Thursday, October 21, 2021

On our floor

Our new neighbours who paid AU$1.3 million moved in Monday last. Steph would be in her thirties and introduced herself to us when we met at the lift. She is bright and bubbly and there is a baby. Her adjacent neighbours, who rent, have a toddler. 

Since I began this post last week, I have met Steph in the lift. She had her I suppose 18 month old boy with her. He has the same name as R. From what I could see of the sole time we saw her partner, he looked and sounded pretty good, even when masked.

There isn't an apartment on any level that ends in four, as the building was originally marketed at Asian folk and four is unlucky number for some Asian people. Even one of the lifts does not display level four, but there is a fourth floor, and there is a level thirteen too.

Until the the top three levels of 19 to 22, the apartments above the 10th to 18th level are all the same design. There are six apartments on each level, five are three bedroom and one is two bedroom. The two rear three bedroom apartments don't have views although they did when the building was opened. The office building behind was extended upwards with a residential component and so the rear apartments lost their very nice views. 

Aside from the afore mentioned new residents at the beginning of this post, on our floor there is us, a pleasant single woman about my age who bought her apartment a few years ago, a friendly European born guy with a slight limp with a female Asian partner who I think have lived here nearly as long as we have, an older Asian couple who are nice but rarely seen, and a smoking hot guy with his wife and now grown baby to be a toddler. 

Ah, so you are dying to hear more about the smoking hot guy??? Maybe not. He is very very handsome, speaks beautifully, is very well groomed, fab thick dark hair, always impeccably dressed...rather like a younger version of me really. Alas I saw him topless in the lift as he was going down to the pool for a swim. I don't think I've ever been so disappointed since I learnt that Father Christmas was a fiction. What a wonderful thing that men can expose their chests and nipples and women can't. Well, a bit strange really.

There is a couple we know well in the building who we get along with well but he has dementia and she has mentioned that they may move to Queensland to live near a son, and that would mean (I have to check a couple of people) that we are the longest term residents in this building of 128 apartments. 

R always thinks we should move form this place 'no better than public housing' but when I ask where, what sort of place and we need to able to afford it at a change over price, he has no answer. 

I've ordered my individually measured box to carry me away.

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  1. R could occasionally offer to babysit for his tiny namesake. I am sure that Steph and her husband would be most grateful and of course - based on what you have said about him - R is a very patient happy-go-lucky fellow who will take to babysitting like a duck to water.

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    1. YP, he could indeed. He does it so well including changing nappies. R is patient with everyone, but uses it all up and has none for me at home. I am near perfect, but not in his opinion. Don't ask me to look after a baby though. What do I do with IT? Give IT a wee dram and a Benson and Hedges?

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  2. Our building is 40+ years old and there are still some residents who were original. In those days they had a real bartender in the club on the 44th floor, alas no more. I know everyone on our floor, but have no desire to be friends with any. Some floors are very social having get togethers, not ours. I am very friendly with one elderly woman, we talk almost every day. Other than that we are on nodding acquaintance with most.

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    1. Jackie, I kind of assumed your building was a similar age to ours, but a bit less twice our building's age. We know everyone on our floor to speak to but apart from person mentioned who may move to Queensland, none are friends. Just brief lift conversations, and I'm sure you know all about those. I don't believe we have any very social floors.

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  3. That men even have nipples in the first. I don't see any intelligence in THAT design.

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    1. All conceived babies are somewhat genderless until the genitals develop, so all embryos have the nipples.

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    2. But Kirk, I love men's nipples. No intelligence in the design perhaps but I love them and for some men (what me?) they are a sexual organ.

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    3. River, and some men can even produce milk.

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  4. We have moved a lot over the years and I shudder to think how much money has gone in stamp duty and transfer fees, agents fees and moving costs. Stay put.

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    1. Caro, R has moved more than I have but we have moved about five times and paid our fair share. Twice we didn't have to pay stamp duty by government policy. I hope to stay put. No stamp duty for nursing homes, but heaps of other costs.

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  5. Gosh that really is a mixed bag of fairly close residents- I just have to ‘worry about’ the immediate neighbours each side of the dividing fence (so-so, good morning and that’s it) and the one at the back (least said about him the better)
    You have to wonder what is it about your very select upmarket building that R has grown tired of? New neighbours always make wary….wondering what effect they’ll have on the neighbourhood.
    You are right about the where do we go that isn’t going to cost us a fortune- everything is priced similarly, and at our age buying the worst property in the best street to make it liveable just isn’t an option.

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    1. I hope you don't throw your grass clippings over the person at the back's fence. R gets frustrated because things take so long from a decision to an end result, and he doesn't like some of the renovation choices. He can be melodramatic at times. I leave that for my blog.

      It is hard enough maintaining what we have here, never mind full on new home renovation.

      Don't worry. One of children will find the next place for you to live, although if you think about moving to minimal care accommodation, don't leave it too late.

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  6. What was that you said about Father Christmas??? Wash your mouth out Andrew!

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    1. Cro, only applies to Melbourne. Father Christmas will visit Brighton.

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  7. Interesting that R wants to move, might be contrariness. Your building sounds delightful and its occupants, friendly. No outright wars anyway.

    I keep myself to myself but I have a few friends in the building who, like me, are basically loners and appreciate privacy. Not so the others. But a recently installed spyhole has improved matters considerably.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, very perceptive. R is being contrary. Yes, generally our fellow residents are friendly.

      I think those holes in the door are called peep holes here. We have one but it is old and doesn't show much.

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  8. I couldn't care less about the "smoking hot guy with great hair", but I am newly (sort of) insulted by his public housing statement. I know your apartment is nice, so perhaps he refers to the number of apartments and neighbours. but I'm still virtually smacking him upside the head.

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    1. River, I got up to a two page letter and then deleted it. R grew up in public housing. R has worked in public housing. His point was that we pay around $12,000 a year to live here and we are not getting value for that quite large ongoing cost. IE, public housing tenants get it better without cost above their rent. I do get your point though and I try to keep such things in my mind when I write.

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    2. Thank you. That does seem a lot extra per year.

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  9. I seen all sort of public housing and some of them keeps them up and making them quite comfy. Others don't. Housing here in United States is outragedly price. If you got place and you can afford usually your better off staying put. I would love to leave Idaho, mainly because of political reason. But it comes down to money.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, it is the same here with our public housing. Some is really good, some is not so good. If you want to know about outrageous housing prices, come to Australia. I understand why you want to move but hey, you've lived in Idaho a long time. You would miss it I think.

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  10. I know your post was about housing, but you did mention R's name. I have been spending a lot of time thinking about how young families name their newborns these days, very differently from my generation and even differently from my sons' generation. Olivia, Emma, Liam and Oliver are far more popular now than Margaret, Elizabeth, Thomas or Geoffreu

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    1. Hels, yet some old names return. R has a great niece called Audrey, great nephews called George and Archie. One of my great niece's is Emily. What I dislike is silly spelling such as Jaydynne.

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  11. Public housing here is somewhat different I guess that what you havve there.
    Cost a lot to buy into another High Riser I guess as much again as what you would sell yours for I suppose going on the mad money people are paying for accommodation these days.

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    1. Margaret, we could do a change over to a nice block if we swapped a three bedroom two car for a two bedroom one car apartment. Property prices are quite absurd, especially as there are so many empty Melbourne apartments in less desirable areas.

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  12. Reading the comments, it sounds like the issue, is more one of building services, than the space. When I was looking to buy, I looked as much at how things were taken care of, and services, as I did at the space I was buying. Between fees and taxes, my cost is about the same as yours, but with 1,007 owners, we have great maintenance and generous services.

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    1. TP, no space problems at all. You have 1,000 apartments in your building?

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    2. Four high rise buildings, plus the community center

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  13. Long live R and A, of the highrise! The longest term residents! I have not lived on this block that long (almost 15 years now), but there are only five households left that have lived here longer. Anyhow, what was so disappointing in viewing your smoking hot neighbor shirtless? Did he droop or what?

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    1. Strayer, his waist fat overhung his shorts. His chest was large and saggy. His skin not so smooth. My fantasy was spoilt. But he is still a nice guy.

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  14. I wondered the same, Stayer.

    It's interesting to read all the different comments about housing.

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    1. Debby, see my reply above. I might write about our public housing, but it is quite complicated and varies from state to state.

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