Families join downsizing trend to take advantage of inner-city lifestyle

Downsizing isn’t just for Baby Boomers. Swapping a spacious family home for a new pad less than half the size is a change many people wouldn’t dream of doing until their children have left the nest.

But for the Vander Sluys family, downsizing came with big benefits.

Simon, wife Natalie and daughters Ella, 17, and Lily, 16, traded in their Doncaster East house for a much smaller East Melbourne home this year.

“We had always thought we would do it when the kids moved out because at that stage, we wouldn’t need the big house and big garden,” Mr Vander Sluys said. “But you think if you wait another 10 or 15 years, who knows what would happen.”

So they made the leap and launched into an entirely new lifestyle.

“It’s been totally different. We’re absolutely loving it,” he said.

Mr Vander Sluys said the move replaced their daily routines with new experiences, from morning walks through Birrarung Marr, to city shows, sporting games and a fresh twist on the weekly shop. “We now go to the Queen Victoria Market every Sunday. The last time I’d been there was with my grandparents probably 25 years ago,” he said.

And they aren’t alone. While downsizing is unsurprisingly a thriving trend among empty nesters, other demographics have been joining the ranks.

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