Housing Estates: Part 1 | The way we live has changed | PHOTOS

By Ian Horner
Updated October 30 2014 - 3:23pm, first published September 8 2014 - 3:20pm
THORNTON at North Penrith. HOUSE+LAND: $535,000. Alfred Perger, 77, and wife Phyllis, were definite about their house choice at Thornton, North Penrith, for two things: location and house design. ‘‘’We’ve lived a kilometre from here for 29 years. We often go to Sydney and the station is just 20 minutes’ slow walk. And we liked that one of the four bedrooms was downstairs for when we’re older and can’t manage stairs. We paid $535,000 — plus $15,000 stamp duty — we would have happily paid $100,000 more.’’
THORNTON at North Penrith. HOUSE+LAND: $535,000. Alfred Perger, 77, and wife Phyllis, were definite about their house choice at Thornton, North Penrith, for two things: location and house design. ‘‘’We’ve lived a kilometre from here for 29 years. We often go to Sydney and the station is just 20 minutes’ slow walk. And we liked that one of the four bedrooms was downstairs for when we’re older and can’t manage stairs. We paid $535,000 — plus $15,000 stamp duty — we would have happily paid $100,000 more.’’

SO MUCH has changed since our parents’, and grandparents’, triple-fronted red-brick house on a quarter acre back in the Fifties and Sixties. We neither have the land available nor the desire to spend all weekend looking after it.

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