Feb
28

on the move. again?

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Six months ago I jokingly asked my friend Pablo to get me a job in New Zealand. Two months passed and Pamela and I found ourselves landing in Auckland.

Today I started talking to one of my best friends Brian about living to NY. Does this mean I’ve started the clock to an inevitable move to NY? I sure hope so. Living in a New York loft is one of the many things in our long list of ‘things to do’ and with some planning there’s no reason why it can’t happen.

There’s obviously quite a list of things needed to be done before a big move: Find a job, pay off current debts, get work permits (if needed), find a place to call ‘home’ and do some research into the area we’d be moving to.

Pamela and I refuse to succumb to the belief that we need to ‘settle down’ now that we have a child on the way.  However, we are very aware of the traps that await us – fast forward 10 years and we’re both just one move away from max potential salary earnings at the companies we work at, the kids are settled into a school, we’ve got a mortgage on a house and our support network is just so great.  These traps are so real and we are already feeling the effects of some of them as they work to stop us travelling.

But acknowledging these traps is the first step in avoiding them.  So moving forward with the planning…

I found an extensive study of the top 50 neighborhoods in NY with an amazing breakdown of their rating (price, location, transit, schools, safety, etc) a great resource to anyone considering moving there. So far GreenpointBrooklyn Heights sound really appealing.

Greenpoint Stats

Brooklyn Heights Stats

I’m aware that lofts and a child sound like water and oil, BUT, I am a big believer that some creativity and workmanship can turn any living space into a suitable place to raise a child. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this child-friendly loft featured in apartment therapy.

  • Red

    Why do you think of them as “traps” though? Having a house, good school and support networks are perfectly valid life choices! Besides, there’s no rush, right? You’ve got a solid 60.. 65 years left? :P

    • Pamela

      Haha, yeah a long time left yet :P I suppose if we wanted those things right now then we wouldn’t see them as traps. But because we want the exact opposite, then they work against us in a way because they are perfectly valid life choices! Anyway.. If you find us a beautiful home to share with you and Helen then we’d stay here for another 2 years at least :P xx

  • adele

    New York!! Yes please… and then Aunty Adele can come visit from London, and take care of the baby and house-sit if you guys need a weekend away. True story x

  • Ivan

    Even though there’s a negative connotation on the word trap, in this case they’re not bad things, just stopping us from doing something! And yes, let’s find a house!

    Adele you got yourself a deal! Pamela start packing!