European lifestyle right fit for this mum
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.