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04 March 2012 @ 05:16 pm
Spaces where we live  
Ganked from anonpussynamer
Show all the houses where you've ever lived, using only images from Google Streetview.


1. Pine Road Fairfield.

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Yes, it's a factory. But there used to be a large brick house behind, where my family lived. My earliest memories are of this house - of picnics held in the hallway which was large enough to host a ball, of the fireplaces and plumbed-in washbasins in the bedrooms. Moved out after my grandmother died when I was four, and we moved in with my grandfather to look after him.

2. Broad Street Cabramatta

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My grandparents built this house after the second world war, piece by piece as building materials were scarce. They did just about all of it themselves, too, as tradesmen were also in high demand. The only thing that hasn't changed in all that time is the fence, with the brickwork and the wrought iron being exactly the same as it was when I lived there in the early/mid sixties.

We had a great cubby-house in the backyard where my sister and I spent a lot of time. Chalk circles drawn on the concrete floor turned it into a transporter platform!

3. McKibbin Street Canley Heights

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We moved here when I was eight, after my grandfather died. This house has a lot of memories for me; my best and strongest friendships were forged here during sleepovers and playdates. I was living here while going through my teenage rebellious period, and this place was the "home" that I was homesick for when I was away at boarding school.

4. Keesing Crescent Blackett

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Someone has an interesting idea of garden decoration. When my father's business went belly-up we sold McKibbin St and moved here, to the outer fringe of Sydney. I spent very little time here, having just left school. It wasn't a pleasant house and was a worse neighbourhood.

5. Lemon Grove Road Penrith

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Finally moved out of home and into a flat of my own. The lack of laundry area couldn't dampen my enthusiasm for independent living, it only meant I visited my partner's family more often than I would have chosen so I could use the washing machine.

6. Eastlea Avenue Springwood

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Finally our own home! In the Blue Mountains in NSW. A beautiful spot, but could get a bit scary during bushfire season, as the house backed onto a gully. Loved this house though. We bought it while it was still under construction and eagerly watched it take shape.

7. Curtis Street Oberon

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My partner's work took us out of the 'burbs and into the country village of Oberon, on the western slopes of the Blue Mountains. Effing freezing cold hole, I hated the house, hated the town, hated everything about it. We stayed there for 17 months encompassing two winters and I swore I would not spend another winter there. Snow was a novelty at first, and tobogganing down the driveway was fun, but the unremitting cold just did me in.

8. Lions Drive Mudgee - I can't get a single image of this area. We rented a little farmhouse there while waiting for the sale of Oberon and the purchase of our next house to go through. The house was on 30 acres of cow paddock; probably nothing has changed.

9. Mudgee Street Rylstone

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The front door, which no-one used, faced onto Mellon Street.

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Visitors all used the back door which opened up onto the driveway at the rear of the house. Living here was the happiest time. Little country town with a population of only 600 people, the sort of place where you never had to lock your house up and could leave your car keys in the ignition, safe in the knowledge that your car would still be there in the morning.

10. Waterfall Way Dorrigo

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See how the mist clings to the hills in the background? Not as cold as Oberon, but being right on the edge of a mountain it seemed to be perpetually blanketed in mist and low cloud. In the only summer I spent there we had eleven days on which it didn't rain, and six of those were sunny.

11. Pitt Street Coffs Harbour

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We rented this house from the company where my partner worked, once again while waiting for the sale of our previous house to go through so that we could purchase another. Only spent three / four months here, it was never really home.

12. Sand Street Coffs Harbour

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Hard to get a proper look at this place from google maps so I've provided a couple of different angles. The house was set well back on the block, with pool in the front yard. I really loved this house too. A lot of good times here.

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One theme running through all these photos is how unkempt all the gardens look. To give him his due, my (ex) partner was a mad keen gardener and spent a lot of time and trouble keeping the gardens looking lovely. Now they all appear to have been let go.

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13. Where I live now!

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This place is special to me as it's the only one I actually chose for myself. Nearly eight years now and I can see myself staying here for quite some time yet; the only thing that might force me out eventually is the combination of a developing bad hip and thirteen steps up to the house. I don't want to think about moving though.
 
 
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byslantedlight: Slanted aurorabyslantedlight on March 4th, 2012 07:30 am (UTC)
What a brilliant meme! I could never do it properly - well I could, but it'd take a long time! - but I might have to give it a go... *g*

I like the look of your misty-hilled house number 10, probably because of all those green fields at the back... *g* And yeay for bieng in your special place now! *g*
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on March 4th, 2012 08:32 am (UTC)
It's a rainy-afternoon kind of meme, I think. I'd love to see yours though.

The misty hills were very pretty, in fact the outlook from that house was lovely at any time of year. The biggest problem we had though was mildew from the perpetual damp. My partner was hospitalised in Sydney after a serious accident and the house was locked up for two months; when we got back, everything was covered in a layer of mildew. Lounge, carpet, bedding, walls... I just cried. It took a week to get everything washed and clean again.
anonpussynamer: Floweranonpussynamer on March 4th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
Amazing what you can come up with when you get a bit bored, isn't it? :) I'd been playing with Google Maps and the idea just came to me, so I did my places where I'd lived...

House No. 2 just looks very close to my old place in Engadine - built in 1954, before I was born, but similar style. The brick fence out the front - yep, had that too. Used to walk up and down that fence, waving to folk driving by. Can't do that stuff now, tho ...

miwahni: pros B & D doorwaymiwahni on March 5th, 2012 10:19 am (UTC)
House #2 would have been built around the same era, a post-war austerity house when building materials were scarce so things like eaves and front porches were cut back or done away with. This one had a brick front porch that you couldn't access from the yard, only from the house, but it's been enclosed now by the looks of things. It opened into the "parlour" where my nan used to teach her students piano and violin. We were never allowed in that room!
anonpussynamer: Floweranonpussynamer on March 9th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
Just thinking back - our front porch was small as well ... can't remember the exact size but probably twice the size of a normal landing, with steps going up to it. Nice to sit out there on a hot summer's night, TV moved to the hallway to make it easier to watch and just do nothing. Ah, memories! :)
Newsynewsy891 on March 4th, 2012 10:42 am (UTC)
To remove any thought of moving: Couldn't you have the sliding doors converted into a sort of secondary main entrance (or the main entrance) if the steps become more of a problem?
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on March 5th, 2012 10:21 am (UTC)
Yes... but unless I then install an elevator I'd still have to deal with steps up to the living area, bedrooms etc. Heh, maybe an elevator is the way to go! It would certainly make it easier to deal with groceries etc.
Merlin Pendragon: Hiver - 06-01-01mrlnpndrgn on March 4th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
All of these looks inviting...
Though we have agreed to disagree on what is cold ;-)

I think I'll try this!


Alas, Google street did not really visit my home town ;-(

Edited at 2012-03-04 04:31 pm (UTC)
miwahni: random ulu-roomiwahni on March 5th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
Oh what a shame! I'd have loved to see your houses.
I think we have to disagree on what is hot as well, don't we? *g*
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on March 5th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
I think we have to disagree on what is hot as well, don't we? *g*

Ah, yes. You're right.

I had forgotten ;-)
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- HOMEdraycevixen on March 4th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)

What a fascinating meme. I'm struck by how there appears to be a distinctive sort of architecture at work here.
miwahni: Random no place like homemiwahni on March 5th, 2012 10:26 am (UTC)
Australia has had a fascination with the double-fronted (or in some cases, triple-fronted) bungalow for years. There are a couple of odd ones out (Oberon and my current house) but the rest are all bedroom-juts-out-past-living-room. Began with the Californian Bungalow design which was enthusiastically adopted here with a few alterations. Then after the war bricks were pretty scarce so everyone was building in fibro so there are a lot of fibro homes in the older suburbs.
I was charmed by the housing in the UK where there is a real uniformity of architectural styles, lending a very neat appearance, rather than the hodge-podge of styles and colours that tend to molest your eyeballs here.
sunray45: Bodie Fall Girlsunray45 on March 5th, 2012 04:08 am (UTC)
You seem to have led a rather nomadic life, all those different houses you called home. My parents and their siblings were the type who bought a home when they married and stayed there. Both my chidhood home and first home after marriage have been pulled down and blocks of flats built there.

I've carried on the family tradition and have been living here for about 47 years. Not very adventurous *g*
miwahnimiwahni on March 5th, 2012 10:28 am (UTC)
LMAO at your icon - did you make that? It's brilliant!
We were a bit gypsy-ish, firs when I was growing up and then during my married life. The ex loved moving around; the only reason we stayed in Coffs as long as we did was because J was at school there.
Sad to think your earlier homes have been demolished. I hate seeing buildings destroyed, thinking of all the lives that have been lived there, all the memories gone to dust.
sunray45: B&D Involv fullsunray45 on March 5th, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
Ah no! I'm not that clever. It is the work of the brilliant Crimson37.

Edited at 2012-03-05 10:36 am (UTC)
miwahni: Pros private madnessmiwahni on March 5th, 2012 10:45 am (UTC)
I kept watching it over and over and giggling.