Alex and Russel Perdio
Humans of Woodlea

Alex and Russel Perdio

Investing in your own happiness

Alex and Russel on investing in your own happiness


You may recognise Alex and Russel from around Woodlea, beaming rays of sunshine, always smiling and friendly and they’re usually accompanied by their baby Archer and two golden retrievers Parker and Charlie. 


The young couple relishes their life and the simple pleasures that fulfil it. Their life is a balancing act like most young families; juggling their successful careers with raising their very happy and energetic first born Archer. With busy work lives Alex and Russel enjoy relaxing at home and making fun out of day-to-day tasks, including Alex’s love for baking desserts.

“We don’t feel like we have to do anything special to make it special,” Russel proudly reflects.

But times were not always easy for the couple and like any young family trying to make something for themselves, they worked hard towards the lifestyle they have today. A drive and tenacity they both say they got from their parents. Alex’s family fled Vietnam during the war and Russel’s mother, a single mum, migrated from the Philippines in search of something more.

They first met and became friends at the age of 14 and following high school, Alex worked tirelessly in a restaurant for two years; sunrise starts and midnight knock-offs were a norm for the pastry chef. With a similar work drive, Russel, a business development manager and self-proclaimed ‘workaholic,’ has always been in the same field of work.

It was New Years Eve of 2015 when Alex and Russel started scrolling for land to buy. Boasting that they had “the feels” immediately when they visited Woodlea; 2016 was a year that certainly began on a high for the young couple, placing their first deposit down for land at the age of 23. 


Luckily for the young family, their immediate family now resides in Melbourne’s west, meaning they have a strong family support network within 15 minutes and for baby Archer, the first grandchild across the board, lots of time with his grandparents.


With a wedding under their belt, pregnancy, a career change and a new home build, over the years the couple have learned the importance of not sweating the small stuff. Today, Alex and Russel have the confidence to do what makes them truly fulfilled. It’s relationships and building a life for their family that is most important; investing in their future and their happiness. 


Alex and Russel’s story is part of Humans of Woodlea, an initiative by the fully integrated master-planned community as a means of highlighting the unique stories of its residents whilst showing its diversity and spirit.