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.

In Australia we still have an idea that it's somehow annoying for older kids to live in apartments. But I think it's great that people's attitudes are slowly changing.
Zoe, Luke, Ari and Teresa
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Nightingale Anstey — Laneway
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One thing I love is the insulation. As a florist, you really need something well insulated, or the flowers won’t cope with the heat, or huge changes in temperature. Here we don't even need an air conditioner.
Bea and Lilly, owners of Olive&Eve
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Bea and Lilly, owners of Olive&Eve
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Nightingale ParkLife
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Bea and Lilly, owners of Olive&Eve
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It’s interesting how, having lived here for a few months, people are so much of the same ilk as us, that we actually feel like we’ve known them for years.
Hilary and Jeph
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Hilary and Jeph
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Nightingale ParkLife
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Hilary and Jeph
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We’ve got privacy, and we’ve also got connection. There’s no other building in the inner city that has been designed like this.
Alex and Ta
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Alex and Ta
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Urban Coup
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Alex and Ta
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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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Nik and Romeo
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Nightingale Anstey — Laneway
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Nik and Romeo
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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
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Eileen, Stefan and Daphne
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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
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Elissa and Ronan
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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
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Val
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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
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Jac, owner of JAC&
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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
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Christa
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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
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Jen & Olley
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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
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Anthony and Julia
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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
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Tess and Max
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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
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Sakura
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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
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Sophie, Al & Hamish
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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
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Brett & Brett
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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
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Claire & Flossy
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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
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Glenn
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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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Laura, Alex & Fozzie Bear
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Nightingale Brunswick East
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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
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