Euro­pean life­style right fit for this mum

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LIFE­STYLE and fi­nan­cial free­dom were part of the rea­son Ania Ro­manowski chose to buy an apart­ment for her fam­ily.

“Rais­ing a fam­ily in an apart­ment is a choice, not a com­pro­mise,” the mother of two and direc­tor at an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able de­sign con­sul­tancy said.

“Com­ing from Europe, where this is quite com­mon com­pared to Aus­tralia, I am sur­prised at the hes­i­ta­tion to­ward apart­ment liv­ing, con­sid­er­ing the in­her­ent life­style, eco­nomic, prac­ti­cal and so­cial ben­e­fits pro­vided with this hous­ing model.”

Af­ter grow­ing up in an apart­ment her­self, Ms Ro­manowski bought a twobed­room apart­ment in the Re­flec­tions de­vel­op­ment in North Melbourne for her and her two sons, aged three and seven.

“Grow­ing up in an apart­ment I recog­nise how much sim­pler life can be in a well-ap­pointed, well-lo­cated dwelling that of­fers a ready­made net­work of neigh­bours, im­proved by con­nec­tiv­ity and fewer main­te­nance con­sid­er­a­tions,” she said.

“There is so much to be said for apart­ment liv­ing, it means you can raise your chil­dren where you want with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the life to which you have be­come ac­cus­tomed, where fam­ily, friends, en­ter­tain­ment, cafes and the like are all within walk­ing dis­tance.”

Re­flec­tions was a good op­tion for her fam­ily as the apart­ments pro­vided a prac­ti­cal and stylish lay­out op­po­site park­land and with a pool, gym and shops nearby, Ms Ro­manowski said.

jor­dan.mar­shall@news.com.au

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