Resident stories

Meet current and future residents and find out what life in a Nightingale home means to them: whether it’s the sustainable design, lower living costs, the sense of community — or those rooftop views.

The size is really manageable without feeling cramped. I like that I can have a record playing and hear it anywhere in the house.
Nik and Romeo
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Nightingale Anstey — Laneway
I love the mix of materials like terrazzo, brass and cement all together. I think you can put anything in here, and it works.
Eileen, Stefan and Daphne
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Eileen, Stefan and Daphne
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Nightingale Anstey — Laneway
For us, living here is not just about the building, it’s about all the wonderful people we’ve met across The Village.
Elissa and Ronan
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Elissa and Ronan
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Nightingale Leftfield
I’m just so blessed, I feel like I’ve been given a second chance in life. It’s really hard out there if things go wrong. And if you’re aged, I think it’s even harder.
Val
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Val
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Nightingale Evergreen
Being in a commercial space and running a small business like mine can be quite lonely. Here, it almost feels like I’m part of a residential community.
Jac, owner of JAC&
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Jac, owner of JAC&
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Nightingale Anstey — Laneway
Aside from being well-designed, the sustainability aspect is what drew me to Nightingale. The community aspect I didn’t think of as much since I’m a bit introverted, but since I’ve moved here I’m really happy about having a community.
Christa
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Christa
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Nightingale Anstey — Laneway
I am so grateful to be a part of the wonderful NG2 community. We share meals, lemons, a particular wrench, advice, camping trips and more. It’s like having your own mini world wide web in-house.
Jen & Olley
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Jen & Olley
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Nightingale 2
We're loving the light and sunsets most. We have two tangerine trees on our balcony and overlook a footy oval, you wouldn’t know you're in the middle of the city.
Anthony and Julia
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Anthony and Julia
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Nightingale Ballarat
I think the best thing is that community has happened naturally. It’s been opt-in. People know when you want to do social stuff, and when you want to have your independent time. There are four of us on this level, and our next door neighbour has already hosted dinner for the floor.
Tess and Max
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Tess and Max
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Nightingale Anstey — Station
It was always my dream as a child to own an apartment, but on a single income I thought a Bowden apartment was out of my reach. Someone told me to google ‘Nightingale Housing’, and everything that was on the Nightingale website hit me right in my values.
Sakura
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Sakura
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Nightingale Bowden
They say it takes a village to raise a child and this village has been phenomenal. We are very lucky!
Sophie, Al & Hamish
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Sophie, Al & Hamish
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Nightingale 2
We’re most interested in living in a well-designed and constructed building with a stable community. The sustainability and affordability of Nightingale projects are probably the most important aspects for us.
Brett & Brett
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Brett & Brett
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Nightingale Anstey — Station
I knew that buying a house on my own would perhaps feel isolating for me. Nightingale’s model of community connection, I knew, would be great for me in Ballarat. The sustainability aspect and beautiful design also attracted me.
Claire & Flossy
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Claire & Flossy
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Nightingale Ballarat
A dedication to building quality apartments and a focus on sustainability and liveability as well as lower ongoing resource consumption, all influenced my decision to purchase my home.
Glenn
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Glenn
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Nightingale 1
For two people whose homes and families are elsewhere, community is important to us. And despite living in Melbourne for years, at NGBE we feel a true sense of community, of belonging, and of a neighbourhood.
Laura, Alex & Fozzie Bear
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Nightingale Brunswick East
As a woman in her 40s, I can’t afford to be saddled with a lot of debt. With a small apartment I have the flexibility to own a home — my first, maybe my only one — and live a full life, something I was never sure could be an option.
Alexandra
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Alexandra
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Nightingale Skye House
We love being a part of this model, because we see that decisions and actions are considered with strong values and kindness.
Nic & Mia
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Nic & Mia
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Nightingale 1
I look forward to better quality and more environmentally sustainable living, getting to know my neighbours and community, and getting my hands dirty in the vegetable patch.
J.K.
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J.K.
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Nightingale Yambook
I really like the idea that a building like this will bring together a potentially quite diverse group of people who share similar ideas on sustainability, community, access etc.
Nick
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Nick
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Nightingale Bowden
Honestly, I’m not going to say the lockdowns were easy or fun by any stretch, however, there were definitely fun moments and living here meant we were much less isolated. We were counting our lucky stars to live in such a tight-knit community.
Lisa, Tom, Izzy & Ducky
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Lisa, Tom, Izzy & Ducky
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Nightingale Brunswick East
The idea of fair housing, that is environmentally sustainable and actively facilitates bringing together a community of like-minded people, really appealed to my values and how I wanted to live my life.
Carly
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Carly
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Nightingale Ballarat
What captured my attention is the intentional ‘triple bottom’ line of ecological, social and financial sustainability that is at the basis of this development model.
Marcelo
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Marcelo
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Nightingale 2
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.
Emma, Oran & Raff
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Emma, Oran & Raff
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Nightingale 1
I am sincerely grateful every day for the community at Nightingale while parenting small people. Between The Commons and Nightingale 1, there are about twelve kids under four years old, so there is never a shortage of kids to play with or parents to hang out with.
Kate, Jason, Hen & Jesse
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Kate, Jason, Hen & Jesse
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Nightingale 1
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