What about Hoppers Crossing? It's between Tarneit and Point Cook. Probably the same travel time to Williamstown as Point Cook (depending on how close you are to freeway entrance). Lots of nice new houses (lots of old ones as well) and really affordable.
Hey jez, I don't know what it's like to live there as I'm from the other side of Melbourne, in Highett, but have you looked at Altona Meadows?
I agree with Altona Meadows, with your requirements I would look more closely at that one. Its an older suburb but has the new estate home sizes you're looking for and it's a little closer to Williamstown, plus you have Altona Beach close by which is a bonus.
Is traffic just as bad? I don't think as bad as trying to get out of Point Cook or tarneit and you'll get a quicker run into kororoit creek rd (the way to williamstown)
I wouldn't go to any of the suburbs you have listed, bad traffic, bad infrastructure etc. I lived in Altona and liked living there so will vouch for that area.
Personally though, I liked living in a smaller place and having somewhere like the beach, good playground etc to go to every day. There are two train stations in Altona as well, to get to and from there. Altona Meadows would be a good option as well but doesn't have good public transport so you would drive to Altona for that.
We had a kindy teacher living in point cook and drove into altona every day for work. It took her 45min minimum every day. If there were delays up to 1.5 hours!! That is a huge travel time considering you are living so close really. The calculated cost of running a car every day to work, in an hours worth of traffic, is apparently up to 12 grand a year in a family budget. This is what made me want DH near a train station and pay more in rent, as it worked out cheaper when comparing it like that. (He worked in the city).
There should be houses in your price range in Altona meadows.
Traffic is horrible on Princes Fwy toward Westgate everyday. I'd try to stay the closest to the city as possible if you need to get the freeway to reach Williamstown. Suburbs near Caroline Springs like Burnside & Cairnlea cut some of that traffic as the ring road is quite free between ballarat rd and the princes. Check Sunshine West as they have a new state there, hence new big houses, and its closer to Williamstown.
Can you do a drive in the area during peak hour to check it out yourself?
It really depends. I would say Point Cook and if you can find a property near the exit. Along the top of PC road, Palmers Rd or Forsyth Rd. If not look out the back of Hoppers, not sure what the area is called now.....Ask your DH about his work arrangements too as this will make a massive difference if he could start a little earlier or later. I recently worked in Surrey Hills (45km from my house) and it was 45mins on a good day and an hour at most usually (obviously there are sometimes days when it could take 2 hrs but they were rare). But I left home at 6:30am. I now work in Campbellfield and it takes 30 mins but the ring road is not the WGF.
If you are looking at places in Saltwater Coast / Alamanda or Sactuary lakes for example you need to factor in Point Cook Road.
Unfortuanately unless you live quite close to the freeway getting out of the tarniets or williams landings of the world will be difficult at 7:30am.
But the areas themselves are pretty nice.
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