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Make the city your local: meet Jazz Bell

A person standing in front of a shop front window holding a coffee cup.

After selling all her worldly possessions, Jazz Bell was set to live abroad until a global pandemic put a stop to her plans.

While the world had to wait, Jazz has spent the time since enjoying the city lifestyle from the two-bedroom Flinders Street apartment she shares with her partner.

With views of Melbourne’s most iconic train station out her window, plus all the perks of city life on her doorstep, Jazz said the vibrancy and convenience of city living was hard to beat.

‘Time is precious and I can’t justify an hour-long commute to and from work. Living in the city there is no commute. Everything is within the free tram zone or we walk,’ she said.

‘If I’m home late after work, I can just pop downstairs to grab some ramen for dinner. There are so many ramen options. Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen on Russell Street is a cute place to go.

‘Each week I read the What’s On Melbourne newsletter to see what’s new in the city and where to go for dinner or a drink.

‘Even after being here for a year, we’re still excited to find new places to try. And if one place is full, there’s always an equally good option to go to.’

On her list of recommendations are the underground Dessous in Flinders Lane for after-work cocktails, and Daughter in Law in Little Bourke Street for a fun dinner with friends.

‘Bakemono in Lonsdale Street has the feel of Japan while being in Melbourne, and my friends have just opened Queensmith Baretto, an espresso wine bar on Queen Street.’

Jazz, a freelance creative, described herself as spontaneous and said the city ‘ticks all the boxes for my lifestyle’.

‘I love going to the football, dining out with friends, we walk to Queen Victoria Market to shop, there’s so many gorgeous parks gardens and you can run along the river,’ she said.

‘It’s not the concrete jungle that many people have the idea of in their head. There are trees everywhere and it’s bustling and vibrant.

‘The CBD is not just for city workers, there’s a whole community of people who call the city home.

‘While we are renting now, I would definitely consider buying an apartment in the city.

‘There are so many beautiful apartments with floor to ceiling windows that are full of charm and character.’

Whether you’re a first home-buyer, an upsizer or an empty-nester, there’s never been a better time to live in Melbourne, with plenty of apartments for sale and rent.

Take advantage of great stamp duty savings when you buy new properties in the city between now and 30 June 2022.

A 50 per cent stamp duty concession is available for new residential properties, including apartments, valued at up to $1 million within the City of Melbourne, while a full waiver is available for new residential properties that have been on the market for more than 12 months.

Make the city your local and enjoy extraordinary everyday living.

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