Almost 2 years ago we were living in a part of Sydney known as McMansionville.
This area, in the North West of Sydney is dominated by large houses on small blocks of land, few footpaths and even fewer trees.
The shops and services are miles away (for most people) and the area is not serviced by a rail network but an infrequent bus service.
On a day trip to the Blue Mountains, West of Sydney we found what we had been searching for - modest homes on medium to large sized blocks of land and a real sense of community.
Instead of feeling like fish in a goldfish bowl, we had a house with so much privacy, you couldn' t see the house from the street. And look at all that green.
Michael Grosvenor (2007) characterises sustainable communities by the following criteria:- (Check to see how your place stacks up)
- You can walk to some local shops.
- You can walk to a railway station.
- You can walk to a regularly serviced bus stop.
- There are paved footpaths in front of your house.
- There are cycleways.
-There are community parks and gradens.
- There is a wide range of community facilities nearby such as a decent library.
- The shopping area is busy.
- There is a mixture of housing types.
We tick all the boxes except the footpath one. So a very sustainable community I'm happy to say.
Sadly we don't have a footpath in our street
I can walk to my local train station. The bus stop is at the end of the road.
The shops are a 15 minute walk away and are busy.
I think we're pretty good here, much better than our last home and it shows in how much happier we are.
How does your house rate?