Another question, is prep equivalent to kindergarten and kinder to preschool?
I think Preston is fine, depending on your budget Brunswick or Northcote are right next to Preston but a bit closer to the city and access to heaps of great stuff and public transport. But Preston is family friendly as far as I know! Also Pascoe Vale, Coburg etc in the North, or East Bentleigh and surrounds in the South East. I personally wouldn't live as far out as Broadmeadows or Mernda, I don't have anything against those ares, they're just too far from the city for me.
I agree with Yarraville etc too if you want to be closer to the water.
Prep is the equivalent to NSW Kindergarten (ie the first year of big school), and Kinder here is pre-school (the year before you start school).
Parts of Preston are quite good. I'd try to get a property near the tram lines. Northcote, Coburg, Fairfield and Brunswick are good too. Have a nice hip vibe, interesting shops and good public transport. Good mix of different ethnicities.
I uses to live in Reservoir right next to Preston. I didn't like it much, sometimes I felt unsafe and lots of shops have closed down and makes the area seem a bit dead
If ur willing to live a bit further out parts of epping are nice with heaps of brand new properties and lots of family friendly environments. I was just in epping today visiting friends with a baby and the area where they live had brand new houses, landscaped pathways, lots of parks and playgrounds and there is a train station into the city.
I live in the inner city and I love it. Don't think I'd like to live as far put as even Preston. I like being where the action is
Thank you so much for all your replies!
We lived on the northern beaches, Dee Why, and then moved to Melbourne where my hubby is from. We lived in Ascotvale which I loved and would go back there again if moving to Melbourne.( live in Nz now - where I am from!)
Moonee Ponds and Flemington nearby cool shops, close to the city, close to tram lines and train stations. Schools at Ascotvale and Moonee ponds are good ( or were good when I did relief teaching there in 2006 ) I would also consider Pascoe Vale, Coburg if we were moving back with our little family now. Good luck with your decision.
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