Jimmy Thomson July 28, 2012
There are plenty of gripes when it comes to strata living but don't overlook the positives.
We tend to get hung up on the problems in strata – it goes with the territory – so it’s great when an antidote to the strata-haters who seem to dominate the discussion lobs in.
“I lived in over 26 different 1870-1960s houses before moving into my 1983 unit – so immediately I’ve modernised!” says Fred via the Forum.
“In many houses I’ve had the nightmare of overgrown gardens, tree roots blocking sewerage pipes, roof leaks, arguments with terrace neighbours, spending most weekends on never-ending mowing, pruning, fertilising plants, poisoning weeds and taking trailer loads of prunings to the dump.
“My unit, in a quiet street, a short stroll from the CBD, is north-facing, with internal bathroom and laundry, sliding full-mirrored built-in wardrobes, security electric door, undercover parking, and the lovely garden and repairs and common area cleaning and carpet vacuuming are done by someone else, even if I’m away.
“My old unrenovated terrace in the next street has an outdoor bathroom, toilet and laundry, raise-it-by-hand rolladoor, steep stairs to the bedroom.
“I’ve lived in my unit for about 20 years, I love it and expect to be here till I drop off the twig.”
You can read Fred’s letter in full here in the Flat Chat Forum.