Pair look for­ward to new chap­ter

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KE­VAN and Lila Thomas have lived in their Din­g­ley Vil­lage home for 29 years.

To­day their house will go un­der the ham­mer as they move on to the next chap­ter of their life.

“We are down­siz­ing lo­cally now,” Mr Thomas said.

“The close com­mu­nity and vil­lage feel re­ally make this a great place to live. It is part of the rea­son we’ve stayed so long.”

The fact it was a close-knit com­mu­nity gave the sub­urb a safe feel, Ms Thomas said, some­thing she was sure had at­tracted many young buy­ers to the area.

“When you walk down your street you are go­ing to know the peo­ple you see,” Ms Thomas said.

“And if you don’t, you’re go­ing to get to know them.”

The cou­ple said they had no­ticed a gen­er­a­tional change be­gin­ning in the sub­urb.

“At all the auc­tions in the area, young cou­ples and fam­i­lies are buy­ing the houses older peo­ple are mov­ing out of,” Mr Thomas said.

“A house sold two doors down a cou­ple of weeks ago and a young cou­ple bought that.”

Ms Thomas added: “Yes, and it was a young cou­ple who bought the house across the road and they just had a baby so it is re­ally nice to see the new face of the sub­urb.”

While the face of the sub­urb might have started to change, Ms Thomas felt Din­g­ley Vil­lage had main­tained its charm.

“The feel is the same, it’s just get­ting a new lease on life,” Ms Thomas said.

“It’s a nat­u­ral ro­ta­tion, out with the old and in with the new.”

The Thomas’ home, at 5 Mun­gari St, will go to auc­tion with Ray White, Din­g­ley Vil­lage, at 11am to­day.

jor­dan.mar­shall@news.com.au

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