TreeChanges and SeaChanges

Whilst I’ve been unwell I have spent quite a bit of time on the bed or lounge with my feet up, using the laptop catching up on a few things…I do love TV on at the same time and I’ve been searching through the DVD draw and fallen upon some old favourites, yesterday it was “Sleepless in Seattle,” today I am beginning “SeaChange” all over again (for the 6th time at least).

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It has got me thinking.  Lots of properties are still being advertised in Sydney papers for Treechanges or Seachanges.  We live in an area renowned for wealthy Sydneyites wanting a TreeChange.  In fact the Southern Highlands is dripping celebrities who own country properties here and that’s before we even get to the politicians and CEO’s.

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But what about the regular people?  Of course there are more regular people than celebrities, of course there is unemployment and welfare, just like anywhere else.  So why are people drawn here?  Well it’s really beautiful, generally very peaceful and very safe.  The Southern Highlands is made up of small towns and villages, our town is Bundanoon around 30min south of Bowral.  We have just under 3 000 people living in town and we are growing.  A number of people are moving here from Canberra as well as Sydney, often buying weekenders, with the idea of moving here when they retire.  We are a TREECHANGE DESTINATION!!!  In a town the size of ours there are 3 real estate agents, so that says something!

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Our main street is short, most of it is under old awnings, with a beautiful sandstone wall along the frontage.  The town is cared for by many volunteer groups, as well as having many events held throughout the year that brings large numbers of visitors.  This isn’t just a town but also a community,where people genuinely care about each other.  We are fortunate to have a lovely shop with double glass fronted windows, it also has an interesting history, but more of that another time…


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I love our house which is around 120 years old and has a lot of history, it originally was a guesthouse back in the day and now is a slightly saggy grand old lady, that is fairly rambling (at least by my standards). We live in the street that leads into Morton National Park, which has some spectacular views – how lucky are we? We also live just around the corner from our shop, so it’s easy to walk back up if we’ve left some thing behind, which certainly beats the one hour drive to work I used to have! We really do have the life don’t we?

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As I finish writing this and adding photos I am already well into Season 3 of Seachange… also Jamie Oliver was in Bowral on Saturday, shame he didn’t make it out here to Bundanoon as he really missed the best bit!  (I did send him an invite on instagram, just waiting on his reply.)

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Wayne Todd was the photographer of the first 4 photos (Morton National Park photos as well as the main street and train station photos).  Most of these photos are were taken within 5km of our house –  the Real Estate agents are ready for your calls!

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Sue McCarney on March 27, 2014 8:23 am Reply

Great post Jacki!! Hope you’re on the mend and back on your feet( although the enforced requirement of watching “Seachange” all day does have some appeal!!)
Keep up the great work…

Jacki on March 27, 2014 10:12 am Reply

Thanks very much Sue! There are worse things than watching SeaChange, but will I do when it’s over? We look forward to you eventually moving and becoming a “local”!

Donna on March 28, 2014 7:02 am Reply

Jacki these images and words make me want to move down there, it looks amazing. Jamie doesn’t know what he missed his loss.

Jacki on March 28, 2014 9:47 am Reply

Thanks Donna, it is a lovely place to live. Jamie has clearly lost out, maybe next time!

John ford on March 28, 2014 4:46 pm Reply

Great Blog Jacki and photos superb, hope you are the mend kiddo…

Jacki on March 28, 2014 10:35 pm Reply

Thanks John the photos are great, especially Wayne’s !! I am getting much better thanks.

Petrea King on March 29, 2014 6:33 pm Reply

Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell Jacki. Hope you’re feeling chipper again soon. And yes, we are incredibly lucky to live and work in Bundanoon! Not a day goes by that I’m not thankful.

Jacki on March 29, 2014 7:08 pm Reply

Thanks Petrea, sometimes I forget how lucky I am, So I like to remind myself. Although I have’t been great, I am grateful for being in a better situation than so many others!