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Why we sold our family home to move to Dulwich Hill


3 February 2017

When Ray and Naomi Lum Mow parked their car in a Dulwich Hill street to check out the Arlington light rail station, they didn’t know their lives were about to change.

Both avid light rail users – they like to use it to take their grandchildren on weekly excursions to the Fish Markets or to Darling Harbour – it was the couple’s first visit to see what was nearby.

“Seeing Arlington really sparked our interest in the area, we really liked it, so we started looking for places,” says Naomi.

It turned out they didn’t have far to look. Right around the corner from the station is the new development, Arlington Grove, where the couple have recently bought a three-bedroom apartment. Subsequently, their Strathfield family home, where they lived for 36 years, has just been sold.

1. Proximity to the City

As well as the light rail, the Lum Mows like the option of having the regular rail network nearby to easily get into the city, which is 9 kilometres away.

“Normally we might think twice about making the journey from our old house in a suburban street in Strathfield to the city but now knowing the light rail is just around the corner and regular rail is also within walking distance, it’s so easy,” says Naomi.

Paul Marshall, from Arlington Grove developers The Galileo Group says choosing a central and “connected” place to live is crucial to claiming back more from life.

“People these days are time poor – they need to figure out a way to reduce travel and work time to open up more time with family, friends, exercise and fun,” Marshall says.

2. Green spaces galore

It was on that initial walk around Arlington station that Naomi and Ray spotted Johnson Park. Here children slide, spin and swing on new equipment, while picnicking families’ barbecue.

“I can see that when we have get-togethers it will be really easy,” says Naomi. “It’s great for the kids and there’s exercise equipment there too.”

There’s an abundance of green spaces in the immediate area. “Johnson Park is immediately adjacent to Arlington Grove,” says Paul Marshall.

“And a block away is Arlington Recreation Reserve – a beautifully preserved and maintained heritage playing field.”

3. The village atmosphere

Another attraction for the Lum Mows is the village feel of the area.

“We love that there’s so many cafes, we’ve already been to the nearby Sideways Café and Campos Coffee on the main street,” says Naomi who is eager to discover more about this suburb which is known to have a strong sense of community.

“I’m looking forward to visiting the restaurants and patisseries and interacting, there’s lots happening in Dulwich Hill.”

The community spirit will also be strong within Arlington Grove. Paul Marshall says the development will feature a community garden to provide a focal point for residents to enjoy the shared experience of growing their own vegetables and herbs.

“Families will enjoy the human scale and the peaceful village-style atmosphere,” he says.

4. Design done right

The Lum Mows were taken by the design of Arlington Grove for practical and aesthetic reasons.

“We like that the three-bedroom apartment will be big enough to have people over because we’ve got quite a large extended family,” says Naomi.

“But we also like that they tried to keep the design in line with the original feel of the architecture of the area.”

The overall concept design of Arlington Grove has been conceived to allow it to mesh seamlessly into the area.

“The use of traditional brick facades and citrus tree-lined laneways is an acknowledgement of Dulwich Hill’s architectural heritage and a demonstration of how Arlington Grove is conceived to complement the existing neighbourhood,” says Paul Marshall.

Check it out

Arlington Grove is at 24 Grove Street, Dulwich Hill, with construction well under way. A brand new selection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, with parking, are now selling. The display suite is located at 360 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill and is open Monday and Wednesday 12 – 2pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 12pm.

For more information contact Arlington Grove sales agents at CBRE on 1800 881 221 or visit arlingtongrove.com.au

~First published on Domain, October 2016~