Nightingale Life

Meet the residents of Nightingale housing. Learn about their lives, what community means to them and why they chose to join the Nightingale family. 

Kate, Jason and Henrietta

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 Kate and Jason celebrate Henrietta's first birthday

Kate and Jason celebrate Henrietta's first birthday

Why did you decide to purchase a nightingale Housing apartment?
We were renting in The Commons and loved it so much that we wanted the security of owning one of our own.  Until we learned about The Nightingale model we didn't think home ownership was a possibility for us.

What is life like in NG1, is it what you expected?
Having lived at The Commons, we already had a pretty good idea of what living at NG1 would be like. The most wonderful part was that we knew everyone well before moving in through meetings and site visits we had along the way.  It was pretty great to move into a place where you could say hello to people on day 1.

'Living in a place that's beautifully designed, where you feel safe, where your neighbours are friends and are courteous, really makes coming home from work and weekends like living in a sanctuary.'

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How does living in a conscious community positively affect your life?
This might sound far fetched, but living in a community like NG has a great impact on our mental health. Living in a place that's beautifully designed, where you feel safe, where your neighbours are friends and are courteous, really makes coming home from work and weekends like living in a sanctuary.  I've lived in multi residential apartments before where you don't know a soul, everything is white and starting to fall apart from a bad build and you end up dreading coming home. Surely, that's no way to live.

 Jason participating in a Nightingale 1 resident  tour during the projects's construction phase 

Jason participating in a Nightingale 1 resident  tour during the projects's construction phase 

 

Emma, Oran and Raff

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 Meet Emma, Oran and the newest member of the family, Raff

Meet Emma, Oran and the newest member of the family, Raff

Emma & Oran, can you tell us why you decided to ballot for and purchase a Nightingale apartment?
We were introduced to the Nightingale model years ago and were super excited by the prospect of our first home actually being an apartment that was designed and built with consideration for the end user. The other major drawcard was social aspect; we’d lived in apartment buildings before where you either never saw your neighbours (there were no communal spaces) or when you did see them they would shut down, like a machine. The prospect of knowing and getting to know all of the people in the building by name and the bonus of being able to call on someone if you ever needed was very appealing.

What is life like in NG1, is it what you expected?
Life at NG1 is what we expected (but we had high expectations!) The apartments are incredibly comfortable spaces to the point that we’ve turned into real homebodies. Our community has already grown, with new plants, veggies, puppies (and even babies!) and it’s been fantastic to be a part of this. You’re living the dream when you can pop downstairs for dinner and wine on a Saturday night with your dog, then Uber-lift back up to get home.

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"it all boils down to wanting to create a home rather than a temporary place to live. Having supportive friends and neighbours around you, with like-minded values, contributes enormously to a sense of place, and in turn, your quality of life"

What are your thoughts on living in a pet friendly building, how does this positively affect your life?
It’s early days for our puppy, Raff, settling in to Nightingale 1.0, but he’s already very happy to waltz into our neighbours apartments to say hello! He’s also a huge fan of HomeOne downstairs (we’re sure this has nothing to do with the homemade dog treats). We’re trying really hard to integrate him into all aspects of our life and the support of the neighbours definitely makes a huge difference. The combination of him being familiar with the residents and being able to wander around the halls, rooftop and café downstairs has meant that he’s comfortable being left alone, or more than happy when one of the neighbours drops by for a cuddle. Not everybody in the building is a dog person (we assume), so obviously there are rules in place to ensure that our pets don’t impact on the day to day lives of others. All of the conversations around how to navigate a pet friendly building have been part of an open discussion and are evolving as we learn more about each other and more about the building we live in.

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How does living in a conscious community
positively affect your life?
We’ve always been environmentally conscious people, but we’re certainly more conscious of the little decisions we make throughout the day since moving here, both from an environmental perspective, but also a socially sustainable perspective. I think it all boils down to wanting to create a home rather than a temporary place to live - having supportive friends and neighbours around you, with like-minded values, contributes enormously to a sense of place, and in turn, your quality of life. Our home has become part of how we define ourselves.