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February 25, 2016

All things to good people

For highly-motivated, young entrepreneurs Daniels Langeberg and Izzy Pearce a city home perfectly blends the connectivity they need to get things done and the tranquility that helps them stay sane.

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  • Words: Johnny von Einem
  • Pictures: Jonathan van der Knaap

Just a block away from Hurtle Square’s Forest of Dreams lives Daniels Langeberg and Izzy Pearce; a couple whose relaxed, welcoming nature belies their ambitious, entrepreneurial attitudes.

Dans, who Adelaide natives will recognise as the founder of EcoCaddy, and Izzy, a performance artist, yoga instructor, and soon-to-be art therapist, not only inhabit the city, but also contribute to it.

For Izzy, the move into the city was a recent revelation.

“I’ve grown up pretty much in the ‘burbs my whole life, so I was just feeling like I needed a bit of a change,” Izzy says.

“Just being in the buzz you notice lots of new things popping up that you wouldn’t normally notice [and] just visually it’s something different from the suburbs lifestyle.”

In Dans’ case, having spent time living in Melbourne and Shanghai, there was no other option than to be in the city.

“Adelaide’s really… supportive, and now, because a new generation’s coming through, it’s more collaborative than competitive.” – Daniels Langeberg


“It’s just one of my principles; if I’m going to live anywhere in Adelaide it’s got to be the city,” he says.

“I would’ve sacrificed a lot to do that. There’s a big difference to living in the CBD or North Adelaide [compared] to punching through the Parklands and going somewhere else.”

Looking out from their balcony, with plenty of treetops peeking above the roofs of neighbouring buildings, the southern edge of the city has something like suburbia to offer.

“Because we live in a cul-de-sac and we live off a short street there’s, I suppose, a more local feel to it,” Dans says.

“We get less thoroughfare from strangers, so if a person walks down our street, they’re walking down it for a reason.”

“It’s this lovely community feeling,” Izzy adds. “You think you live in the city, you’re not going to get that feeling, but it’s actually great.”

Adelaide’s community-oriented nature is also what motivated Dans to base his business in the CBD.

“Adelaide’s really… supportive, and now, because a new generation’s coming through, it’s more collaborative than competitive, which is something that I’m always trying to push,” he says.

“The people that are living in Adelaide… they’re cool people that I want to talk to, hang out with, have a beer with, do business with. It’s extremely refreshing.”

The couple are currently sharing with housemates Sam and Damien, who can take credit for the majority of the furniture in the house. Before finding this place Dans and Izzy were staying at EcoCaddy HQ with little more than a backpack, a couch, and a bed with a frame made from wooden pallets.

“I found this place for us to move into and [Izzy]’s expectations were pretty low,” Dans laughs. “Still got the pallet bed, but I’ve upgraded with a headboard.”


The walls around the home are lined with Izzy’s Etsy finds and artwork made by friends, but there’s one particularly interesting piece hung in the bedroom.

“It’s a painting we made with our bodies,” Izzy laughs.

“I was going through a tough time with EcoCaddy,” Dans says, “[Izzy] was just like ‘take off the clothes, let’s get the paint out,’ and we stretched this canvas out.”

And for these guys – just like a little dose of art therapy can help shake off the stresses of working life – so living in the city is about finding balance.

“I think it’s finding those little pockets. People think you can’t find pockets of peace in the city,” Izzy says. “[And] I think having yoga is great because it’s finding calm in the chaos.”

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