A quiet cul-de-sac in Outram is the perfect place to
live, Phil and Pauline Young believe.
They moved to Skerries St with their young children about 22
years ago, to get away from traffic and enjoy the rural
Mr and Mrs Young both grew up in Southland and moved to
Outram about 1987.
Their Skerries St property offered an uninterrupted view of
the river and a bit more peace and quiet than what they had
been dealing with.
''When we first moved to Outram we were right beside quite a
busy road and the cul-de-sac meant there was no fear of
vehicles racing past on the street or past your gate,'' Mr
They bought a house on a Skerries St section which was
slightly larger than a quarter acre (0.1ha).
Mr Young said they were not hemmed in by neighbours, which
was another attraction of the property.
''We're right on the river bank, really. We've got no
neighbours facing the north, so it's a nice rural feeling.
''There's always sheep and what not floating around on the
Skerries St, Outram is the place to be, Phil Young says.
Outram was a great place for children to grow up, and
while it was rural, it was not too far from town and all the
basic services, he said.
''There were opportunities for our kids to play cricket at
the end of the street and all sorts of other things.''
Mr Young, assistant coach to the Otago rugby team, also
enjoyed living in Outram because it was removed from his
working environment in central Dunedin.
''I travel in and out each day and it's an opportunity to
think about your day as you drive in, and driving home you
unwind so by the time you get home you feel pretty good.
'' I like the rural connections with people and the wee micro
climate we've got here.''
The Youngs also had a place in the Mackenzie Basin, but do
not have any intention of moving from Outram any time soon.
''We love it here,'' Mr Young said.
''Everything's good - schooling and medical facilities. We've
got everything here, really. It's pretty cool.''