An airline industry professional living in Australia, Stuart Lyall’s true passion is in traveling the world and discovering adventure in different places. In fact, Stuart’s professional career has long been geared toward maximizing his ability to travel and to enjoy extended stays exploring the world at large. This is why Stuart has spent the bulk of his career working in the travel industry, as there are few better ways to ensure diverse opportunities for traveling abroad. Having struck such an ideal balance between his professional career and personal goals, Stuart believes in sharing his experience with others and offering his advice on travel planning so everyone is able to benefit from his knowledge of the hidden gems that many travelers often miss out on.
Given his career in the airline industry, Stuart has found it to be quite convenient to live in close proximity to Sydney, where the busiest airport in Australia resides. This was not always the case, however, as Stuart has long preferred a quiet and serene environment to call home and to provide something of a respite upon returning from his frequent adventures abroad. While he is certainly not averse to city living, the move to Sydney required a bit of an adjustment but has proved to be a wonderful place to live. With his busy travel schedule, Stuart rarely gets to enjoy his home for long, but he has found Sydney to be quite enjoyable and certainly appreciates the convenience of the incredibly brief trip to the airport.
In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?
My first house was in one of the more remote areas of New South Wales, but it still wasn’t all that far from Sydney given my travel schedule. I bought the house at least 12 years ago, but it may have been earlier than that even.
What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?
I shared a decent sized apartment close to the coast along with a few friends. It was so close to the coast that we had a lot of visitors, which was great for the most part but it also didn’t make it easy to rest after a long trip.
What motivated you to purchase your first house?
I really wanted a place that was a bit more secluded and quiet, but I also wanted to be able to rent it out while I was away for extended periods of time.
How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?
I managed to save up quite a bit of my earnings over the years, and I got an absolutely fantastic deal on the house.
When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family. Please elaborate.
I was looking at it more as an investment. When I was renting, I didn’t have the option to sublet my space and I don’t think it would have been very appealing anyway, so having a home that I could rent out while I was away made a lot of financial sense. Of course, I also wanted a place of my own to return to after a few months of travel.
What are 3 things you liked most about the house?
The quiet solitude it offered was very appealing, as was the price. The fact that it was already outfitted with solar panels really sealed the deal for me.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
Over time I began to dislike the commute into Sydney, but that also had a lot to do with the change in the frequency of my travels.
Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?
Since it was already outfitted with solar panels, I felt it was important to make it even more eco-friendly. I added a rain collection system and retrofitted a few other parts of the home for efficiency’s sake.
Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.
It was so quiet out there that it was always kind of jarring anytime we heard any noise. There was one day when a few friends were coming over and were going to bring their new puppy. My dog always got excited when a car would come up the drive, but when she saw the puppy come out of the car she broke right through window screen, dropped a few meters to the ground and ran right to the puppy. It was like she hadn’t seen another living being for years.
Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?
I still rent it out, and if it just so happens that it is vacant when I’m in the area I’ll take a trip out there just to relax and get away from the city.
What advice would you give other first time home buyers?
I think it’s advisable to buy a home before it becomes a pressing need. I feel like a lot of people just wait too long before buying their home and wind up settling for a place just because they can’t afford to wait any longer.