and her family have enjoyed the simpler minimalistic apartment life, with less clutter and in particular, less maintenance.

“With my husband also having less travel time to work we have had more family time and with the pool and rooftop barbecue we have also been more social.

“We have found that before it was too much effort to entertain but as the common areas are maintained by the building manager we were able to enjoy these services without having the worry of upkeep.

“The pool has replaced the backyard and when Toby did get a bit stir crazy we would hop on the bike and walk around Northbridge to the local parks and we really enjoyed the sense of being in an active neighbourhood.

“Plus I did not miss cleaning my four bedroom home!”

With everything close to hand, Michelle also did not take her car out of the basement.

“If I needed milk I would just pop over to the local IGA and because we had so much on hand, we just walked to Elizabeth Quay or into the shops and that has also been a nice change.”

Samantha Reece Director of WAAA stated that she had been interested to hear the comments from the D’Costa family.

“I have had people tell me, that not having a backyard for a child is criminal,” Ms Reece said.

“But the fact is when kids get to a certain age and if you have the right amenities in your building or nearby, then apartment living can give you a greater sense of freedom.

“With Michelle and Justin they had built a big four bedroom, two bathroom home but they were not having any more children, other than Toby and so that space had become cumbersome.

“Because of the rooftop space and the fact there were a number of locations in Oracle to relax, the family was able to enjoy these spaces and not feel in fact they were missing out at all.

“While downsizing has typically been associated with baby boomers, it is quite evident that this terminology can be applied to any age.”

The next family to move into the Oracle apartments is single dad Aidan Power and his teenage son Jack.

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