Thanks for all your responses. Very helpful.
@gaia, I would be interested to know the breakdown of costs for the private assessment if you are willing to share, either here or in a private message to my account.
Thank you! I will check out these areas...
My husband will likely have to drive quite a bit since his job will be visiting lots of different areas. Moped sounds great - but we don't have a bike license!
In terms of our requirements well the garage isn't for cars, its for our toys - bikes, surfboards, diving gear, climbing gear, camping gear, skiing gear, etc etc... and we'd like a small city car plus we intend to get a camper, hence wanting parking for two. And bedroom-wise we do a lot of work from home hence we'd like the 3rd bedroom to use as a study. We're used to living in a large 4-bed house with study, I don't think we're quite ready to downsize to a 2 bed!
Yeah he has parking at his office - although we're open to travelling by public transport as well.
I'll take a look at those areas... in terms of modern, I guess we'd like something that has a newish kitchen and bathroom and is brick built, not timber. Where is the 'hills district'?