Many people say that Sydney is an expensive city to live. Is it really? Your chance to have your say.
It's official, our southern neighbour Melbourne has been voted in as the world's most liveable city for the third time running. So what...what has this got to do with Sydney you might ask? Our fantastic harbour city has also made it on the The Economists Intelligence Units Global Economic Report as the 7th most liveable city in the world.
Sydney, we have every reason to smile as we have made it to the top ten most liveable cities in the world. Do we really have it that good? Why? Or why not?
Yes, I think Sydney is very affordable and generous to those who definitely work hard for their dosh. My money management skills were no different while I was living in Melbourne, however, Sydney is where I have prosperity/my business has taken off.
In Melbourne, I rented in the inner city, and my rent was twice as much as my mortgage on my own house in Sydney. My house is only a 20-minute train trip into the city, and it is double the size of my Melbourne house too.
In Melbourne, my credit cards were always maxed out, and this was for living expenses like food and electricity. In Sydney, I pay my cards off straight away. I just use them for convenience and rewards points.
To me, it does not make sense why Melbourne is classed the world's most liveable city. I even have friends down there (again, not to make comparisons between Sydney and Melbourne) who are struggling to find good jobs, yet they're experienced, intelligent people.
My earnings in my business is the same when I was a Lawyer in Melbourne, yet I am doing what I love as a creative person not working for anyone else here in sensational Sydney :)
Sydney, contrary to what most people think, we have it so good. Now that Sydney is in my veins, I am not moving anywhere else.
I have travelled quite a bit and have seen some beautiful places, but I think Sydney is one of the best places to live. We have everything at our doorstep - from beautiful beaches and parks to amazing restaurants and fabulous attractions. Whether you are single or have a family there is plenty to do and people are generally very friendly. What more could you ask for? The only downside is the cost of property, whether you want to buy or rent is pretty high.
I think we need to take a lot more into account in terms of 'what makes a city liveable'. There is so much more that needs to be considered when deciding where to live. Yes, income is important and yes, Sydney has been evaluated as one of the cities with the highest living expenses compared to income in the developed world. (According to the RBA website) There are other questions that determine if a city is 'liveable'. What about education? Quality of life? Medical care? Entertainment? Transport? I think we should be looking at it in a broader sense. After living in a fair few number of countries I have found Sydney to be the city I have most enjoyed living in.
I grew up in Melbourne so I'm probably biased, but I struggle living in Sydney sometimes. There's a great food scene that's been growing here, but there's also a lot of competition, meaning that deserving places get skipped over when the new hotness rolls into town. The Opera House has really upped its game when it's come to putting on different and interesting events, so that's helped too, but the cost of everything from transport, food and groceries, rent, going out, it's hard out there.