I also like Flemington & Brunswick.
I also like Flemington & Brunswick.
Thank you so much to everyone for your opinions . It is so daunting thinking about moving somewhere I have never been. So Essendon, Williamstown and Caroline Springs are all ok places but just different in terms of living... New housing estates are not my taste either but it seems so cheap and close to where we need to be that it is kinda appealing if we are only going to be there for 18 months as long as it is safe as we will save so much money! But I am a stay at home mum so I don't want to feel isolated either... Williamstown looks lovely and we live right on the beach atm and I love it so I think I would love going for walks along the water. Essendon might be a happy medium?
Now that I have a better idea I guess once we get there and have a look around hopefully we will feel which we like best
Also was going to ask and hopefully some of you know... we are going to be ttc later this year, are any of those suburbs in the catchment for a good hospital?
I may be wrong so happy to be corrected but I think in Caroline springs you'd be in the catchment for sunshine hospital which has a great home birth program, but if you won't want to/are not eligible (low risk) I think some people find sunshine a bit hmmmmm....
If you are in yarraville/Williamson you may be able to squeeze into the royal women's but I'd ring and check. If you are in essendon you can prob go to the royal women's or mercy Heidelberg, but again- check. Both the women's and mercy have good reputations.
Definitely have a good look around all the places mentioned in this thread. I've lived in all of them except Caroline springs. Pm if you like, happy to discuss. If you're not into housing estates then i dont think
Caroline springs is for you.
When DD was born i was living in CSprings and delivered in RWH. All you need is a refferal from GP. Thank god i didnt have to at Sunshine Hosp. /Shudders.
Williamstown has housing commition. Stay away from that block of flats
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If I were u I will choose to stay in Essendon. So much closer to the city. I used to live near CS. Not much out there to be honest. Nice and spacious houses though.
Yarraville is lovely.. it has a quirky vintage feel, which I like Can be pricey for rentals, but if you say you are willing to spend $700 a week, you'd have no probs.
I like Footscray, it's under-rated in my opinion.. it's because of the drug scene, which is a shame, because it's great for restaurants and bargain shopping.. be sure to visit the Chinese restaurant 'Poons'... nom nom nom
As for safety, I wouldn't travel alone at night with a child anywhere, in any suburb, so just use your descretion. I've lived in Melbourne's western suburbs my entire life. And yes, Williamstown is gorgeous, if I could choose any suburb in the west to live, it'd be Williamstown for sure.
I've lived here all my life, the best suburbs on your list are Yarraville, Seddon, West Footscray, Maribyrnong, Williamstown, Flemington, Ascot Vale, Essendon. Caroline Springs, yes it's cheap but you'll find a nice house for under $700 in all these suburbs. These suburbs are the oldest and well established, they have lovely cafes and shops, everything you need for kids, are close to the city and have the best transport services compared to new areas. Caroline Springs is a new estate surrounded by freeways and suburbs like Deer Park etc. They aren't safer imo, and everytime I've been there I always see hoons in hotted up cars
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