In August 2008 we purchased a block of land in Bayside Melbourne, a few streets from where we are currently renting, in a neighbourhood where we have a lot of friends. The block is 740m2, in a quiet street 2 mins walk to local shops, 5 mins walk to the swimming pool, 15 mins walk to a railway station and main shops and 20 mins walk to a beautiful sandy beach and marina.
Here is a photo looking from the road -
Notice the pile of large rocks in the back corner, these had been put there by the vendor when he was thinking of making the block part of his garden next door. They were massive and we had no idea what we were going to do with them. Also note the mature plum trees.
Here's a photo looking towards the road -
Note the 2m high fence along the road, we want to keep this as it means our front yard will be as private as our rear yard.
While the red tape was being worked, we got engineering done, energy rating etc and as we stand now we are just waiting for the final stamp from the council before we can apply for the building permit which takes about a week.
We have also put a shed and a cubby house on the block. The shed will be used for storage, sheltering from the rain, site office etc and then a garden shed once we move in, and the cubby house is there already so that if Miss Moneypenny (as Mrs James Bond will from now be known) is on site the kids have somewhere to play.
We have appointed a very good plumber who is organising stuff already, including an unbudgetted expense of boring under the road to connect to the water main - $1400!!
We have also appointed concreters/excavators.