For com­muters, it’s all about the lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion

The Courier-Mail - Property - - INSIGHT - MICHELLE HELE

WHEN Phillip and Jose­fina Philli­pos first moved to Queens­land from Vic­to­ria 12 years ago they chose Vic­to­ria Point for their new home. It was the abil­ity to live close to the wa­ter that at­tracted the cou­ple to the sub­urb, which is about 35km east of the Bris­bane CBD.

Un­for­tu­nately the pay­off for that life­style was they weren’t par­tic­u­larly close to their jobs, so long travel to work be­came part of their lives.

That is all about to change now with the cou­ple plan­ning to move a lit­tle closer in, to Manly West. They re­cently bought a town­house in the Bale Vue Res­i­dences at Manly West, as an in­vest­ment.

But they have now changed their minds and de­cided as it is so close to work, they will move into the town­house and sell their Vic­to­ria Point home. They should set­tle on the town­house by the end of the year.

Mr Philli­pos said with their chil­dren grown up and out of home, they de­cided they didn’t need such a big house any­more.

He said the ben­e­fit of buy­ing at Manly West was that they were still close to the wa­ter but also their travel time to work would be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced.

“It is very close to work,’’ Mr Philli­pos said.

He works at the Port of Bris­bane on Fish­er­man’s Is­land.

From the new prop­erty it will take him about 12 min­utes to travel to work.

Travel time for his wife will also be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced.

“My wife works in the city, it takes about 45 min­utes (at the mo­ment) for her to get to work,’’ he said.

The cou­ple have bought a three- bed­room, two -bath­room town­house.

Mr Philli­pos said it was the qual­ity of the de­vel­op­ment as well as the sub­urb that at­tracted them to buy in Bale Vue Res­i­dences.

He said while there was a large shop­ping cen­tre at Vic­to­ria Point they would be closer to the shop­ping area in Manly and the town­house was just a few min­utes from the wa­ter.

Mr Philli­pos said in the fu­ture if he stepped back from full time to part time work, it meant he was in an area where he could take ad­van­tage of all the life­style ben­e­fits.

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