Over the hill

FeatherstonA big change for the Barratt family…at the end of next week we are moving to Featherston in the Wairarapa.

Featherston which is a small country town (2,200 people!) on the edge of the Rimutaka Mountains and its qunitessentially small town New Zealand. In truth, the town has seen better days and while people have some bad opinions on it, there is a strong sense of community and a feeling the town is ‘on the up’. It seems like we are moving at a good time….

Its about an hour by train to Wellington so i will be commuting a couple of days a week that way, driving a couple of days and working at home on Fridays.

We decided to move, as we wanted to try life in a smaller town and we felt it might be a new season for us in terms of church and community. Plus property is way cheaper. Mortgage rates are going up fast here too so its been a financial decision too. We have halved our mortgage and have a much smaller one now which is great and gives us more freedom longer term. The house we are buying is slightly smaller than our current one but has been completely renovated and it also has 900m2 of flat garden so lots of room for Jake to run around!

We have a lovely park and picnic area opposite our house and are just 5 minutes walk from the town’s main street. We are clsoe to Lake Wairarapa and also the coast. Plus Wairarapa is wine country- we are only 15 minutes from Martinborough which is the home of world class wine and 10 minutes from Greytown with its great cafes and market.