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Monday, 6th January, 2014

Christine I’Anson, with Cleo, said Broken Hill’s affordable housing helped convince her to stay. Christine I’Anson, with Cleo, said Broken Hill’s affordable housing helped convince her to stay.

By Andrew Robertson

When Christine I’Anson decided it was time to escape the expense and grind of Sydney, she knew it had to be to the country.

But she never expected she would end up so far west.

“I had never been to Broken Hill, I just purely picked it off a map as an adventure,” said Ms I’Anson, who moved here in January last year.

The GP had expected to stay two or three years but has since purchased two houses - one for herself and one for her daughter - and isn’t going anywhere.

“It’s just absolutely beautiful.”

Broken Hill’s laid back and affordable lifestyle was the clincher for Ms I’Anson, who said it helped that she bought in “absolutely a buyer’s market”.

In comparison, Sydney house prices were out of control, she said.

“Because houses are so expensive people are working one and half jobs each just to afford (to pay the mortgage).

“It’s just not affordable for the younger generation.”

Her daughter Shannon recently made the move from Sydney, where Ms I’Anson still has a house.

“She’s only had a week here and she’s loving it.”

Ms I’Anson, who is now planning to buy a block of land on which to put some animals, said she grew up in the country and always knew she would return one day.

But she didn’t expect it to be Broken Hill “It’s very affordable (and) very liveable.

“I have no regrets; I love it.”

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